May 27th, 2015
If you’re looking for IT jobs, of the best ways to attract IT recruiters and IT staffing companies is to really polish and update your LinkedIn profile. Your profile picture may seem like an afterthought, but it’s actually pretty important in making a good impression on IT staffing firms and IT recruiting companies. A bad profile photo can give the wrong impression or worse – make technical recruiters bypass your profile completely. Here are some key things to keep in mind when you’re adding your profile.
Firstly, make sure your face is visible in the picture. This is what people will connect with and remember the most. Secondly, make sure that recruiters can see your face—and everything else in the picture—well. A blurry picture looks sloppy and suggests your IT skills might be subpar. Take the time to add a well-taken and cropped photo.
Third, the composition of the photo doesn’t have to be fancy, but it shouldn’t be confusing. Make sure you’re clearly the subject of the photo and nothing distracting is going on in the background. You don’t want it to be hard for IT recruiting agencies to identify you in your own profile picture. Lastly, your facial expression should be positive. A simple smile is perfect here. Especially in IT, where sometimes soft skills are at a premium, you want to look easy and pleasant to work with!
Your LinkedIn profile picture can be more useful in your IT job search than you think.
May 27th, 2015
Prepping for interviews for IT jobs usually involves going over your best possible answers for the standard interview questions. Perhaps you get some feedback and some instructions from your IT staffing firms and technical recruiters. Here are some questions that you, your IT recruiters and IT staffing agencies may not think of in your preparations. It’s worth noting that even though these questions aren’t obvious to you, IT recruiting companies and IT staffing companies are likely to recognize them. They’re among the top 50 asked interview questions.
1. How would you deal with an upset client/user? This is a common question for helpdesk positions or positions that are client and user-facing. It’s important to have ideas about how to respond to these questions. It will set you apart from your competition.
2. What would you achieve in the first 30, 60, or 90 days on the job? This question seems more fit for a Presidential candidate, but they’re pretty relevant to project-based IT work. Don’t wing it—take time to think about how you could contribute quickly and in an impactful way to the company you’re interviewing with.
How would you deal with an upset client? It’s a good thing to think about before an interview.
May 25th, 2015
Because the IT field has such a unique set of skills, sometimes IT professionals can be torn as to whom their resumes should be accessible to. Should resumes speak to IT recruiters, IT staffing companies, and HR and be less technical? Or should resumes go into the kind of technical detail that hiring managers and potential coworkers could understand (and might confuse technical recruiters, IT recruiting agencies, and people in HR)? The answer is, unfortunately, not so clear-cut: it depends.
If you’re having a tough time deciding how much technical detail to leave in or take out of your resume, it could be worth it to develop two different resumes: one can be more technical. One can be a more general version for your IT staffing agencies and IT recruiting firms, who often only need a picture of your career progression and skills. You can offer both versions to IT recruiting companies when they submit you to IT jobs. They may use one, either, or both depending on the potential employer. They may also help you meld the two together into a perfect version for the hiring manager. Whatever the case may be, your preparation of 2 resumes will be useful to you and your IT staffing firms.
Sometimes your most technical and detailed resume isn’t the best option.