Essential Tips to Nail the Interview, Land Your First IT Job

Susan Hall
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Top Nine Tips for Job Seekers Entering the Market

Tips on searching for your first or next IT job.

Entering the job market is nerve-racking, but the good news for those in the IT field is that technology is still one of the strongest economy sectors, and many of the fastest-growing occupations are technology-related. Check out these posts at IT Business Edge to help you make the move from college to your first IT job. You'll find a wealth of advice on writing resumes:


Ten Reasons Why IT Is a Great Career Choice

Even College IT Students Can Write a Resume with Impact-Employers want to see how your work or school projects have made a difference.

To Make an Impression, Cut the Gobbledygook-Tell your story in clear, simple language.

Are You Innovative? Motivated? Tell How- Use specific details instead of buzzwords that don't tell your story.

What if Your Achievements Are Hard to Quantify?-Learn a formula for stating your achievements, using measurements that matter to the hiring manager.

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10 Good Ways to "Tell Me About Yourself"

Break the interview pattern and grab attention.

Hard-to-Quantify Achievements: They're About Solving Problems-Start with a business problem and tell what you did to solve it.

For a Better Resume, Get Outside Your Own Head- Provide enough detail to make your accomplishments clear.

References' Word Choice Could Hurt Your Career- Discuss the language your reference will use to describe you.

Connect, Engage with Recruiters Online to Boost Your Job Search

IT Job Descriptions-Employers have contributed these real job descriptions. You can use them to learn the duties and responsibilities of different positions.

'How to Get Fired!' Excerpt - This funny book is actually about how to stay employed.


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How Not to Follow Up After a Job Interview

A rogues' gallery of infamously inappropriate follow-ups.

Also check out these posts on interviewing:

First Job? Sweat the Preparation, Not the Interview-Put the work in before you go in.

"How to Succeed While Talking About Failure"-Go into interviews with stories about mistakes that taught you something.

Put Potential Employers Under the Microscope- Working for startups can be fun, but make sure they're financially solvent.

Keep Your Radar up to Assess Cultural Fit- You can tell a lot about a company just by looking around.

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Oct 14, 2012 12:25 PM hoapres hoapres  says:
How about talking to people actually INVOLVED in HIRING being the hiring manager. Outside the fact that IT is an extremely poor career choice with FEW entry level positions with competition for said positions being highly extreme. The solution is obvious. Pound the pavement. Forget all the advice from recruiters who in most cases don't fill the job. More common than one might suppose is that HR after spending "oodles of time" looking for a nonexistent purple squirrel sends the "job" to 10+ agencies. The recruiters go around the world looking for a non existent purple squirrel and after submitting the resumes back to HR find out that all of their candidate already submitted their resumes. This is called "exhausted the applicant pool". The end result is that nobody gets hired. Your best chances of getting the first IT job. 1. Pound the pavement 2. BEFORE you graduate from college, get as MUCH PRIOR WORK experience as possible. Reply

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