Getting from zero to full-time IT employment

Written by Traci Robinson. Posted in Tech

  Taking into consideration that the IT market is continually expanding, it has never been a better time to find employment. However, an IT degree does not necessarily guarantee you that recruiters will fall at your feet. Even if technology plays a greater role in the lives of people in comparison to the past, a decent job requires the candidate to have knowledge beyond what is taught in lectures. Without experience, it is hard to convince the employer that you have the necessary skills and understanding for a particular job. So, what can you do if you do not have experience? If a technical job is what you are interested in, then Toronto IT recruiting services is the answer to your problems. Job opportunities do exist, all you have to do is look for them. The following tips will make job seeking a little easier. [Not a valid template]

Gain digital experience

What employers are looking for when they screen candidates is to see if the prospective candidate is capable of applying himself, meaning if he has the ability to learn and experience with the tool or function he is applying for. Therefore, not having any digital experience is a major drawback. What you can do is try to land a job at a non-tech company first. There are strong chances that you will find work at companies who are desperate to build an online presence and who implicitly need a webpage. Make yourself of service whenever possible and most importantly don’t refuse entry-level jobs. The primary experience will come in handy when you show up for your first important job interview.

What skills do I need?

Well, the answer to this question is rather simple. First of all, medium and large companies expect candidates to have knowledge of ITIL. This sort of qualification gives practitioners awareness of key elements of ITIL Service Lifecycle. You can get in touch with an employer and ask what he finds most appealing as well. Next, you definitely need is soft skills due to the fact that employers are mostly interested in the skills that are transferable. For instance, the ability to communicate with others will make you a perfect candidate for a position such as IT consultant. Although technical skills are not irreplaceable, you still need to adjust to the social role. If not, then you are likely to miss out on important opportunities.

Take the initiative

According to numerous employers, the candidate appears more appealing when he actually takes the initiative and starts teaching himself new things. There are many online courses that you can use in order to expand your knowledge base. Show the employer you are truly motivated and passionate about what you are doing by learning other things. In addition to this, it is advisable to practice talking about yourself. Not few are the candidates that have excellent skills, but fail to communicate their accomplishments during the interview. The point is that you have to prove to the employer that you can take charge of aspects related to your career.

Traci Robinson

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