Get a Software Engineering Job
May 27, 2008
Look For an IT Job
InsideTech’s Get a Job tab is a great place to start looking for IT jobs. You’ll find thousands of job postings there from Monster’s database of jobs, along with reviews of amny popular employers submitted by InsideTech members, and an easy way to network with fellow IT workers in your area.
But don’t stop there. As you embark on your job search, you should remember to follow these tips:
- Check employer sites directly
If you know which companies you’d like to work for, check their sites for job postings. In the IT industry, employers are much more likely to have their own job listings on their site, and that type of post often contains details that you won’t find in a job board posting.
How to Get Any IT Job
Software Engineer Job Profile
- Step 1: Get a Degree
- Step 2: Get Some Experience
- Step 3: Get Certified
- Step 4: Brush Up Your IT Resume
- Step 5: Look For an IT Job
- Step 6: Prepare for Your Interviews
- Step 7: Nail the Salary Negotiation
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- Network with friends and acquaintances
Any hiring manager of HR professional will tell you that the best candidates they get for jobs are almost always referrals from current employees. That makes sense: Successful employees are likely to be friends with people who share many of the qualities that made them a good hire.
You might be doing your friend a favor, too: Many employers offer referral bonuses to employees who direct them to candidates that are eventually hired.
- Be proactive in your job search
As Matthew Moran points out in his guide to Finding the Perfect IT Job, looking for work is work. Treat it as such. Block out time during your day that you’ll devote to job searching, following up on resumes you’ve sent out, etc. Track any contacts you’ve made at a company, and have a plan when you call to follow-up.