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There are times when a candidate walks into the interview and as a recruiter; you just know this person is a superstar. I’ve heard that feedback from clients as well, “We just knew he/she was the one!” What a great feeling, right? Landing the best IT jobs can seem easy when you are “the one!”
Moving from job to job used to be considered a career killer. The baby boomer generation is one that would start a job with a company right out of school and retire at that same company 30 years later. They had pensions and company loyalty and therefore, reasons to stay.
It’s a great time to be in IT. Unemployment is low, jobs are being created every day and as a result, you’re probably hearing from multiple IT recruiters a week. But how do you know when you’ve found good recruiters versus the ones that you feel aren’t putting your best interests first?
It’s hard to tell an IT professional, “These are the questions you need to be ready to answer in an interview.” After all, there are numerous areas in the IT industry that require different skill sets and experiences. Thus, the interviewing questions are going to be different as well.
But there are probably a select few that you should be prepared for – other than just your run of the mill interview questions. Below we’ve outlined 4 questions that you could quite possibly be asked in a technical interview that you need to be ready to answer:
The short answer is yes, but as with most things in life, “it depends.”
If you had to guess how long it takes for a recruiter to review your resume and decide it you are a fit or not, how much time would you guess?
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In the highly competitive IT industry, making yourself stand out can be the most important aspect of getting hired over the other candidates. There are many ways to differentiate yourself against the competition, but holding specific and relevant technical certifications can be the most important factor hiring managers look for when selecting candidates to fill their open positions.
According to a recent study from Dice.com, 40% of IT consultants claimed that obtaining a certain certification helped them get hired in their current position. Holding specific certifications allows consultants to show dedication and expertise in specific subject matters, and also gives the hiring manager more confidence that the consultant is fully qualified for the position. So, now that you know how beneficial a certification can be, which ones are most sought after by hiring managers?
Becoming a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) could provide the best opportunity for you to land in a very important and lucrative position. Project Manager was already the most posted job on Monster.com in 2011, and a PMP certification is currently the most frequently desired certification on Dice.com. The average salary for a Project Manager is already $104,000, and adding a PMP certification raises the average to $120,000.
If you’re an information security professional with at least 5 years of relevant experience, you can become a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). The certification is obtained through The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2, and is a globally recognized certification. If you would still like to become certified but don’t have the required experience, an Associate of (ISC)2 can be obtained in the meantime.
For IT service providers, an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certification can be of major benefit. ITIL best practices claim to “provide guidance to organizations on how to use IT as a tool to facilitate business change, transformation and growth.” Embracing ITIL best practices can facilitate a higher average salary (around $110,000) and also increase your attractiveness for future job opportunities.
Other certifications that can expand your attractiveness as a candidate include a CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional), or MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional). Depending on your field of expertise, many different opportunities are available to further your skills and become a more attractive candidate during your job search.
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In today’s IT market, a job seeker can have several job offers on the table at one time. This great feeling can turn overwhelming pretty quickly. Using the 3 steps below will simplify your choice and make you confident in your decision.
1. Determine your motives
2. Evaluate your interview
3. Tie up the loose ends