Informational Interviews and Shadowing
In the IT staffing Industry, there are many techniques aimed at helping a candidate land an IT job. As a prospective candidate, you should utilize all of these “tricks of the trade.” One “trick” our IT recruiters recommend is trying to schedule an informational meeting with a potential IT hiring manager. Most managers and executives like to talk about how they got to where they are. It gives them a chance to look back on their IT career and see what got them there. Another great way to learn more about that IT job you hope to have one day is shadowing an executive or manager for a couple of hours or a couple days. You would of course first have to make sure they feel comfortable with this. They can tell you, the job seeker, what technical skills you need to know and the different tasks they handle throughout the day. So when you can’t find too many IT job opportunities, try getting to know IT managers and executives. Not only will you likely learn something about the IT industry, you’ll make an important contact as well.