We’ve talked before about common myths surrounding the IT market. Now we’d like to talk about mistakes that might be made when searching for a new job in the IT area. Don’t continue your job searching without being sure that you’re doing your best. No matter how well-positioned you are, you will have a better chance of success if you avoid the common job-hunting mistakes described in the blog post below.
Mistake #1: Not Planning and Preparing a Job Search Strategy
Searching for a first or a new job can be a real challenge. Like achieving any other goal, it’s better to have a clear plan for getting a job you want and need.
Many candidates go into a search without a plan or any other preparation. They don’t spend enough time each week searching for a job and don’t have clear expectations of when this goal should be accomplished by. Having a focused strategy that makes the best use of time is the key to a successful job search and will lead to a new page in your work experience.
Mistake #2: Thinking Graduation is the Lucky Ticket to the IT World
College, universities, and coding courses can be a good start for an IT career. Most graduates think that graduation is the end of their IT journey, but actually this is not true. Higher education can provide you with the basic knowledge and background of a chosen IT area. The catch is that most of the time, they cannot provide the most updated knowledge because IT technologies are changing really quickly in today’s world. This knowledge is only the beginning of an interesting and long trip. But how you will make the first step and how you start your voyage depend only on you. So make sure you’re using your knowledge in the best way and start the trip as well as you can.
Mistake #3: Not Searching Prospective Employers
Nevertheless software developers are in high demand, but this doesn’t mean that you can sit back and wait until companies come to you with a job offer. While you’re waiting, other graduates are being proactive with their job search. Not being proactive in finding prospective employers is always one of the biggest mistakes in searching for a job.
Motivated graduates send their CVs to multiple companies each day; start with the companies that are well-known to them and are in their extended network. After this they can use other resources like job search sites. This process will require some research, outreach, and good motivation/cover letter which should be customized for each company.
Mistake #4: Not Maintaining and Growing the Network
According to job surveys, more than a half of job seekers have been hired through a friend’s referral. Almost 70-80 percent of jobs are found through networking. Considering such a high number, graduates and young specialists should spend more time to grow a professional network.
If people in your network don’t know about your skills and knowledge, then the chances are not so great that they can be able to help you to find a new job. So apart from making new contacts, you should also let people know who you are, what you can do, and what your real value is.
Some successful projects are started by people who have studied or worked together. So keeping these relationships strong and letting the power of networking to do some of a job search is a good idea.
Mistake #5: Not Continuing to Improve the Skills
By the time you end of your college studies or courses, you will have gained a lot of new skills and knowledge. But they will become useless over time if you don’t improve them. Just as you can forgot a foreign language learned in high school because you’re not using it, you can forget a programming language you’ve learned in college. To prevent this from happening, you have to be improving your knowledge at all times and need to work on small personal projects which enable you to use the coding languages and software you’ve learned in the past.
Mistake #6: Not Preparing for an Interview
It’s better to prepare for each interview and to answer to yourself the common tech and personal questions that could be asked during such an interview. Also even more important is to practice the common tests that interviewers give.
Focusing too much on the technical skills in a position is something that is common in IT interviews. But you’ve got to understand and be able to give at least one or two examples that highlight your achievements in your social or personal life. It’s important to show how your skills were used to achieve a better business result. And another common mistake is to focus on too much on the responsibilities in the past and not so much on important facts and real results. A hiring manager would like to know what you did to help your company succeed.
Do you know any other mistakes that are usually made by graduates or young specialist and what are the ways of avoiding such mistakes for better job search results?
Also, you can check our blog post about myths surrounding IT careers.
- The Languages and Frameworks to Learn in 2015 (softheme-blog-2017)