Recent Graduates: Competing with Technical Talent for IT Recruiters
For those recent college graduates planning to send their résumé to IT recruiters and launch their careers in IT, the big question is, “How do I compete with more experienced technical talent?” Yes, there is a shortage of skilled workers in information technology, but recruiters want experience or examples that demonstrate your ability to pick up new things quickly. You know you can do the job, but how do you craft a résumé to convince the recruiters?
First, remember a purpose of the résumé is to get the interview, not the job. Focus your résumé on few key factors recruiters will be looking for to increase your chances of being selected. Once you have secured the interview, you can sell yourself against any objections that may exist, but first you have to get your foot in the door.
When your résumé is sent in response to a particular opening, make sure it is crafted to fit the specifics of the job. For example, if the company you are applying for requires a specific skillset, positioning this at the top will allow the recruiter to see it more easily. IT recruiters won’t waste time hunting through your résumé. They will scan it quickly, and if they don’t see what they’re looking for, they will move on to the next applicant.
Second, keep in mind there is a variety of careers in information technology. Do you want to develop apps? Technology consulting? Infrastructure? Decide on your objective and place it at the top of your résumé. Then build a résumé showing how well qualified you are for the position you want.
IT recruiters like applicants who know what careers in technology they want and have the résumé to prove they are qualified. Since recent graduates typically do not have professional experience, anything to back up your desire, like an internship or even unpaid consulting while in school is important to include both in your resume and during the interview. Class projects generally don’t count, but anything you accomplished outside of coursework is fair game.
Finally, don’t forget the basics. Keep your information relevant. Use action verbs. Numbers and percentages stand out, so include them when possible. Have a friend or someone else you can trust proofread your résumé. Confusing to, two and too can cost you. So can being an expert “Jaba” programmer.
The most challenging careers in information technology are found in consulting. The IT recruiters of Pariveda Solutions, a technology firm delivering strategic services and technology solutions, seek outstanding talent to develop. Don’t forget to include them on your list of résumé recipients.
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