IT Job Search Tips: Research, network, query, resource and be realistic. It will save you time.
Looking for a new IT job can be a daunting procedure to go through. This is true for both recent graduates and seasoned professionals who have not interviewed or changed jobs for a few years. For many people, focusing attention on yourself is a challenging proposition and writing about yourself can prove to be very difficult and stressful.
Let’s try and take the stress out of the process and look at the context of why you are looking for new employment. Just remember it is your choice and or need to make a move which means you have the power. Having the power is a mental enabler and strategic position to be in.
Let’s break it down.
You probably want to make a move for one or more of the following reasons:
This IT job search list is not exhaustive but most of you will relate to at least one. So what’s next?
You decide what you want to do and the types of company you want to work for.
There is more information readily available now than ever before. All you need to do is look at LinkedIn to review the company, the people who work at the company and glassdoor for reviews on the company. Ask your networks what it is like to work for certain companies and go to Seek and the company Career pages to see what jobs are available, that you think are suitable. Do your research and develop an educated view on the market. As a recruiter, I guess you wonder why I am telling how to do all of this? I will help bust some facts for you at the same time as helping you prepare for the interview.
- Decided that you are definitely on the market for a new job.
- You have identified the reasons WHY you are looking for a new job.
- You have researched the market, your target of preferred companies, spoken to networks, and are building a relationship with a good recruiter or two.
- You are now thinking about dusting off the resume and sending it out to market. See Article on The Winning Resume Formula that will secure you interviews and How to write your Executive Summary.
- You have started sending your resumes to Companies and your choice of good recruiters.
- You have started to receive calls from prospects to organise interviews.
- Initial phone interview
- Initial Video Interview via Skype
- Face to Face interview with a recruiter / internal recruiter
- Face to face interview with a Manager, HR or team members
- Face to Face interview with Senior Manager, CEO, Director
- Recruiter receives your resume and wants to phone interview you immediately. You get on well, you have some of your basic questions answered to satisfy your level of interest. See Article on How to deal with agency pre-interview calls.
- The pre-interview with the agent leads you to a face to face interview with your choice of a good recruiter. See article on how to interview with a Recruiter.
- Your choice of good recruiter gets you an initial phone interview with the client. See hints and tips for taking a phone interview.
- Your phone interview goes really well so the client wants to meet for a face to face interview. See article on what to expect and how to prepare for a face to face interview with a client.
- Your 1st face to face goes really well so they want you to come back and meet with the team. See article on meeting the team.
- The team really like you and you really like them so you get called back again to meet HR and the CEO for final approval. See article on final interviews.