After you have graduated from college, you will be ready to work amongst all of the other IT professionals in the world. It may be daunting to enter into a company where you know there will be a lot of other professionals staring you down every day. It is not something that you should feel nervous about because you have to remember that you just graduated and therefore you are knowledgeable about all of the latest technology. You have something unique to bring to the table.
A lot of companies searching for IT professionals are looking for younger people simply because they want a fresh outlook on things. They are looking for younger people to shake things up and change the overall working environment. This means that, straight out of school, you have a good chance of being hired by one of these companies.
It's important to realize that a single opening at an IT company can result in hundreds if not thousands of resumes. You will submit your resume to the company for the opening, but your resume may get lost in the shuffle. If you do this over and over again, you may find yourself looking for a job for months on end.
One of the easiest ways to work with other IT professionals is to network. You need to get on to social media with Facebook and even LinkedIn to tell people what you are capable of doing. Reach out to your network and let people know that you are looking to find a good job in an IT department somewhere. The professionals within your network may be able to assist you considerably. If they cannot find you work, they may be able to find you a contract job or tell you about something that can improve your resume - and thus your chances of being seen in the pile of resumes.
A new trend within the IT industry is working with recruiters. If you work with a recruiting company that specializes in IT jobs, you can find a job a lot faster in many instances. This is because the recruiter is working with IT companies and they have a long list of the openings that these companies are looking for. The recruiter has a vested interest in hiring for these positions because they receive money for each person that they hire.
The important thing is not to sell yourself short. You have an education and therefore you have a right to work within the IT industry area you have a lot to offer because you have just gone to school for two years or longer and focused on information technology. You may also have some additional skills to offer - graphic design, website design, SEO, Internet marketing, or something else. They should all be included on your resume and told to your recruiter to ensure that they help you find the best job.
After that, it won't be long before you are working amongst the IT professionals and considered a professional yourself.
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By Jeff Weigang