The information technology industry is constantly changing and to some extent, so are the ways IT contractors find IT jobs. While IT consultants can always count on IT recruiters and IT staffing agencies to provide them with great connections to companies that are hiring, there are some things that IT professionals can do to make sure they’re the most marketable candidate on their technical recruiters’ rosters.
1. Modernize and optimize resumes. Take out objectives and any jobs that are older than the last decade or so. Both date you too much in an industry that tends to favor youth over experience. Do put a ‘Technical Proficiencies’ section at the top of your resume, listing all technologies and skills you are current on. This will garner attention from IT headhunters and hiring managers alike.
2. Polish your interview skills. Be prepared for phone interviews, face-to-face interviews, or even skype or other forms of interviews. Be ready to answer questions about the technologies you specialize in. Recruiters can prepare you to some extent, but having the basic skills already down can make a big difference.
3. Know what you want. Have a clear idea about what you want in your next position. Nobody can help you get the best new job for you if you don’t have good ideas about what kind of work, compensation, environment, coworkers, and bosses you do best with.
AVID Technical Resources
AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.