October 31st, 2014
Information technology work is often project-based and IT contractors usually have to have their resumes polished and ready to present to IT recruiters and IT staffing companies. Most IT consultants are well-versed in what makes a great resume—or if they aren’t, technical recruiters usually set them straight pretty quickly. However, there are some mistakes that people always seem to make in creating their resumes—and they’re not inconsequential. Avoid these mistakes at all costs, because they’ll sink your chances of getting IT jobs!
Don’t use gimmicky formats. It may seem like a great way to make your resume stand out, but the truth is that IT managers want to see pretty conventionally-formatted, clean, concise resumes. If you are the right person for the job, you’ll stand out. Don’t let a weird format throw off your potential employer and distract them from all your great qualities and experience.
Don’t give away confidential information, including your references. If your resume is the first impression a manager or IT headhunter has of you, don’t let it suggest you’re disloyal or untrustworthy. Putting confidential information on your resume, including the contact info for your references, demonstrates that you’re not willing to or capable of keeping sensitive information to yourself. Nobody wants to hire that person, so make sure that’s not who your resume suggests you are!
Don’t flummox hiring managers and IT recruiters with a weird resume format. Keep it simple.
October 29th, 2014
In a field like information technology, there are plenty of reasons why IT contractors might have a reason to say “I don’t know” to their IT managers or coworkers at their IT jobs. Technologies are constantly being updated or new ones are being created and IT consultants can only do their best to stay current with them. There is a better way to deal with a question you don’t have the answer to, though, a way that will keep your reputation stellar with your employer, IT recruiters, and IT staffing firms.
Next time you’re tempted to say “I don’t know” stop and take a breath. Think about what you do know that could be useful and proved that info. Then finish by saying that you’ll look into this matter and get back to the person who asked you the question. You may even mention that you think you know, but you’d like to confirm the answer first. The reason this kind of response works better is that it demonstrates a few good qualities about you—qualities that make IT managers, technical recruiters, and IT recruiting companies want to work with you. Firstly, answers like this demonstrate that you’re willing to be helpful—possibly even if it’s above and beyond your job description. Secondly, giving a partial response, or showing that you’re able to get one, shows that you’re both competent and resourceful. Remember this trick the next time you get a tough question—it can turn an ordinary moment into one that reflects well on you.
Next time you get a tough question at your IT job, don’t say “I don’t know”!
October 27th, 2014
IT contractors usually know that it’s imperative to ask questions in interviews for IT jobs. (If they don’t, IT recruiters and IT staffing firms usually set them straight!) What IT consultants may not know is that there are some questions you should always include in the ones you ask. The following questions aren’t just helpful for you, but also for forming a great impression with your interviewer (and that will help form a great impression with your IT recruiting agencies and technical recruiters).
What defines success in this role? What would the ideal candidate contribute to this company and team? This is the kind of question that shows you have your priorities straight and you’ve got an organized, focused approach to your work. Employees who care about carrying their weight in a company and have the foresight to request their goals before they’re given are the ones people want to hire and keep.
What are attributes you’d like to see in the person who fills this role? What are attributes you would NOT like to see in the person who fills this role? These questions are important for the prospective employer and for you as the prospective employee. You need to know if your work style, personality, and experience are a good fit for this job. If they aren’t, these questions will quickly reveal that. For the employer, asking this question lets them know you are looking at the bigger picture: the company’s needs. Asking questions like this is far more effective than saying cliché things like ‘I’m a team player!’
Are your questions in interviews just babbling, or are they useful to you and impressive to your potential employer?