Senior year and college graduation often sneak up on students. Many feel like they were just moving into their very first dorm room and now they are facing the real world eye to eye. The uncertainty of employment is a common fear among those in any major or field of study but as with anything else, preparation can ease some of the pressures that life in the real world can often times hammer down upon the recent graduate.
As we mentioned in our last blog post, breaking into the information technology world can be a daunting and competitive process. The following are a few tips for recent graduates or college seniors looking to land a quality IT job after graduation.
- Get an internship before graduation – Most programs at the university level now require an internship in order to earn your degree, but even if your program does not require an internship, we highly recommend building your experience early in any way you can. An internship is a great way to gain “real world” experience with an expected learning curve and safety net. Experience will set you apart from your competition, show that you are ready for more responsibility and are qualified for the position available.
- Have a portfolio of work – All of the work you have done in your undergraduate and professional studies should be highlighted in one clean and organized location. Even if you are not currently employed, we advise seeking out opportunities that could be highlighted on your resume and in your portfolio. Developing a portfolio of work will allow potential employees and clients to see your quality of work and your stories of success. Be sure to include only quality work that would leave a positive impression on potential employers.
- Research Employers – Be proactive! Make a list of the top 10 companies you would like to work for and make a substantial effort to research their methodology and missions. Preparing your resume and your work experience to fit into the specific skills set that is required by the companies you seek out will drastically impact your chances of landing a job at that company. Begin networking with the people that could potentially impact your employment future. Joining societies and professional organizations will be helpful when it comes to starting a positive dialogue with IT professionals.
The “real world” can be a scary place, but with the right preparation on your part, you can find an immense amount of success right out of college. As always, be sure to do your research and equip yourself with all of the tools needed for success in the IT field. The tips we have mentioned are supplementary to the acquired skills and education naturally required to break into the information technology industry. For a deeper look at the skills required to break into the IT world, take a look at our last blog post here. At Alliance IT we are always looking for quality professionals to join our team, be sure to check our careers page for opportunities and Good luck on your job hunt!