5 Job Search Tips for New IT Graduates
Each spring, thousands of Information Systems graduates enter the workforce, resulting in stiff competition. For the aspiring IT workers, it’s important to give yourself the edge over the other candidates by showing that you have superior skills and a professional work ethic. If you’re a recent graduate preparing to begin your career in information technology, here are a few job search tips.
Do Your Research
Do you specialize in a certain type of software? Are you certified in a particular operating system? Be sure to search for companies looking for those who have experience in these areas and emphasize your experience in your cover letter.
Use Recruiting Resources
Your college may have a job placement office. Even if you’ve already graduated, you can usually return to this office as an alumni and they will assist you with your job search. Now that you’re a graduate, however, a professional IT recruiter can work on your behalf to find the best possible job for you. Depending on your specialty, a recruiter might be able to secure a higher salary and perks than you would have negotiated on your own. Plus, a professional recruiter specializes in knowing the information technology job market in your area.
Consider Expanding Your Job Search Location
Maybe you are dead-set against a relocation. But if not, consider going where the work takes you. Certain areas are more in need of information technology specialists than others and you can increase the amount of your paycheck by taking a position in an area where specialists in your area are in high demand.
If you’re only applying to those jobs posted online, you’re likely in for a long wait. Once these positions are posted, your competition increases exponentially. Contact companies that haven’t yet posted an opening. The only thing you have to lose is the waste of a few minutes as you type up an e-mail. Consider attending networking events in your area to meet others in the business world who may have leads on job opportunities.
From the time you interview to your third month on the job, always put on your most professional face. This means wearing attire that is work appropriate and showing up for work early every morning. Always exhibit a positive attitude and complete all work assignments in a timely manner. These little things will make a big difference when it comes to your long-term career.