Is the job search process different for tech professionals than it is for those in other professions? Yes and no. Matthew Rothenberg, Editor-in-Chief, TheLadders.com, spells out six strategies tech folks need to bear in mind while looking for their next position. Dealing with non-technical HR staff requires keeping up with certifications, which are often used to weed out folks from the interview process, and perhaps more importantly, a thoughtfully prepared explanation of how your skills support the goals of the organization – in language that anyone can easily understand. Click through for more tips on maximizing your search efforts.
Click through for important strategies to keep in mind when looking for your next IT position.
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Make sure your resume is scrubbed of outdated technologies and make sure you refer to the most current programming languages and techniques. If you need to update you certifications, do so. Don’t rely on your experience to demonstrate your skills alone.
You may be talking to an HR professional who isn’t as familiar with the terminology of the position you are applying for. Speak in broader terms when you are talking to this person, otherwise he or she might find it harder to make a connection with you.
In a field where staying on top of the latest changes and developments is essential, make sure you can tell your interviewer how you have been keeping up, especially if you have not been permanently employed. Are your certifications up-to-date?
The hiring manager isn’t concerned about what this position can do for your professional advancement. What he or she really wants to know is how you can help the company solve its problems. Focus on how your specific skills and capabilities can help the hiring manager fill the gap in this department.