How To Land Your First Job In I.T.Posted: 17th of June 2015 by
I.T. is big business and it looks to stay that way as more companies invest in technology and the staff needed to look after it. As a growth area in many companies, working in IT can take you to a range of different companies, and doesn’t just mean you have to work for an I.T. specialist, but how do you land your first job in this popular field?
The first thing you will need is some training and experience. How you go about getting this is up to you, and will depend on how you like to learn, what is available to you in your local area, and any number of other factors. Perhaps you would like to apply for an apprenticeship in order to get the training, qualification, and experience all at the same time?
This first step is important as you will need to be able to show that you know what you are doing before an employer is likely to take the chance on you working for them. However, working in a sector with an average salary of £40,000 means competition for places, and you will need to do more than just wave your qualification around to really stand out from the crowd!
While you are doing your training you should maintain a good relationship with your tutors or bosses (if you’re working at the same time). They will be important in providing you with a reference that praises your work ethic, dedication, and other traits that employers look for. In fact, if you do take an apprenticeship, and prove yourself there, you may find that you end up with a job with the provider as soon as you have qualified.
Just like with any other job, you will need a C.V. Here some basics come into play – don’t use any outlandish fonts, use bullet-points, and keep the formatting looking tidy. Also, be sure to have someone else check over the spelling and grammar for you – don’t rely on your computer to do this – they are not infallible.
Once your CV is ready it is time to get yourself seen. You can do this virtually by posting your details to job-boards and registering with employment agencies. Look for those who specialise in IT, and use them. However, your search shouldn’t all be done from behind a monitor. You may be looking to work in IT, but old-fashioned, face-to-face networking can still make the difference. Ask your friends and family if they know of any opportunities – a personal recommendation is worth its weight in gold!
If you understand your strengths and skills, you can play them up to prospective employers, and try to match them to what employers are looking for in any job adverts you come across. Also, don’t worry too much if there is the odd small thing you feel you are not so good at – you can always learn!
Finally, don’t forget social media. You can use business-orientated networks like LinkedIn to meet other professionals, recruitment consultants, and employers. Match your profile to your C.V. and, of course, be careful that there is nothing on your social media accounts that you wouldn’t want your next boss to see – they will check!
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