Facts vs. Opinions:
First, recognize that everything that goes into an offer will be “factual”. In other words, don’t expect a company to make you an offer based on what your friend earns in the same job or what someone told you that they thought your skills were worth. You will be much more effective if you stick to the facts.
Three Facts to Consider:
Remember to stick to the facts when negotiating a salary. You never want to overprice or underprice your market worth.
We used our experience as recruitment professionals to list below the most important dos and don’ts” when writing a resume. We hope this will help you to write a bullet proof resume that will get you that job interview!
Do not send a standard resume.
One of the most common mistakes is creating a standard resume and then sending it to every opening. Take the time to customize your resume for each position. It is definitely worth it, as it will significantly increase your chances in landing an interview. The same point applies to your cover letters.
Make the content of your resume sell.
Employers do not always have the time to read through your entire resume. Make it easy for them to find the information they are looking for. If they see unrelated job titles or skills before they can find the information they are looking for, they will very likely pass on your application.
Do not overdo layout and design details.
Keep it as short and concise as possible.
It can be challenging to keep your resume to 1 or 2 pages but as previously mentioned, employers usually do not take time to read through a long resume. They will make their decision before finishing the first page. Just remember to keep it short and focused.
Proofread your resume.
Small typos or grammatical errors will decrease your chances of getting an interview.
Remember that you are trying to sell yourself. All of the effort that you put into creating your resume will give you an advantage over the other candidates.
Information Technology is a key player in this new business strategy, and it is not surprising to see an exponential advancement in this field. Therefore, it becomes crucial for IT Professionals to keep up with the emerging technologies and to proactively keep their technical skills up to date.
Because of the rapidly changing nature of technology and business strategy, we believe a “Top 10 of the latest IT trends” will not help. We prefer to give you tips that will help you identify new and upcoming trends and will help you use this information to design your own career path.
Information technology is moving away from its administrative and supportive role and becoming an essential part of business strategy for company. This makes information technology one of the most challenging and competitive fields. By reading this article, we hope that we to have given you ideas on how to keep track of technological innovation and how to use that information to influence your career path.
In order to show enthusiasm, arrive on time, do your research on the company before the interview so you can speak intelligently about the business, smile, and be friendly. During the interview, be focused on the job that you are interviewing for. Make sure your mind is clear of other problems or opportunities. Don’t be afraid to tell them that you want the job and that you like the company. That is exactly what they want to hear.
One common mistake is that interviewers make is trying not to act desperate for a job .In trying to do this, they act uninterested, or indifferent. Do not make this mistake. Showing your excitement and pointing out why you would be a good fit and telling the interviewer that you want the position does not make you desperate. It makes you a good interviewer.
Remember, the bottom line is that every employer wants to give the job to someone who really wants it. They are excited about the company and what they are doing, and they want to hire someone who feels the same way.
Make it a rule to skip personal references altogether. It is always a good idea to have at least one reference from your most recent position who can attest to your responsibilities and job performance. Find out if the employer would like to contact a Manager, Technical Lead, Customer, Subordinate, etc. This will help you figure out exactly what they are looking for. Don’t give blanket references out for every job. Try to wait until the final stages before providing these contacts to target the best references for that particular position.
Not being able to get in touch with a reference definitely slows down the hiring process. Always provide your references’ work number, cell number and email address. Also, speak to your references every time before giving out their information, so that you know their schedule. For example, if they are on vacation or in training, you can help coordinate when the best time to call would be dodging any scheduling conflicts. Hopefully, if they are aware, they will return any missed communications promptly.
When you call your references to give them a heads up, tell them about the position you are interviewing for. Let them know how excited and interested you are and why you think it would be a good fit. The more enthusiasm you show, the more likely they will be to get excited and go the distance. Don’t forget to thank them! Bottom line, if you make the extra effort, they will do the same.
Obviously, companies are looking for someone to back up the information on your resume. Make sure your references are prepared to discuss your strengths and weaknesses that pertain to the role you are interviewing for. That way, they are able to discuss all aspects in an honest but positive light. The more prepared they are, the smoother the process will be.
According to national surveys of employees that accept counter-offers, 50-80% voluntarily leave their employer within six months of accepting the counteroffer because of unkempt promises. The majority of employees that accept counteroffers involuntarily leave their current employers within twelve months of accepting the counteroffer (terminated, fired, laid off, etc.). As attractive as counteroffers may appear, they greatly decrease your chances of achieving your career potential.
Even in difficult economic times, the opportunity for advancement exists. Whether you’re a front-line associate aiming for the next level or a senior vice president looking toward the CIO role, certain strategies will help you reach your goals. These steps can’t guarantee that you will move up within your organization, but they will definitely give you a leg up on the competition.
It seems like common sense, but this often gets pushed to the side in favor of day-to-day responsibilities that yield immediate results. It is much easier to communicate what you do and why it is important to someone who is used to hearing from you regularly. Make a habit of trying to develop a relationship within different business divisions at least once a month.
How does what you do, or what your team does, further the efforts of the organization? How does it help the business achieve its bottom-line objectives? You must be able to articulate the value of your position to the organization clearly. This often takes time and effort, but it is crucial to make the investment.
IT can often breed a solo or small team atmosphere. If you are a leader in your organization, be seen! Nothing is worse than a CIO, CTO, EVP, AVP, or even a director who stays behind closed doors and remains silent.
If you think you have talked to them enough, go back and talk to them one more time. Trust me: if your top talent is nervous (and they are) and you’re not communicating with them, they are looking elsewhere. As times get more challenging, your top talent becomes more valuable. This rings true at every organizational level, from the front lines up. Replacing superstars is not easy.
IT has a language all its own, and those outside IT may have trouble understanding it. In fact, it’s never a given that even those within IT, but in a different division, will understand the lingo associated with your specialty. Communicate with your audience in mind.
Nothing deflates an organization or a team more than perceived inconsistency in communication or communication style.
The expression “Information is power.” holds some truth; however, the idea that hoarding that information will result in more personal power does not. Controlling the flow of information is a losing proposition. Everything you do sends a message, and communications, or lack thereof, sends a clear message. (Hint: it is not a positive one).
The tendency to end up in silos and spend precious little time networking with other divisions can cost opportunity. It happens in many divisions outside IT as well. Just like in sports, rising stars in different positions often end up leading the entire team because they developed those relationships along the way.
When commenting on professionals who are looking to ascend internally, I often hear IT executives cite the need to have experience in more than one space. While “master” might be a strong term, a well-balanced portfolio should not be limited to your 401k.
Mentors are crucial in any business, and in a business where networking is not as common as in other lines of work (sales, marketing), mentoring is a great way to learn. It’s also a great way to develop a relationship with an executive you would not normally get to interact or spend significant time with.
It sounds very simple, but you never know what might happen. Make sure you plan ahead for weather or traffic delays. A good rule of thumb is to allow an extra 30 minutes, just in case. If you do end up arriving more than 10-15 minutes early, hang out in your car or the nearest coffee shop, so you aren’t perceived as being too eager.
You only get one chance to make a first impression, but now is not the time to show individuality. Men should wear a dark suit with a wrinkle-free shirt and a tie that doesn’t stand out. Your shoes should be shined and make sure you wear dark socks. Women should wear a dark suit with nice blouse with desired accessories and makeup that do not overly stand out. Make sure your shoes are business appropriate and easy to walk in. Overall, everyone should make sure they look neat and well-groomed.
Make sure to bring a few copies of your resume with you, along with a notepad and pen to take notes. You always want to be perceived as prepared and interested in the position you are interviewing for.
Do not, under any circumstances, write “see resume”. It may seem like a clever time saver to you, but the company could peg you as lazy and uninterested in the position.
If you smoke, don’t do it right before your interview. If you have gum or a mint in your mouth, get rid of it. Try to brush your teeth some time before the interview.
Make sure to treat phone interviews seriously. Although it does not seem as formal, it is often your first impression and you want to make a good one. Make sure you are in a private place where you can speak freely. Don’t duck into the nearest restroom.
If you do have your phone with you, make sure to turn it off. Nothing is more distracting and embarrassing during an interview than an annoying, ringing cell phone.
If you are asked a question that you don’t know the answer to, don’t guess at it. Share as much information as you do know about the subject and then let them know how you would go about finding out the information. No one expects you to know everything, so showing your resourcefulness will help you to stand out in a crowd.
Make sure to collect business cards from each person that you meet with so you can send thank you emails afterwards.
If you are certain that you want the job, don’t be afraid to let the interviewer know. Make it loud and clear that you are excited and interested.
Why should you care about being a good fit? Saint Louis is a small town. As recruiters we often recognize resumes or names when they pop up in our inboxes, and applying for every job you see without making sure you are a fit first makes your skills seem unfocused.