A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Your IT Career

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By Candelaria Chiarello

April 3, 2023

Welcome to the exciting world of IT! In this digital era, it’s more important than ever to have a strong online presence and a well-prepared resume if you’re searching for your next challenge in the industry. But don’t worry, with a little effort and some helpful tips, you’ll be on your way to landing your dream job in no time: you just need to define where you want to take your professional career first. 

The first step is to create an updated and well-structured resume that highlights your skills, experiences, and achievements. Remember to use keywords that are relevant to the position you’re applying for, and keep it concise and to the point (no more than 2 pages long). When you send it over, remember to select a PDF or non-editable format. If you’re not sure where to start, there are plenty of resume templates available online to help you get started. Remember recruiters go over hundreds of CVs every week, so having a CV that stands out from the crowd can certainly make a difference.

Next, make sure your LinkedIn profile is complete and up-to-date. LinkedIn is a valuable tool for connecting with other professionals and showcasing your experience to potential employers. Be sure to include your current role, interests, career goals, and skills in your profile, and include a recent picture that is in line with a professional environment. Don’t forget to highlight your education, certifications, and relevant courses, too. You can even upload the relevant certificates straight to your profile.

It’s important to make sure that your LinkedIn profile matches your CV: experiences should be the same in both. Also, you can use your profile to showcase your main tasks, mention projects you worked on and especially results you’ve obtained.

Another advantage of LinkedIn is the possibility to include relevant aptitudes. As recruiters, we often search for candidates that match certain criteria, which is why having a complete and comprehensive skill section positions candidates differently.

Building your network is also key to finding new job opportunities. Reach out to colleagues and other professionals in your field to establish valuable relationships. Joining LinkedIn groups related to your area of expertise can also help you stay up-to-date on the latest industry news and trends, and set up job alerts that match your preferences.

Finally, having a portfolio or profile on GitHub is a great way to showcase your technical skills and projects. This will give potential employers a better understanding of your capabilities and what you can bring to the table from a technical standpoint.

Now you’re ready to start applying for new opportunities that match your skills and expectations. Callbacks will allow you to move on to direct interviews. And while that might be nerve-wracking for some, you can rely on technology to assist you. Google’s Interview Warmup is a tool that can ask you typical interview questions, and analyze and comment on your answers.

The world of IT is constantly evolving and changing, which means that there are always new and exciting opportunities out there for those who are willing to put in the work. By following these steps and really dedicating yourself to your job search, you’ll be well on your way to finding your next challenge and taking your career to the next level!