I am going to guess we have all been given job search or career advice at some point in our lives. Maybe it was your parents urging you to include every job you’ve ever had on your resume or your 80-year-old grandmother telling you about how things were done “back in her day…”. Perhaps the job search advice came from a former boss, a favorite professor, or that LinkedIn connection who’s always commenting on the articles you share. I bet most of that advice was given with good intentions. But the truth is, there are lots of opinions about what to do when you’re searching for a new job, completing an application, or preparing for an important interview. And, unfortunately, not all job search advice is good advice.
To ensure that you put your best foot forward in the new year, we’re separating the good advice from the bad. Here’s the job search advice you should leave behind in 2020 and what you should be doing instead.
It’s a great time to work in the IT Industry. Yes, we’ve been saying this for years, but 2019 is no different. With technology unemployment near record lows, median wages double the national rate, and 94,000 computer systems related jobs added over the last year, IT career opportunities are growing faster than almost every other profession.
There are so many potential factors that can affect your IT job search, from the quality of your cover letter to the content of your resume and the strength of your handshake. Even when you feel like you’ve done everything right and made a great impression, you can still come in second to another job seeker.
The reality is that the tech job market is so competitive that you can’t afford to give a potential employer a single reason to dismiss you. Your social media presence might very well be one of those reasons. Everything on the internet is public to some extent, and the content that employers can see when they search your name can help you get the job or immediately take you out of the running. Below, we investigate why your social presence matters for your IT job search and what you can do to put your best foot forward.
Today, 77% of employers say they value soft skills as much as hard skills. This means while your technical skill set will be what qualifies you for a new IT job, it will be your soft skills that differentiate you and attract the actual job offer. But within this stronger focus on well-rounded candidates, which soft skills are employers looking for in their tech roles? And how can you sharpen your soft skills in IT, even when your job has you alone in front of a computer screen all day? Continue reading
As many people already know and even more are finding out, Denver is an amazing city. The mountains, cleanliness, safety, and affordability of the area lure new residents in, and the 2.9% overall unemployment rate makes it easy to stay. It recently ranked #2 on a list of the best U.S. cities for job seekers for these reasons, and just so happens to be a mecca for tech workers. Forget Silicon Valley; here’s why Denver is one of the best places for tech jobs in 2017. Continue reading