|By Sam Rahbar, National Training Manager at Eagle|
Enhance Your Public Profile to Stand Out in Your Job SearchThere are opportunities everywhere to enhance your public profile, including LinkedIn, your Resume, GitHub, and Stack Overflow.
- Details, details, details: "Your resume needs to be less than 2 pages" does not apply to IT consulting resumes. In the IT recruitment industry, the entire game revolves around keywords and Boolean searches, so hiding details is only a disservice to yourself! If you have working experience with a tool/technology, make sure it is on your resume. Make sure you are findable.
- How you saved time and/or $$: AKA "music to hiring managers' ears". Under each project, add a bullet that gets into more detail on how you brought more than just your skills to the role -- how you went above and beyond by recommending solutions that saved the client time and money. (If that is the case of course!)
- Fluff: Get rid of fluff! Each job you apply to is different so tailor your resume to what the client is looking for. Everyone is an "Excellent Team Player", right?! Recruiters spend an average of only 8-10 seconds reviewing resumes before making a decision. Make sure your resume speaks to the role you apply to.
How IT Consultants Can Stand Out in MeetingsEvery interview you go into is an opportunity to stand out above your competition.
- Build connections/network: Before selling your skills, your first goal should be to "connect" with the interviewers. Hiring Managers/HR give preference to people who they like to work with, or someone they get along with.
- Listen carefully: Make sure you understand what is asked. This is the most common mistake interviewees make in interview. Either too excited or nervous you might hear a word or two that trigger you to make assumptions. Instead, let the questions finish, take a deep breath, collect your thoughts and proceed to answering.
- Structure your answers: Always approach your answers like a story. Paint a background and provide context. Explaining When/Where/Why and the outcome.
- How you saved time and/or $$: I cannot stress how important this is. It is your chance to shine and your time to stand above the rest of the pack.
- Smile: Leave all your troubles, stress and worries for another time. Interviewing should be a positive experience.