If you’re reading this article, you’ve probably already decided that you want to be an IT specialist.
But how do you get there? The path can be hard and uncertain, but I’m here to tell you that we all come from different backgrounds and bring different experiences to the table. That makes our journeys unique!
So if this is your first time trying to land a job as an IT specialist or even if it isn’t you’ll find that there are many things that could help make the process easier on your way through.
From my experience working with people who are new to the field, these are some of my best tips for those who are just starting (or considering) landing their dream job as an IT professional:
Obtain A Degree
Having an IT degree is the first step to landing your dream job. However, you must choose the right degree and make sure you have a good education with it.
When choosing your degree, consider what kind of work you want to do in the future. If possible, try to get a job as an IT specialist before deciding on what kind of specialization or major you’ll take while studying.
This way, you can get familiar with how they work and what they do every day.
You should also consider which kind of job will suit best for your personality traits and interests.
For example: if you are good at programming languages but hate dealing with customers directly (like me), then perhaps being a programmer isn’t for me! But if I enjoy teaching people about computers then maybe becoming an instructor would be better suited for me!
Choose A Specialization
You should choose a specialization that you are interested in, but also one that you are good at. You want to get the most out of your education, so it’s important to find something that not only interests you but is also easy for you to learn.
If your specialization is too difficult or requires more studying than what your schedule allows for, then it won’t be beneficial for either party involved (you and the school).
It would be a waste of money and time if this happened because then both parties would have wasted their resources by doing nothing productive together.
When choosing a specialization there needs to be some kind of future value as well; otherwise what was learned could just end up being useless information that won’t help anyone unless they plan on becoming an archaeologist themselves someday soon!
Align Your Skills With The Job Description
The first step in getting your dream job is to identify the skills you currently have and then match them to the job description.
Skills are abilities, talents, or knowledge that a person has acquired through education, training, or experience.
For example, if you have been working as an IT specialist for several years and want to move into management position within your company, then it will be necessary for you to develop leadership skills.
A job description provides essential information on what the employer requires from their employees in order for them to do their best work possible.
A good example of this would be when someone applies for a managerial position but does not have any management experience.
When interviewing for such positions it is important that applicants demonstrate how they are capable of performing all duties required by their new role including those needed from managers like problem solving skills or conflict resolution techniques etcetera.”
Be Ready For The Technical Interview
You know what they say: you should be ready for anything. And when it comes to your technical interview, that’s especially true.
In addition to talking about your past experience and current skill level, the interviewer may ask you questions about your future goals, team skills and ability to learn new skills.
You should be prepared with examples of how you’ve demonstrated these abilities in previous jobs or school projects.
For example, if asked how well you can adapt to new technologies in an interview, talk about how easy it was for you to pick up some new Python programming skills on a project at work last quarter.
If asked whether or not you’re comfortable working with a team as part of an IT job interview question list, share about some of the groups where you’ve been a leader or collaborator within tech teams such as Hackathons or student organizations on campus (or even just at work).
Don’t Forget Soft Skills
One of the most important things you can do to land your dream IT job is to practice soft skills.
Soft skills, or “people skills,” are the abilities that you cannot learn in a classroom or on the job. They’re crucial for professional success because they show employers that you have certain qualities that are essential for success in IT careers.
You’ll need these skills when working with clients, colleagues, and managers and also when collaborating with other members of your team.
Here are some examples of soft skills:
Communication – Whether it’s written or verbal communication, communicating well will help everyone understand each other better (and avoid confusion).
Collaboration – Working together as part of a team helps us all accomplish more than we could alone. It also teaches us how others think about problems and solutions so we can improve our own methods over time!
Teamwork – Collaboration isn’t enough if everyone isn’t willing to pitch in equally; being able to contribute equally shows trustworthiness and dedication which will make others want work with them again later down the road too!
Ask The Right Questions During The Interview
Ask questions that show you’re interested in the job:
- What are the main responsibilities of this position?
- What is your management style?
- How long has this position been open, and why does it need to be filled now?
Ask questions that show you’re interested in the company: – Do you work with many other companies or do all of your projects come from within your organization? If so, what are some examples of those partnerships working well together (i.e., examples of when it’s worked well)?
Ask questions that show you’re interested in the team: – What qualities make a good team member at [company name]?
Are there any special qualities needed specifically for this role (i.e., experience with technology X), or is someone who wants to learn new things welcomed here regardless of their background/skillset at present moment?
Find Patterns In Your Past Experiences And Projects
While you’re at it, use your past experiences to show the interviewer that you have the skills they are looking for. For example:
If you’ve worked in a data center before and done server maintenance, highlight this on your resume as one of your key areas of expertise.
In fact, if there’s anything else about yourself or your experience that could boost an interviewer’s confidence in hiring you for this job, mention it. Edit out any unnecessary information so the resume is concise yet effective you want them to see only what matters most!
If there’s something about your characters like being detail-oriented or organized that would be valuable for someone who works as an IT specialist, make sure that comes across in both resumes and interviews. It doesn’t need to be explicitly stated;
Just let it shine through when talking about past projects or experiences where these qualities were necessary for success.
Don’t Stop At One Position
If you are thinking about changing jobs, don’t be afraid to do so. You might think that moving around too much is a bad thing for your career and it will hurt your chances of getting into a specific IT position.
That couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, many employers would rather have someone who has moved around and had various experiences than someone who has been at one company for 15 years and isn’t as up-to-date with new tech or processes.
It also doesn’t matter if you are underpaid or overpaid relative to other people in similar roles; all that matters is that you are making progress within your field and continuing to hone your skillset.
If you’re feeling like you aren’t being paid enough for the work that you do then ask for more money! It’s never fun asking for more money but we guarantee that it will feel great once it’s done, especially if they say yes (which they often do).
Pick Certifications With Caution
Don’t get certified just because it’s a requirement. Many organizations have certification requirements for their IT positions, but those are often set by top executives who don’t know what they’re talking about.
If you’re simply looking to meet a requirement, you may be better served by selecting another certification that will be more useful in your job search and more relevant to your day-to-day tasks as an IT specialist.
Don’t get certified just because it’s easy. Some people look at certifications as nothing but credentials on paper and it shows:
Many of these individuals collect dozens of certificates without learning anything new or developing any skills beyond memorizing the questions and answers from the exam bank.
If your goal is merely to obtain a piece of paper that proves you know how to perform certain tasks (or even if it isn’t), there are better ways than getting certified in something that isn’t very challenging or demanding!
Don’t get certified just because it’s cheap/fast/easy
Search For Openings On Different Platforms
Use different keywords and phrases to describe your skills and experience.
Search for jobs at job sites, social media platforms and search engines that are specific to the IT industry in your city/state/country.
Don’t limit yourself to just one platform, such as LinkedIn or Indeed. Also check out niche job sites like Dice (for technology professionals), Monster (for all industries), Glassdoor (to get an inside look at companies) and CareerBuilder (for more general searches).
Consider Relocating If You Need To
If you are not happy with your current job, consider relocating. If you are not happy with your current location, consider relocating. If you are not happy with your current living situation, consider relocating.
And if you are not happy with your current partner: well, that’s an entirely different conversation altogether (and one I am in no position to give advice on).
But really if there is something about where you live or work or study that is seriously making it difficult for you to be productive and successful in life? It might be worth investigating whether or not there are other options out there for you.
Monitor Your Networking Progress
Use LinkedIn to keep track of your connections. You can use LinkedIn to stay close with the people you know, or to find new contacts in the IT field. It’s a great way to keep up with former colleagues, friends, and acquaintances who are now working in your industry.
As you meet new people through networking events, it’s important to add them as contacts on LinkedIn so that you have an easy way of following up later if an opportunity comes up for one of them (or even yourself).
Use Twitter for quick bursts of networking. If Twitter is more your style than Facebook or Google+, then this is a great platform for sending out quick career updates and asking questions about others’ experiences in tech fields (and also just getting better at using Twitter).
You can also use hashtags like #ITJobs or #ITInternships so that other job seekers will come across your posts when they search those terms while looking for information themselves!
Become A Blogger Or Write Guest Articles For Others
Writing is an important skill to have, and not just for job seekers. Even if you don’t work in a field where writing is your main responsibility, it’s still important that you can write well.
Let’s say that one day you’re asked to help out with some articles on the company blog. Or maybe someone needs help creating content for their website or social media accounts.
Writing has many benefits:
Writing helps clarify your thoughts and strengthens the message of whatever it is you’re trying to communicate (this includes emails!)
It gives those around us clients and coworkers a chance to see how we think about things and how we express ourselves verbally (and sometimes even physically!)
To learn more about writing as a skill for IT specialists, check out this article from our guest writer Kory Messman: [Link]
Don’t Shy Away From Social Media Platforms
Social media is a great way to stay connected with people. It’s also a great way to network, build your personal brand, and connect with recruiters.
You don’t have to be an expert at social media or even have a large number of followers on Twitter or Instagram in order for it to benefit you in job hunting. I’m not going to tell you whether or not you should use social media the decision is up to you (and your boss).
But if you choose not to use social networks as part of your job hunt strategy, keep in mind that some recruiters will specifically look for people who aren’t using them for professional purposes.
So if this is something that would hold back your efforts at landing the perfect IT specialist position … well then maybe now’s the time for an upgrade?
You can land your dream job as an IT specialist, but it will require hard work, dedication and a lot of patience. It’s important to remember that even if you don’t get the job right away there are other opportunities out there for you.
Your goal should be to keep improving yourself so that when a good opportunity comes along, you’ll be ready!