7 Key Tips To Get An IT Job in 2021
Will you be able to take another step in your IT career? Interviews in 2021 raised some special challenges. Take this expert advice
2020 was a year of relentless disruption, and we’d like to forget all of us a year. In 2021, however, IT professionals who are contemplating a career change look bright in the future.
“The organization will continue to prioritize technology projects and digital initiatives,” says Thomas Vick, Regional VP for the recruitment of Robert Half Technology firm. “Talents who can help them and their leaders promote these projects will have plenty of opportunities.”
However, as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, in 2021 IT job seekers will continue to face unusual circumstances. Here’s a glimpse at what you need to know in the next year to get a job.
Expand the quest range for IT employment
Consider extending your job quest beyond your localization, says Matt Walden, managing partner of the Infinity Consulting Solutions recruitment company. While several businesses have selected local candidates before the pandemic, remote work has proven fruitful over the past few months.
This not only improves access to highly skilled people within the company’s own spectrum but also gives job seekers more choices.
“The job search was a proximity game based on how long your journey would take,” notes Dr. Walden. “That’s not the case again. If you want to have the flexibility to work remotely, consider possibilities outside your area.”
Take into account contract roles
More companies opt to employ contract employees over full-time jobs, according to a McKinsey study. Approximately 70 percent of the managers surveyed expect demand for the temporary and contract workers to increase over the next two years relative to levels before a pandemic.
Walden suggests this trend provides an opportunity for those searching for new jobs. “Companies, particularly in IT, are looking to recruit rapidly,” he says. “This is an excellent way for you to learn new skills and get your foot on a particular company’s doorstep.
Refresh keywords for your resume
When choosing new jobs, the keywords you include in the curriculum vitae are important: they not only receive attention from the hiring manager but are often scanned with the applicant tracking system.
These programs seek resumes of certain keywords relevant to the task and sum up variables, including keyword frequency in conjunction with the resume keyword advice from the job site.
“Think about the job you wish, not your job,” Walden suggests. To that end, look at the job post and remember keywords and relevant sentences. Also, check for keywords on other job listings of the same title and company websites. Work these keywords and sentences as well as improvements in them into your application, cover letter, and resume.
Notice more than average
Job seekers should be pragmatic about the market environment and over-prepared for each interview, says Vick. In particular, research into how the company pivoted or turned to survive and succeed on the pandemic challenges.
“Look at their websites, newsrooms, and social media channels to get the full scope of their experience in recent months,” he says. “None has done it as usual and it is important to know who the company is now and how you can be part of its evolution.”
Prepare your area for your virtual interview
Remote interviews are likely to continue in 2021, says Seth Harris, head of ON Partners. That’s why Walden adds that it’s important to pay special attention to your space and consider those factors while preparing your interviews.
Check your room’s lighting to ensure it isn’t too dark or too bright—you don’t want to look behind or exposed to the camera. Plan the interview at a time when interruptions can be prevented or minimized.
“It’s hard because many families work at home or at remote school,” Walden admits. “Put the dog out during your call, make sure your children know that it will be a quiet time, and try to stop any scheduled lawn maintenance on your call. Note that your experience is professional and invite people into your home.
Even if much of the year has been spent on sweat pants, trade them for something more formal.
“Video interviews have been the warm-up event for a personal meeting in the past,” said Vick. “They are the main event now, and they ought to be treated as such.”
Recognize recent wins
IT was at the core of every company’s transition to remote work when the pandemic hit and staff were sent back home. Those situations provide enormous opportunities to shine – and both in the CV and during interviews it’s crucial to highlight them.
“Articulate how you solved the issue during COVID-19, how you were doing it, and the results and metrics of the changes,” says Walden. “Be clear about how your business or end customer was affected by this too.”
Focus on versatility and connectivity
Two skills employing managers are currently most interested in versatility and communication, says Vick. They search for people who can quickly move from projects to projects to tasks, while efficiently interacting across the company.
“Tech professionals are called upon, now probably more than ever,” he says. “We have always had soft skills to be an important factor in recruiting technology talent, but they’re really at the forefront right now.”