Technology jobs tend to be competitive under normal circumstances, but COVID-19 has ramped up the competition to another level. With many people laid off or out of work, as a technology professional, you are faced with additional competition of available roles.
With more competition, you need to take additional steps to stand out and differentiate yourself from other candidates. Our technology recruiters offer up some tips to help you stand out in your job search when there are so many people to compete with:
All hiring managers and recruiters appreciate those who are strong communicators. Replying promptly can help you make a good impression. It communicates you are interested and excited about the job.
There is always something new coming up. Whether you are a programmer, developer, or work in any other area of tech, it’s important to stay on top of industry trends. Be a first adopter, gain experience with new tools, and have knowledge about how future developments can impact things you are working on and engaged with now.
Leverage LinkedIn and other social channels to be an active participant in the conversations happening in the tech industry. In addition to joining tech groups, engaging with and offering comments, you can also offer up insights. You can write reviews of new tools you’ve tried, blog about best practices, and take part in social media hangouts and webinars.
Tech never stands still. Things are always changing. Top industry talent is always looking for ways to add new skills and knowledge. You need to grow with the industry. Take courses, learn new programs, programming languages, and continue to round out your skillset.
One of the best ways you can illustrate what you can do is to actually show it to hiring managers. Do you design websites? Provide links to your most recent work. Develop a custom database? Offer up a walkthrough. Are you a programmer? Provide some sample code. Providing concrete samples of your work will give companies a real indication of the type of work you can do for them.
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Priscilla is a Recruitment Consultant whose primary focus is recruiting for contract positions within the IT, Finance, and HR functions. With more than four years of experience as a specialized contract recruiter, within the IT & Finance sectors, Priscilla truly enjoys what she does. She loves that recruitment allows her to meet amazing new people every day, and is thrilled when she can make someone’s day by letting them know they GOT THE JOB!