The technology industry is one of the fastest growing sector in the UK. It is widely considered that there is actually a significant skills gap in the field, so if you are leaving the university in the hopes of getting a tech job, you are at an advantage. This post will give you some actionable advice that may help you to get your name out there and land your dream job.
The first, and possibly most important, thing is to perfect your networking skills.
You can communicate either online or offline, but, you are still working to achieve the same goal, gaining valuable contacts. The key is not to think about it as a sales pitch, think about networking as personal development, access to constant learning, and a platform to share resources.
Before you think about finding a job, launch your social media presence on whichever channels will work for you, and that you enjoy engaging in.
LinkedIn is a great way to create a virtual CV. It will not require very much upkeep once you have uploaded the initial information, but make sure you are checking and contributing at least once a week. Start out by connecting with your university peers, expand to lecturers, employers, colleagues, and so on. This platform is designed to help you to connect with people you have already met, but if you’re looking for a professional platform to meet new people, try beBee.
Twitter is another must-have but, realistically, needs daily updates. It gives you the chance to speak to your professional icons, stay abreast of current news and content, and, most importantly, gives you a voice. If you are a visual techie (designer/photographer) Instagram is crucial and a great way to find new connections. Don’t underestimate finding job prospects through social media, it’s a growing trend.
Online networking could give you confidence in offline outreach. At university, you are bombarded with invitations to events, meet ups or workshops. Go to all of them. As you enter the professional domain, you are likely to have less time to attend these things. Try scouting meetup.com for events outside of University. These events are a brilliant way to build your confidence, even if that ends up being the only thing you get from them.
Make your work seen
Now that you’ve started to develop your network, it’s time to start thinking about how you can showcase what you’ve got.
A good way to evaluate your current skill set is by putting it out there for recruiters to see. Upload your CV to niche recruitment sites who hire in your field. Mason Frank International, Nu Creative Talent, and Creative Recruitment are some examples, to name a few.
A website is the most logical way to consolidate your work. It can act as the epicenter of your online presence, which contains your work and can be something you direct your networks to. Whether your site is an online portfolio or just a blog where you share your knowledge and experience, it will get you exposure and help you to gain credit. If your tech route is web building or design, brilliant, it’s an example of your work, but if you’re following any alternative path, it’s a way to develop a whole new set of web skills that you can then promote. Being a Jack-Of-All-Trades in the tech world is one of the greatest assets you can have.
Find your niche
You have to enjoy what you do, otherwise it will catch up with you eventually. Whichever tech route you choose to follow, find the area that you like best and become an expert. Once you have your ‘thing’, it becomes an instant conversation starter and it gives you more focus. It may take you time to find out what your speciality is, but don’t be afraid to acknowledge what you’re best at. The best way to figure this out? Try out as many different things as you can.
Working in technology means that you are part of an ever-changing industry. Global governments and businesses are pumping more money than ever into the industry and that results in growth and change that you must know about. Your knowledge is your greatest weapon. Sharpen it.
Use your network to access resources and publications that keep you up to date with developments whilst, parallel to this, use platforms such as Lynda.com and Google courses to keep your skill set enviably high. Brag about any courses you’ve completed on your CV because the more you have, the further you go. Remember, working in technology means you always have more to learn, and that’s exactly why it’s such a great route.
by Maria Baranowska
Maria graduated from Manchester Met in 2015 with a degree in Digital Media & Marketing. She is currently an Outreach Executive for Mason Frank International, a global IT recruitment company.
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