If you are an experienced information technology candidate, you may think finding a job will be easier now that you have knowledge and credentials. While moving up the career ladder can, in some ways, be simpler than looking for an entry-level position, seeking promotions and new opportunities still presents challenges. You want to rise to the occasion and find a perfect new position, so you should follow some basic job search tips catered towards experienced IT job seekers.
Skip the objective and use a career summary
Instead of highlighting what objectives you’re hoping to accomplish, take the time to briefly introduce who you are and trace your career trajectory. Summarizing where you have come from can help you and potential employers visualize the next steps on your career path. In that career summary, you have a few bullet points at the top of your resume to make a great impression on the hiring manager and show your value to the organization.
Outline potential interview questions and prepare talking points
Experienced IT candidates are expected to be more knowledgeable in interviews. Consider the questions you are most likely to be asked and prepare some talking points so you are ready to provide good answers. Your experience provides a lot of options to answer the interview questions you will receive. Preparing your answers before the interview allows you to stay organized and not be stumbling with an indirect answer during the actual interview.
Talk with colleagues who have recently interviewed or gone through the job search process
You can find out about what their interview experience was like and what employers are looking for. This can be especially helpful if you’ve been at your current position for a while and out of the job hunting market. Use your network and reach out to colleagues who have recently interviewed for jobs. If your research leads you to employees at the company where you’re interviewing, even better! Any insight will be helpful to getting you prepared and staying calm.
Do some research into salary and the actual job
You want to have a realistic idea of what you can expect as you advance your career, but don’t jump right to asking about salary when considering possible opportunities. Conduct research to know what’s fair and you won’t waste anyone’s time during the interview. Your network can come into play here, but there are other options as well. Look at online salary guides or ask your recruiter since they will know the industry or can ask the company directly before you get involved in the interview process.
Working with professional recruiters can also be beneficial for experienced IT candidates who are looking to take their careers to the next level. You can reach out to the staffing professionals at Technology Partners to make connections with top employers and find exciting new opportunities. Give us a call today at 877-636-1331 or contact us online to learn more about the ways a leader in information technology recruiters in St. Louis can help your career.