6 Job Hunting Tips

Maybe you’re about to graduate with an information technology degree or perhaps an computer science degree. Perhaps it’s a bachelor’s or even a master’s. Or maybe you’re just looking for a new position in the field.

It’s a busy time for job hunting. Many younger people are entering the workforce, but that doesn’t mean the number of positions has increased. Even though government reports show that more jobs are being created, most are in lower-paying fields, such as hotel and restaurant service work.

So, you have to plan on a competitive market and you need to give yourself every advantage you can. Here are some from experts. See how these ideas work for landing a job … and moving your career along.

For example, here are some ideas from Lending Club CTO John MacIlwaine for getting an entry-level IT job (and, frankly, these would apply for any amount of experience):

  • Be ready for such trends in the IT field as the use of Hadoop in managing and manipulating big data, agile and scrum development methodologies, and mobile.
  • Cover the necessary IT basics with solid knowledge of data security and operational scalability, both upward for fast growing companies and downward when a business has to trim costs or restructure.
  • Remember general job finding basics, such as putting plenty of specific accomplishments in your resume rather than just a collection of buzzwords. Also, show passion for the work, possibly by developing a mobile app or contributing to an open source development project in your spare time.

A great deal of job hunting, and candidate searching, happens on social networks these days. Might as well be smart and prepared, using some suggestions from the Young Entrepreneur Council:

  • Get your bio information in top shape. On Twitter, you need a 140-character distillation. Anywhere, be sure that important information is up-to-date and reflects who you are now, not who you were three years ago when you got a LinkedIn account.
  • Post away so you are sharing what employers will be looking for. If you’re on Pinterest, pin up a copy of your resume. Demonstrate your knowledge and interests on Twitter. Don’t be passive. Have what you do available to the public, particularly with Twitter. A locked account in a generally public forum looks odd.
  • Of course, check what comes up about you when you Google yourself. And use something like the Pendaflex Tag Tamer to see what potentially embarrassing or awkward photos on Facebook might have your name tagged on them.

The smarter you are about how you look for a job, the better your chance of finding the one that you want.

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