March 30th, 2015
If you’ve got interviews for IT jobs coming up soon, you’re probably preparing the usual things with your IT recruiters and IT staffing agencies. These things are important, and you should certainly focus on them. But once you’ve covered all the bases your IT staffing firms and technical recruiters tell you too, you may want to consider developing a “hook” that will make you stand out. What exactly would that be?
A good hook is something that will make you stand out to your interviewers in a good way. They’ll remember you for more than just the skills your IT recruiting companies have vetted you for—something quirky like an unconventional hobby or an interesting story you can tell about yourself (that’s still relevant to the topics discussed in the interview). For instance, if you have done some IT- centered volunteer work for an interesting nonprofit, this is a good hook that your interviewer can remember you by. If you’re unsure if your hook is appropriate or just a good idea, you can always run it by your IT recruiting agencies. Even if you don’t get this particular job, your hook might impress your IT staffing companies and they might make sure they can place you at another job!
Your interviewer will be meeting a few candidates. How will they remember you?
March 27th, 2015
More and more IT recruiters and IT staffing agencies these days are able to offer their job candidates skype (or similar technologies) interviews. If your technical recruiters or IT recruiting firms set up a skype interview for you, here are some tips to make sure you get offered the IT jobs.
- Start by scheduling the interview a day and time when you can be fully prepared. Your IT staffing companies and IT recruiting agencies want you to succeed in your interviews. So they’ll understand when you ask them to help you schedule the interview for a day and time when you’ll be able to do the interview with a secure internet connection, have a clean, quiet, and appropriate location to do it in, and be able to wear interview-appropriate clothing.
- Make sure you practice interviewing with the technology you’ll be using ahead of time. It’s not enough to simply practice interviewing. You want to know how you come across and what it feels like to use this technology. You also want to know how to use it so you can easily set it up the day of the interview.
- Lastly, it may seem obviously, but remember that this interview is just as serious as an in-person interview. It could be easy to forget this because you’re at home, but don’t! Stay professional and keep your head in the game—your IT recruiting companies will really appreciate it and so will your interviewers!
Practice using Skype– or whatever other technology you’re using– before the interview.
March 25th, 2015
Are you looking to connect with some IT recruiters and IT staffing firms to get started on a job search? Are you having a tough time creating good relationships with technical recruiters and IT recruiting companies? It might have to do with your online presence. Here are some ways to make sure you’re more visible to IT staffing agencies and IT recruiting firms online—and in most flattering way possible.
Firstly, you’ll want to clean up your online presence. If you have a Facebook page or are on any other social media, try to take down any inappropriate, unprofessional, or embarrassing pictures or posts. You don’t want IT recruiting agencies to come across these, nor do you want a hiring manager to see them!
After making your unprofessional aspects of your life invisible, it’s time to make sure your professional achievements are visible. IT staffing companies will be more likely to contact you if you make sure to have a great profile on LinkedIn and post your resume on major websites for job seekers. Once you’re on LinkedIn, it’s important to start using your profile to make connections. It will be even easier for recruiters to find you if you wind up being connected to people already in their network.
If you’re not on LinkedIn, you’re not as visible to IT recruiters as you could be.