Given the current economic climate, IT professionals are becoming less choosy and more varied in their job hunting methods. People are gearing up for change and having to redefine their expectations.
Increased competition for jobs means differentiating yourself, and keeping up-to-date with the IT market is becoming a key factor to success. Fewer opportunities also means IT professionals need to make the most of all job hunting tools available.
Whilst we understand it is difficult for some, we recommend investing more time into jobs that are truly relevant to your experience. This will ensure your application stands out and is a far better approach then investing less time per job but spreading your CV to roles that vaguely matches your experiences.
Job hunting has become so time-consuming job that it is important to know where to focus your energy to get the best outcome for your efforts.
However whilst many found their previous role through agencies there are some considerations to make. In the current economic climate many organisations need to reduce their recruitment budgets thus are looking to utilise both direct methods and job sites more actively.
As a result it is important to ensure you are not solely relying on an agency to find the best job for you. If you want to go direct, make sure your online profile is strong i.e. LinkedIn profile reflects your experience and contact is not just by email but through a follow up call to introduce yourself. And make sure that you are benefiting from all of the tools i.e. email alerts and CV upload facilities available on IT specific job sites.
Keeping up to date with developments in the market is proving essential when job hunting. It is important to stress that having knowledge about the company you are interviewing for is no longer a minimum requirement, greater market knowledge is key. Recruiters want to see candidates who can display specialist knowledge about the market as well as having an impressive skills portfolio.