In this fast growing economy of IT, one can only try to hop on the bullet train going 320km/h by Getting Hired with the big tech Gurus. IT jobs have vastly grown and are projected to increase by 55,800 jobs by 2020. It is never too late for you to Get Hired. In fact, the chances of you Getting hired with one of these Big Tech Gurus in the likes of AMAZON, GOOGLE, FACEBOOK, MICROSOFT, ORACLE, and so on amassing yourself with an income ranging anywhere from $55,000 – $120,000 is now higher than before. Although there are so many job opportunities in this field, yet some of us find it challenging to find out where to search for these jobs. We have put together a few info as to how to go by looking for such jobs and possibly snatching yourself an opportunity to getting hired.
- The Job Description & Requirements
When it comes to preparing yourself for any job at all, it is best to pay attention to the job description and requirements. That particular paragraph on a job posting carries the details of what to expect in the job. Information in that section of the job will provide you the scope of what the company is looking for in the right candidate. Ranging from your daily duties and requirements for you to get in, the amount of experience required and the “PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS” the company is looking for.
All these pieces of information are what you are to reflect on your resume. It is not necessarily required for you to have all these qualifications and requirements as some of those will appear impossible for you to acquire at that particular time you are looking. ie (4yrs experience required; for an “Entry Level” position and the likes)
You can always go to the careers section of any company to search for jobs that will peek your interest. Some companies make it convenient to navigate to this section on their webpage, however, it could be a drag on other pages. To save you some time, you can always go to sites like indeed.com or monster.com to enter a keyword for the job you are searching for or the company as well. These sites will give you a detailed description and requirements of the job and you can work on what you need to have under your belt to propel you as a qualified candidate for that specific job.
- Building Your Resume
The most important part of all the process in getting hired in any job is how you present yourself, well on paper initially of course. Your resume is your first impression when it comes to applying for any job, you always want to stand out in a way that best fits the Job and you.
In my opinion, your resume needs to be updated with the relevant requirements of the job. You may have a long resume computing to 2-3 pages, or maybe more. If whats on your resume has nothing to do with at least 40% of what is required for the job, then it needs some work.
To my knowledge, most if not all, these Tech Gurus look for certified “Certification” candidates in a specific field. Certifications in fields like Networking, Security, Programming, Administration and so on. Some of these certifications are as follows;
- Cisco Certifications – CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician), CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) and so on, you can find a full list here https://cisco.com/c/en/us/training-events/training-certifications/certifications.html
- CompTIA Certs – Network +, Security +, and many more here https://certification.comptia.org
Any of the above certifications provide you a greater opportunity in being considered for the Job.
Also, it is to your own advantage if you have a degree or the likes in any IT/Computer field as those are usually on the preferred qualifications, although having a certification is more preferred as I have seen more and more people get into the IT job industry with only a certification in a specific field. I for one is an example as I am currently employed by one of the above IT companies based on my Certification in CCNA!
These companies look more for that because someone with a specific certification has more knowledge in that field compared to another candidate with only a degree.
The Contacts – Referrals & Recruiters
Although having a great resume boosts your candidacy, knowing or having a referral increases the chances of your hiring process. Referrals can be anyone you come across that works or have someone who works for these companies. These referrals can also coach you in a way that meets the company’s requirements. You may find yourself in a situation where you do not know anyone in the industry, that’s absolutely okay and not a big deal at all as there are special agencies that makes it possible for you to know about these companies more.
Recruiters are agencies that are contracted by these companies to outsource the ideal candidate for their open positions. There are so many recruiters out there always hunting for the right candidate. With the growth rate of IT careers increasing with time, you can bet that there is an opening for you whenever you are ready to start your IT career journey search. Some of these recruiting agencies I have come to know so far are;
- Insight Global
- Metro Systems
These are the ones that I have heard of and are always on the market looking for a candidate. They will help shape/coach you to fit a position if you agree to work with them. They will work with you along the road to getting you permanently hired. First, you go through your pre-major interview with the Agency to determine where they can fit. You have the right to choose which position you want or you can go with what is available. After the pre-interview, you are then scheduled a Hiring Interview with the company you are being recruited for. No pressure as the Agency will prepare you for that interview.
When they get you hired, you are hired through them as a contractor with the actual company for X amount of months until the company decides to move forward with you, all depending on how you perform in your contracted employment. This process has a 98% chance of getting you permanently hired depending on you and your work ethics. You are then scheduled for another interview by the Company when they make the decision to move forward with you.
These Agencies make money by getting you hired so once you are ready for at least a quarter of the qualifications required, they will definitely push to get you in!
The easiest way I have come in contact with these Agencies are on LinkedIn. Create yourself a free account and connect with some of these recruiters and get the process going.
About the Company
The more you know the better you are prepared and as GI Joe puts it “Knowing is half the battle”! Be sure to research the company you’re interested in, their culture, goals, achievements, and principles are somethings you should familiarize yourself with. You should be able to provide at least 3 answers to each of the ” About Us” for the company you are seeking employment in.
For example, Amazon is more than just an online retail store, they are if not the First, the best leading company in cloud computing storage and services. They are also big on their “14 Leadership Principles”, make sure to know about them. Google, Microsoft, Oracle and the like all do have something they hold in the highest esteem, adding those to your knowledge will make it easier for you to understand what the company is all about.
- Patience, A Virtue?
Patience they say is a Virtue, sure, but when it comes to getting hired, you may want to be more than patient. The reason is that, since the recruiting agencies are contracted to get candidates for hire, it becomes a competition between them. With that in mind, when dealing with one Agency and you feel or have the impression that nothing is happening or moving as fast as you want, you are entitled to working with as many agencies as you want and whichever one is able to get you the position, you stick with them.
Be responsible and respond to their emails and voicemails even if you have nothing to offer because you will never know when you will need them, if not for you, for someone else.
Always keep in contact with these recruiters even when permanently hired because they provide referral bonuses to anyone you refer to them.
A little disclaimer here: The above information is based on my opinion from going through the process and becoming a permanent employee, however, the experience you get may not be the same as mine or someone else’s.
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Edmond (Sir Dantes)