It is that time of the year again, where career fairs are popping up everywhere. If you are back at school finishing up your MBA or your bachelor’s degree, you may need to start looking for that IT job. There are a few things you will need to keep in mind when attending these IT recruiting events.
First of all, make sure you research the IT recruiting agency or company beforehand. You as a prospective candidate need to show a keen interest in the firm. Learn a little about the IT recruiters or hiring managers representing the company. Find out what their role is and even where they were prior to joining the company. All this can be found on Linkedin. Where knowledge is power, and hitting it off with a prospective employer is critical, use the information that is at your fingertips.
Second, you should think about your ideal role and what additional positions that you’re qualified to fill. Even if the various IT recruiting agencies Boston or client companies are not advertising your desired position, leave them with a resume. You never know when an IT job position will open up. If the Boston recruiters already have your information, you may be one of the first prospective candidates on their list when that high tech job opens up.
Next, come prepared. As an information technology professional looking for a new job, you need to dress the part. Do not go in jeans and a t-shirt. Try business casual or business formal. First impressions are critical. In addition, make sure you have enough copies of your resume and of course do not forget to proofread it to make sure all the necessary technology keywords are on there.
Finally, break out of your comfort zone. IT job fairs are useless unless you talk to IT recruiters and/or prospective employers. If there’s a long line to speak with technical recruiters, then wait in it. If you feel awkward about approaching a potential employer, walk up and introduce yourself. The more people you meet, the better your chance of making a connection that will help you find that next IT job.