You may think you know all the ins and outs of conducting an IT job search, including what to do and what not to do. But certain actions can derail the recruiting process, and it isn't always what you might expect. Here are some IT job search blunders that can short circuit recruiting and cost you an opportunity.
Not Being Prepared
With the amount of information readily available online, top candidates are expected to know about potential employers, the current job market and salary ranges for the position you want to obtain. Research will help you ask intelligent questions and will show that you are serious about your job search.
Far too many job seekers rely on job postings for their information, then apply blind to a company with which they have no personal connection. While you still have a small chance of getting hired with these search techniques, you will increase your chances substantially if you make networking a part of your job search.
Talking Too Much
Many people fill the awkward moments with conversation as a nervous habit, but listening to what your IT recruiter has to say is more important than trying to smooth over an awkward moment. You may be able to get feedback from interviewers or work with a recruiter to practice for interviews in order to overcome the habit of being overly chatty.
Not Talking to Enough People
According to research by Lee Hecht Harrison as reported by Live Career, job seekers talk to 25 different decision makers before being hired. Most of these are not interviews but are short, informal conversations. Job seekers, on average, network with only 14 people on their way to a top decision-maker, which isn't enough to get them hired.
Not Really Knowing What You Want
Recruiters need to plug you into a specific position, one that best suits your skills and experience. It helps them to do this if you have a specific goal for your job search and know what kind of position you want to end up in. Many times, IT job searchers want to remain flexible and are willing to take any number of positions, but they can end up missing out if they are too general about what they want.
Complaining about Former Jobs (or About Anything, Really)
While most people do complain at least occasionally, most people aren't too excited to listen to the complaints of others. During the IT job search, you don't want to risk making people feel like they don't want to talk to you, or to have your complaints reflect poorly on you. Keeping a good attitude will show a recruiter that you can rise above adverse circumstances and remain positive.
Not Making Your Resume the Best It Can Possibly Be
A resume that isn't professionally prepared and customized for each job application can send the wrong message to a recruiter; namely, that you don't know what you're doing as an IT professional. Get whatever help you can afford to make sure your resume is as good as you can possibly get it before sending it out to a recruiter for consideration.
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