Let’s be honest, 2020 has not been a great year for job seekers in the U.S. Even though January started off with record low unemployment, the COVID-19 pandemic and its far-reaching impacts quickly sent things sideways. While unemployment numbers have declined to about 10 percent since their peak in April, the job market remains highly competitive and earlier demand for IT professionals has started to wane.
Are you a job seeker looking to set yourself apart from the competition? Ready to advance your tech career and land a new IT job? EdgeLink is here to help! Check out our job search resources designed to help you through each stage of the search and hiring process.
There are lots of opinions out there about what to do when you’re searching for a new job, completing an application, or preparing for an important interview. But not all job search advice is good advice. To get your search started on the right foot, check out our blog on the job search advice you should ditch in 2020 and what to do instead.
Before you begin the search for your next IT role, it’s important to take a step back and consider what type of IT job you’d prefer. Are you looking for a contract opportunity or full-time employment? Unlike other professions, contract work in the technology industry is extremely prevalent. This is especially true now amid the ongoing pandemic and resulting economic challenges. That said, there are still full-time opportunities for IT professionals, especially in growing areas like cybersecurity. So which type of work is right for you? While there’s no right or wrong answer, there are pros and cons to both. Learn more with our blog comparing contract versus full-time opportunities.
You’re ready to start the search for your next IT job, but where should you begin? The tech staffing experts at EdgeLink have all the information you need to get your search started. In Episode 2 of our Links to Success web series, they review how to uncover open positions and find great opportunities, how to target different industries, what to do if you want to start down a new career path, and how to create a system you can follow to job search success. Watch the webinar now!
Now that your job search is yielding some promising results, it’s time to focus on the job application itself and your application materials. Most important among these is your resume. You’ll find lots of resume tips and suggestions on the web, but the EdgeLink team went a step further in Episode 1 of our Links to Success series. This webinar covers the elements you need to include to create an elite IT resume that will set you apart from other applicants.
For many people, building connections and networking within their industry can be stressful. With in-person events on hold due to the pandemic, connecting with the right people or reaching out for help online might feel even more challenging. And yet, networking remains an important part of the job search and hiring process. Your network can help you find great opportunities, refer you to the right people, and vouch for your skills with hiring managers. Develop your networking skills on this webinar with EdgeLink’s Head of People and Experience, Ophelia Yan, and learn networking best practices you can apply to your job search.
You’ve entered one of the final stages in the job search and hiring process. But preparing for and acing the job interview isn’t easy. That’s why EdgeLink brought in expert tech recruiter Amy Miller for Episode 4 of our Links to Success series. Amy has worked with Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, and she breaks down the interview process for you. From deciding if you should accept an interview invitation to navigating the post-interview waiting game, Amy offers specific actions you can take to nail the interview and ensure your best chance of success.
Congrats! You got the job! But before you accept, don’t forget about the final negotiations. Review the full compensation package and benefits to be sure you’re satisfied with the offer. If you’re not, it is important to take your concerns to your future employer and work with them to negotiate an offer that feels fair to you. We talked to several special guests and some of EdgeLink’s experts in the final episode of our Links to Success series. In the webinar, they discuss the art of negotiation and how to make an offer your new employer can’t refuse.