The job search process has definite do's and don'ts to be aware of.
The job search is the first step to getting the IT job you want, but many people make basic mistakes that prevent them from taking advantage of opportunities that might otherwise be open to them. Here are some of the biggest mistakes IT job seekers make and what seekers can do instead to find success.
1. Making your search too broad.
When you really need a job, it can be tempting to apply for every IT position that even remotely ties into your skills and experience, but this practice has several drawbacks. Not only will you spend lots of time pursuing IT jobs that aren't right for you, but you may also hurt your chances with particular companies by applying for the wrong jobs there. Narrowing your search to focus on IT jobs seeking your particular skills is one of the first steps in conducting a job search - a step you definitely shouldn't skip.
2. Putting too much on your resume.
IT resumes tend to be longer than in some other fields, but that doesn't mean you have unlimited space or that you should list every job you've ever had since high school. Resumes should be tailored specifically to highlight the skills required for each job description as well as being neat and free of typos. Get help with this if you need to.
3. Not using your network.
A recent survey on Simplyhired.com found that more than half of job seekers had been hired through a friend's referral. With companies hesitant to take chances on applicants they don't know from Adam, letting everyone in your network know that you've begun a job search and what your qualifications are can be an essential part of the process.
4. Lying about your experience, or why you left a job.
If you are caught lying about anything during the hiring process, it's a pretty sure bet you won't get the job. Just don't do it.
5. Not following instructions about how to apply.
If you can't follow directions about how to apply for the job, how will you be able to take direction and accomplish goals when you actually get the job? Carefully following everything to the letter is a basic requirement to even be considered for a position.
6. Not following up on job applications.
Some employers now wait until applicants follow up before expressing any interest or considering them as candidates. Calling company (preferably the person who would be your immediate supervisor) after about a week to check on the status of your application shows that you are really interested in the job and that you have some level of assertiveness in your job search.
Being aware of guidelines to follow in your job search can make things easier.
7. Not returning phone calls or emails.
When a company calls you to schedule an interview or discuss the position, you need to follow up within 24 hours. Taking any longer shows disinterest in the position and makes you look unmotivated, and the hiring manager will move on to someone more interested.
8. Being too aggressive or overconfident.
Writing that you are "sure" the hiring manager will want to schedule an interview or calling the hiring manager on a daily basis are characteristic of these behaviors, which will not endear you to said hiring manager. In fact, any weird or inappropriate behavior is likely to get you passed over at the hiring stage.
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