I recently had the honor to interview Sucheta Jain, Senior Technical Recruiter at Latitude 36, Inc., who has over 6-year experience in Information Technology (IT) staffing recruiting on the topic of IT job searching strategies. Her recruiting focus is IT Project Management and IT Program Management. Here are Sucheta’s tips for IT job candidates. Enjoy!
Top 10 Job Search Strategies
1. Have a clear idea why and what you are looking.
3. A strong Resume
4. Review the job description and customize your resume to the job position by using keywords.
5. Be honest and be persistent!
6. Tell everyone you meet you are looking for a job.
7. Don’t be late. Arrive at least 15 minutes early for the interview.
8. Think before answering a question.
9. Do not take rejections personally.
10. Follow up.
Top 3 Common Mistakes that Job Seekers Make
Poor resume: Having a poorly written resume is a turn-off for many hiring managers. When I see a resume that is not professional and polished, I immediately skip it. I will skip a resume from someone who can’t even take the time to spell check or check for grammar errors.
Not prepared for an interview: Basic elements: articulating your value, conveying your knowledge of the company, asking intelligent questions, negotiating compensation, and following up. After the interview you may also want to send a thank you note either by postal mail or email.
Your Top Recruiting Sources
Job Boards (e.g., Dice, CareerBuilder, Monster, Hot jobs, Indeed)
Professional and Social Network (e.g., LinkedIn, Facebook)
The most important thing in managing your job search is to clearly know what, why, and how. There is no “best” candidate, but a “best suitable” candidate. A successful outcome for both the company and the candidate is to find out if they are the best match for each other.