A recent survey of chief information officers (CIOs) provides some sage advice for recent grads looking to start careers in the tech sector.
According to staffing specialist Robert Half Technology – who conducted the survey – the #1 piece of advice CIOs have for tech grads is to keep learning new skills to stay current.
This is followed, (in descending order), by admonitions to 2. Be willing to take any job to get a foot in the door; 3. Be ready and willing to work long hours; 4. Join industry networking groups and; 5. Find a mentor.
In a statement, Robert Half Technology rings in with these four tips for first-time job seekers pursuing full-time employment:
1. Find an internship. Check with your alma mater or a local university about post-graduate internship programs. Some employment sites also list these opportunities. Contact potential employers directly to find out if they offer paid or unpaid internships.
2. Explore volunteering. Nonprofit organizations, like any business, rely on technology to operate, but don’t always have the resources to hire full-time tech talent. Offering your IT expertise on a pro-bono basis helps you earn real-world experience while doing work that benefits others.
3. Earn relevant certifications. Review job descriptions and resources like the Robert Half Technology Salary Guide to find out what certifications are in demand for the technology roles you seek. A simple online search can help you find out how and where to earn those credentials.
4. Pursue project work. Consider working with a staffing agency that specializes in placing IT candidates. A reputable firm can help you find part-time or project opportunities while you look for a full-time position. These services also can connect you with training and continuing education that will help improve your marketability.
Robert Half Technology said they provide work for technology professionals in initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. So, they know what they’re talking about.
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