In today’s job market, IT professionals have a significant advantage against the rest of the U.S. With unemployment nearly half of the standard percentage, and nearly 20% of employers saying they want to increase their IT staff in the next year, it’s no wonder that IT pays a little better than other positions and is easier to find a job, provided a candidate has the right qualifications.
You Can Afford to Be Picky
When interviewing or considering a position, remember that YOU are interviewing the COMPANY as much as they are interviewing you. Never be scared to turn down an offer if you don’t share the same values as the company. Inevitably, this type of employment relationship is doomed for premature failure. Regardless of your skill level, soft skills matter as much as any certification for long-term job satisfaction.
So what is company culture? How do you find the right one?
Ask Good Questions
Ask the interviewer or recruiter what their leadership style is. Most won’t openly admit to you if they micro-manage, but listen intently to their answers and you can feel out those who are more autonomous than others. Moreover, during an interview, the recruiter or manager tends to respect those who ask questions such as these, and it makes them more likely to hire you. Ask them what their policy is about something that could potentially be an issue. (NOTE ) – there are some questions that are best to wait until the recruiter brings them up… like compensation). Ask all the unusual questions that will come up or be a potential obstacle down the road. If you accept a job without knowing the answer to the variables, it will only frustrate you down the road.
Work with a Recruiter
There’s another route for an optimal IT job search. Pair with an IT recruiter. Professional IT recruiters know the companies they recruit for, and can pair you with your ideal culture and employer. They know what works and what doesn’t, and can help you find a job that you’ll still be happy with years later.
Once you’ve developed a relationship with a recruiter, they can help you negotiate effectively. In addition, it makes asking the difficult questions (mentioned above) a little easier, as a recruiter becomes an advisor. Because these difficult questions are the important ones that determine whether it’s a career opportunity or just a “job.” Having someone you trust makes for a more honest discussion to determine what’s in your best interest.
That why we’re here. At Cutting Edge Recruiting Solutions, we recruit for a variety of IT Opportunities in Dade County, and want to find the job that’s perfect for you. No matter which niche of IT, we have recruiters who are very experienced and understand the industry and know which jobs would be the ideal long-term fit. Go ahead; contact us today to see how we can help you!