Have you been considering making the jump into a career in IT but aren’t sure if it is the right move? I had the same questions and concerns when I decided to pivot from Inventory Control/Project Management in Warehousing. One of the reassuring things I found once I started researching was that some of these are common questions and concerns for folks not only transitioning to tech, but ANY new field. Here are a few things to know before changing careers to IT.
#1 You don’t need to be a programmer
Thankfully, you do not NEED to be a programmer to land a role in IT. Although understanding basic programming is nice, it is not required to work in many positions outside of being a developer/programmer. In fact, the majority of the IT jobs revolve around supporting the work programmers do. The sheer amount of non programming jobs related to IT means there is plenty of non coding work to be done while the developers do their thing!
#2 You aren’t too old
This was the biggest concern I had when I decided to take the plunge into IT. The one thing that held me back the most was worrying how I would change careers mid 30’s, and transition into a world that is perceived to be dominated by people younger than me. This type of thinking is a waste of time, you are not too old! In fact a lot of your experience in other industries is going to be an advantage in IT. I was pleased to find out the average age of workers in tech is 38 years old. Be willing to work alongside people younger than you, be flexible and adaptable, but do not let your age prevent you from a rewarding career in IT. Plenty of people who are in their 40’s and 50’s have taken the skills they have learned over their early career and used that to pivot into a successful role. Life begins at whatever age you decide to start living, a number doesn’t decide that!
#3You don’t need to be good at math
Boy am I grateful that there wasn’t a math test on my first IT job interview. In fact, the majority of math calculations I do on a daily basis is figuring out my time card!
IT of course does have certain roles where a high proficiency in math would be required, but not ALL roles require this. Working on a help desk, so far I have not been asked to calculate anything that I can’t do with a basic calculator. Do some research on your desired career path, see if math is required for it and if not go for it.
#4You don’t need to be a nerd(tech enthusiast) anyone can learn
This one was a shocker to me, and I didn’t learn this until I hit the service desk. Apparently, not everyone in IT builds their own PC’s, writes their own programs, and has a command center in their house that can crack the longest passwords in a few seconds. In fact, a lot of people that work in IT are simply good at process and procedure. Would you believe me that some folks I have met in IT, who have been working 10+ years do not own a personal computer? If you can understand how to follow written instructions, and effectively communicate with someone over the phone/email then you have the majority of the skills you need to work in IT.
#5 You don’t need a degree – but it is helpful
This is one of the things that attracted me to a career in IT, the fact that a degree is often not required! This field has so many opportunities for someone without a degree that it isn’t even funny. Now does a degree help? Absolutely, but oftentimes you will see job listings asking for a degree less and less, especially for entry level roles. Also, if you happen to have a degree in a different field, that is usually considered equally to a degree in Computer Science. Don’t let a lack of degree hold you back!
#6 You don’t need a certification – but it is helpful
In my experience, IT certifications rank above degrees in most cases. With that being said, certifications are NOT required so long as you can prove that you have the skills to do the job. There are plenty of people working on the service desks across the country, who only have customer service experience. These individuals are typically less technical savvy than their certified counterparts, but no less valuable. I have seen many people on the desk with nothing but good customer service skills crush it and take the leaderboards for positive customer surveys on a daily basis. If you are interested in certification, Comptia Net+ is a great start.
IT is a much larger field than what the TV shows and movies give it credit for. There are so many different positions you can get, and leveraging what you learned during your previous years in the workforce is going to be the best way to succeed in this move.
Your greatest asset will be your experience! Knowing how to work with people is huge in IT because it is not all about TECH, people are at the heart of IT and knowing how to work as a team is critical. Did you ever work in customer service? If yes, capitalize on that as customer service experience is huge in IT. If you have ever managed a team outside of IT, then you have leadership skills! Project Management and collaboration are all non IT specific skills that can land you a job working in this field. By leveraging these soft skills along with some foundational technical knowledge/certifications you would be amazed at what you can accomplish!
If you have been thinking about making the change, go for it! I did it at 36 years old, with no degree, a few certifications and very limited experience. I can safely say it was the best career decision I ever made. Good luck!
Eager and motivated job searchers should be aware of scam jobs trying to take advantage of your situation. While some scams may be easy to spot (Like a call about your great uncle, who’s the prince of a country, wanting to bestow upon you the family fortune), some may be more complicated. Here are some major red flags to look for if your gut tells you a potential job may not be as it seems.
First, did they contact you without even applying to a job? While this is not uncommon in the C-Suite Level Executive Recruiting world, it could be a bad sign for an entry-mid level position. This can happen when a Scammer uses your contact information from your uploaded resume on websites like Indeed (you do know those are set to public unlessyou specify otherwise, right?)
Next, was the job description or pay just a little too good to be true? Consider this: without formally applying to a position, a “hiring manager” has cold called you to offer you pay that you did not think you could attain so early in your career… does that sound right to you? Take a look at the company’s website. Does it look well put together? Do they have logos or referrals of other companies/clients they have worked with? At this point, you should be doing some fact-finding on places like Glassdoor and Payscale.com to confirm one – if the company is real and two – if the pay is right.
The Lack of Presence
If a company is not on Glassdoor because they’re a small company you should be able to find a legitimate social media presence. How many “likes” do they have on Facebook? If they are on LinkedIn how many people are following the company? How long does it say they’ve been in business? How many employees work for the company?
But, what if the company IS real but the company HAS ALSO been scammed. This happens as well. A scammer can use the logos and links from a company website and create their own application for you to review. How can you spot this? Are the logos on the documents you’ve received very low quality, stretched weird, or dropped into a .doc? This may be a sign they have copied content from an authentic company to make a fake application. Also, is the application asking you some personal, deeply personal contact details? For example, do they need your social security number or bank account information to proceed? These are major red flags that you should report immediately.
Let’s look at the communication between the hiring manager and you. Is it exclusively over email, text, or chat? Do they want you to download software to communicate with them? Do they have an email address that is at a Gmail or Yahoo and not a company domain email? If you are unable to have an introductory phone call or video interview, this is not normal for a job hiring process.
Do some research on the name of the hiring manager. Do they have a LinkedIn profile? And not just an account but a legitimate one with photos and connections that are real? Can you google their name and see their position/company anywhere else on the internet? If not, this person is likely not who they say they are.
We also highly recommend doing informational interviews when you can. Are there people besides the hiring manager that you can reach out to via LinkedIn or another platform and ask them a few questions about their job?
The Hiring Process
Finally, let’s talk about the actual hiring process. If there is ever mention of sharing a check with you to cash or a wire transfer of money before you even start, this is most definitely a money laundering scheme. You need to report these to the Federal Trade Commissionhere.
Being eager for that first opportunity in a new industry could make you vulnerable. Do your research and trust your gut when applying for a job and being contacted for positions.
The Cisco CCNA remains one of the top entry-level certifications used to launch careers in IT and Networking.
Due to Covid-19, the testing environment of the CCNA has changed dramatically, and it is now easier than ever before to sit for your CCNA Exam. What exactly do I mean? What I mean is that we can now simply take the CCNA 200-301 exam from the comfort of our homes. In the past, we had to schedule our exam at a physical testing facility, so it is now much more convenient, and only requires an internet connection and a webcam for the proctoring service. It’s possible that some form of online exams may continue after the restrictions from Covid-19 have been lifted – that would be great!
There has never been a better time to get your CCNA than now, and it just so happens to also be the easiest time given the convenience. Once you are ready to schedule your exam just visit pearsonvue.com. Now, since I know you are going to work on your CCNA, I’d like to share with you a few tips that I wish I had known before taking the test remotely.
How to prepare the day before
The day before the exam, you will want to test the link sent in the email confirmation after scheduling the exam.
If possible determine if there are any applications that run in the background on your PC/laptop. The first check on the morning of the exam looks to make sure all applications are closed.
Lastly, make sure you have a clean, uncluttered work area in a room where you can close the door. Someone entering the room during the test will be grounds for disqualification. If you have a second monitor, it must be powered off (I just unplugged it and hung the power cord over the front of the screen).
The Morning of the Exam
Cisco recommends that you sign in 30 minutes prior to the start time to begin the process of evaluating your workstation and work area. It is highly recommended that you sign in exactly 30 minutes prior to make sure you get through the pre-test checks in time. It is stated that your exam will be rescheduled if you do not begin the exam within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time.
The general process:
You will sign-in on the Pearson Vue page using the URL in the email confirmation sent to you after scheduling the exam.
You will have to run a pre-system check – this is different from the one you may have run while scheduling the exam. The initial check just ensures that you have the physical resources to support the testing software and that you have a functioning webcam and microphone.
The check ran on the morning of the exam will also look for applications running in the background and require you to close them. I had some “Snag-It” application running in the background and I couldn’t find it. I looked under the task manager and it was not listed. Being short on time, I went in and uninstalled the application to pass the check.
During the sign-in process, you must supply a mobile phone number.
Once your system is deemed ready, the proctor will contact you via chat in the Pearson application.
You will be forwarded a message on your phone that will contain a link that you will use to upload photos.
There will be at least 6 photos requested: Your face, a close-up of your picture ID, and 4 of your work area – from the front, back, left, and right. If any of the photos are unclear, you will be asked to redo and upload it again.
Once your photos are cleared, you will be asked to place your phone physically out of your reach.
The final request will be to lift up your laptop or camera and slowly take a 360-degree pan of the room – including where your phone is sitting.
Then you will be approved to take the exam.
Taking the Exam
When you begin the exam, you have the option of viewing a tutorial. It is recommended that you go through this – the clock for the exam does not start until you click “Start Exam.”
There are 102 questions and the majority are all multiple choice with the balance being drag and drop. The question topics are spread fairly evenly among those listed in the blueprint published by Cisco.
The questions on the exam are worded to make them more difficult. Look for key-words in the question that clearly identify the answer. Sometimes, you may have to look at the answers to figure out what the question is asking! When in doubt, use the elimination method to rule out bogus answers. Also, when viewing the answers, look for “the odd man out”. Often there is one answer that does not fit in with the rest. (e .g. 3 answers that contain IP information and a fourth on passwords, for instance.)
Key Focus Areas
There are a couple topics that seem to be the focus of the largest number of questions. They revolve around determining the route to a destination address when given a list of routes to choose from – and static routing (both IPV4 and IPV6). Knowing Administrative Distances and floating static route syntax is important for both of these categories. A common scenario used is 3 routers connected in a line where you are asked to choose the proper static route to get from a network on one side to a network on the other. You must be able to correctly identify the destination network and the next hop or exit interface used to get there. In some cases, a default static route may be the answer
Some Additional Topics to Review
Know these things not mentioned in the Cisco Blueprint
Know CDP & LLDP
Configuration syntax to enable/disable globally and per-interface
Different AP Types
Wireless LAN Controllers
2.4Ghz range – non-overlapping channels
Know Security Fundamentals
Dynamic ARP Inspection
Requirements for Configuring SSH
Know the difference between configuring an enable secret and pasting a previously encrypted password into a configuration
Know Network Automation
Traditional vs Controller-based (distributed vs centralized control plane)
Subnetting calculations will creep into many different types of questions
Command line syntax and “show” command output
Make sure you know the command line syntax for basic configuration tasks such as access and trunk port configuration, ACL and Static route syntax, etc . . .
Cisco loves to give you the output of some show commands and ask you “why?”
Make sure you can quickly look through “show IPOSPF interface” and find the items that are preventing 2 routers from becoming OSPF neighbors.
Although there is no command line configuration required on the exam, there are many questions that are easily answered based on lab experience. There are also some questions on Wireless LAN Controllers, for instance, that can really only be answered if you have accessed the GUI of a WLC. Do not forget to include Packet Tracer lab simulations in your studies.
You will come across some trick questions
Lastly, I believe that nobody is supposed to get 100%. So, there may/will be a couple questions on something you have not heard of, or something so specific that only someone who has worked on a specific model of a device with a particular module installed and has performed the exact thing called out in the question could possibly answer it. This should make you laugh and not panic . . .
Time Is Limited
Remember that you only have approximately 75 seconds to answer each question. Don’t waste time on the ones you absolutely don’t know. Try to do a quick elimination of some answers, choose one and move on. When you do get a question on a topic with which you have 100% confidence, re-read the question before answering to make sure you are not being lured into a trap.
Lastly, after you have answered the final question, you must click the “End Exam” button or your results will not get sent – and you never took the exam!
The format of the CCNA 200-301 is dramatically different than it used to be and is much more similar to the way that other vendors deliver certification tests. The new exam incorporates more information from previous specialty certifications such as wireless and security than ever before. This is a difficult, fact-based exam – but is fairly representative of the Exam topics published by Cisco. With proper focus and practice, this exam is definitely passable on the first attempt!
The best to you and Good luck on your exam!
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Gamers and IT professionals are cut from the same cloth. Both are team players. Both are tech buffs. Both grew up “wired.” The main difference? Top IT professionals hang out in the boardroom, not the bedroom.
Many famous coders, network engineers, and developers started as gamers:
Programmer/developer and one-time software engineer John Romero. (His favorite game? “Chrono Trigger” on the SNES).
Gamers and IT professionals share similar personality traits. Both have a competitive streak. (You can’t play “Fortnite” without one). And the will to succeed. (Just ask programmer-turned-billionaire-businessman Tim Sweeney!)
There are obvious parallels between gamers and successful IT professionals like network engineers. If you game at home, apply those skills to a new job in the lucrative IT sector. You’ll never have to put down the controller!
Become an IT Professional and Use Your Gaming Skills
So you want to get a job in the gaming industry? This is a highly competitive field — there are 2.6 billion gamers worldwide, up from 100 million in 1995 — so you should develop new talents to improve your chances of success. One route into this sector is through IT, where you can hone many of the skills you’ve developed playing video games — enhanced coordination, spatial awareness, improved concentration, memory recall, problem-solving, multi-tasking, the list is endless.
With the right training from a professional, you can garner the skills you need to work in IT, as well as industry certifications that help you land your first job in this field. The IT sector is crying out for talented gamers like you. And you’re going to love it.
What you can expect when you work in IT:
No day is the same. (You get to work on different projects.)
The opportunity to transfer your gaming skills to real-world environments.
The chance to work with similar people to you. (Many people who work in IT are gamers!)
There are loads of opportunities for career progression.
You earn good money! (Keep reading to find out how much.)
As you know, there are lots of job roles in IT, including coders, developers, and designers. However, network engineering roles are consistently ranked as one of the most in-demand tech jobs. Network engineers are similar to gamers in various ways. Both have excellent hand-eye coordination. Both solve complex problems. Both plan strategically. (If you’ve ever played Civilization, you know what we mean.)
“Understanding of computer and console game networking systems and technologies”
As a gamer, you have this talent!
“Strong communication and interpersonal skills; the ability to work as a part of a team.”
“Self-directed, focused, and detail-oriented.”
OK, there will be stuff you might not know, such as client/server models, peer-to-peer models, and latency compensation, but you can learn all this quickly. You could become a job-ready certified network engineer in just 3 months, even if you’ve never worked in IT before. (Or never had a job before!)
How to Move From Gaming to Network Engineering
Network engineers deal with various computer network elements and, in theory, video games are similar to these components. Therefore, you can transfer many of the skills learned in gaming to IT.
When you become a network engineer, you’ll optimize networking systems and collaborate with other engineers to improve performance. You’ll also:
Maintain network performance.
Enhance network reliability.
Look after data systems.
“Some of your other duties in the role of computer network engineer might include network modeling and analysis. This means you will have to analyze the particular networking needs of a business and determine which software and hardware solutions will suit them the best,” says Learn.org. “You will then plan out, install, and maintain those various solutions, which might include wireless adapters, routers, or network drivers.”
Do you have what it takes?
If you like to game, becoming a network engineer could provide you with a productive, profitable career. Plus, you can still play the video games you love. Some IT professionals still “game” outside of work; others play games at work.
With the right gaming skills and experience, you can become a network engineer (or another type of IT pro) in almost any niche. One of the most lucrative? Cybersecurity.
Gamers and cybersecurity network engineers have lots in common, so this shouldn’t be a difficult career to move into. Ninety-two percent of people in a recent study agree that gamers possess skills critical to cybersecurity, such as perseverance, logic, and an understanding of “adversaries”. Moreover, gamers are more likely to detect cybersecurity threats than traditional cybersecurity hires.
“[The majority] of cybersecurity professionals say the current generation entering the workforce that grew up playing video games are stronger candidates for cybersecurity roles,” says TechRepublic. “As cybersecurity pros struggle to keep up with evolving threats, one emerging pool of talent may help organizations stay safe: Video gamers.”
Working in cybersecurity can be rewarding. Like in popular video games, you detect threats, help innocent people, and fight against the “bad guy.” You also get the chance to work with governments and multinational corporations in the battle against cybercrime. Just like in Fortnite, you can save the world!
Cybersecurity is also lucrative for gamers. Average salaries range from $100-200,000 — well above the national average — and hit seven figures for the highest-paying jobs. Without a doubt, network engineering is one of the best-paid roles in cybersecurity. Your mission, should you choose to accept it? To set up, develop, and maintain computer networks — and keep everyone safe from the baddies.
Becoming a cybersecurity network engineer (or network security engineer) provides you with as much satisfaction as your favorite video game. You’ll be responsible for maintaining the company’s WAN, LAN, server architecture, firewalls, virtual networks, programs, and more. You’ll be the gatekeeper of the organization. The superhero of the company. The Lara Croft, Sonic the Hedgehog, or Master Chief. (Choose your character!)
You can even combine cybersecurity and gaming, and work as a cybersecurity network engineer in the gaming industry! There are loads of these jobs across the United States. (Not just Silicon Valley.) Check out these careers for video game enthusiasts:
Who? World-famous video game brand, famous for “Medal of Honor,” “The Sims,” “Dragon Age,” and more
Where? Orlando, FL
How much? $100-140,000 a year (estimated)
(Information correct as of July 2020)
Ready to Become a Network Engineer?
Unfortunately, you can’t leap from a gamer to a professional network engineer without any additional training. Sure, being a gamer puts you at an advantage, but you still need the help of a professional.
Meet Andrew, a veteran, and father-of-four, who enrolled in NexGenT’s Zero to Engineer program. He learned life-long IT skills (and work-ready soft skills) from top network engineers who have worked at companies like Google, Cisco, and Amazon.
After he completed the program, Andrew landed a job at NASA as a network engineer, where he specialized in WAN, CAN, and LAN engineering and management for more than 5,000 nodes. Andrew negotiated two raises and doubled his salary to more than six figures a year, before landing a position at Insight Global, and then Riot Games, one of the world’s largest video game developers. He now earns $200,000 a year.
Perhaps you’re like Andrew. You want to become a network engineer (or another type of IT pro) but lack the resources and contacts. With the Zero to Engineer program, you get hands-on technical education, industry-recognized certifications, virtual mentorship, flexible learning, and career services all from the comfort of your home.
Are you a gamer? Whether you want to become an IT professional in the gaming industry or another sector, you’re almost halfway there. With a little training, you could land the job of your dreams and earn a lucrative salary.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up the U.S. job market, but not every industry has been impacted in the same way. While other sectors such as hospitality and tourism have seen a substantial downturn, the software and tech industries have remained relatively unaffected—thanks in no small part to most employees’ ability to work from home.
According to the career website Dice.com, tech job postings in the first quarter of 2020 actually increased compared to Q1 2019, even accounting for the early effects of the pandemic. That’s good news for IT professionals who are looking for a new position right now, but worried about the potentially shaky job market.
The Dice Q1 2020 report also reveals some highly interesting trends about the U.S. tech job market right now. For example, states such as Texas, North Carolina, and Virginia have had surges in tech job posts in the last year—but the annual growth rates are even higher in some states that you wouldn’t think of as tech hubs, such as New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The full report is well worth your time to read, so check it out at the link above.
But with all that said, which companies are hiring IT professionals right now? In this article, we’ll discuss some of the top companies hiring IT professionals, along with some of the perks and benefits of working for each one.
ManTech is an IT defense contractor and consulting firm that helps U.S. federal government clients in the domains of cyber security, big data analytics, enterprise IT and systems engineering. According to Glassdoor.com, ManTech is going through a “hiring surge” right now, which is excellent news for IT professionals currently on the market.
In 2019, ManTech was named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the “50 Great Places to Work” in the Washington D.C. area. In particular, the survey listed ManTech as a “Great Workplace for Veterans”—no surprise, given that almost 50 percent of the company’s workforce served in the military.
Like ManTech, Glassdoor has Nokia listed under its “hiring surge” for employees right now. As a major player in the telecommunications industry, Nokia is well-positioned to profit as 5G networks continue to roll out across the globe.
The good news is that Nokia is also a nice place to work: 84 percent of reviewers say they would recommend working at the company to a friend, and 87 percent approve of CEO Rajeev Suri. Particular highlights in Glassdoor reviews of Nokia include the friendly working culture and flexible working hours.
RingCentral calls itself “the leading provider of global enterprise cloud communications and collaboration solutions.” The company offers a cloud-based phone system for organizations to help boost users’ efficiency and productivity.
San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal have recently named RingCentral one of the “2020 Bay Area Best Places to Work,” based on traits such as work culture, management practices, and employee practices. The company also offers perks such as free breakfast and lunch, a company gym, and team-building exercises through athletics and volunteering.
TEKsystems is an IT service management company that offers a wide variety of IT specialties. The company supplies IT staff to clients, helping them resolve their most pressing and challenging problems. The suite of TEKsystems services includes:
Data analytics & insights
Enterprise software applications
Cyber risk & security
DevOps & automation
The benefits for TEKsystem employees are highly competitive, including:
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, including 100 percent coverage for wellness visits
Parental and military leave
20 days of vacation and 6 company holidays
Financial perks such as 401(k) plans, profit-sharing plans, and tuition reimbursement
Citi is one of the world’s largest providers of consumer financial services, including bank accounts, credit cards, and mortgages. With millions of customers and offices in 160 countries, Citi’s IT infrastructure is mission-critical—now more than ever, as so much of the business world has migrated online.
Along with healthcare and 401(k) plans, Citi has been supportive of its workforce in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, the company announced that it would be giving $1,000 bonuses to employees who made less than $60,000, as well as letting workers take sick leave without needing to use their paid time off.
FedEx is one of the world’s biggest delivery services companies. The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up FedEx’s business in a good way: the company has hired thousands of drivers as online orders surge, and announced a new technology partnership with Microsoft in May to help get better business analytics and insights.
IT jobs are an essential part of FedEx’s worldwide logistics chain. Fortune magazine ranked FedEx as one of the top 100 companies to work for in 2019, citing the company’s extensive charitable work and help delivering food, supplies, and medicine to communities affected by natural disasters.
Costco is a wholesale retailer that operates hundreds of members-only warehouses across the U.S. and the world. As of 2020, Costco is the world’s second-largest retailer, behind only Walmart, and the 14th-largest U.S. corporation by revenue.
The company’s IT jobs are located at the corporate headquarters of Issaquah, Washington. Employee benefits include free membership to Costco stores and much more: in 2018, Indeed.com ranked Costco #1 on the list of best companies for compensation and benefits.
Amazon is a multinational technology company that focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. It is included in the Big Four technology companies, along with Google, Apple, and Microsoft.
Amazon is on a major hiring spree right now as their business has shot up during shelter in place. Benefits depend on both role and location but typically include a retirement plan, health insurance, employee assistance program, paid time off, and discounted products. They also encourage growth for all employees and even have a program called Career Choice which will pre-pay up to 95% of tuition fees for schooling in high demand fields for employees looking to level up.
Walmart is another company giant that is on a hiring spree. Although the majority of their positions are retail and warehousing, they also have many IT positions available. At the time of this writing, the listings for information technology related positions exceed 5000! Since the pandemic began, they have added over 150,000 people to their workforce and positions continue to be open and added.
Walmart does offer the common 401k, health insurance, employee discount, educational grants, stock, PTO, advancement and more. Benefits are dependent upon role and location but it is clear that Walmart cares for their employees.
The companies listed above are all great places to work for—and even better, they’re currently searching for new IT employees. Think you can make the cut? Check out their career websites and start sending those resumes.
If you’re looking to kickstart your career as an IT professional, we can help with that too. NexGenT offers hands-on, military-grade education programs in network engineering and cyber security, without the need for previous IT experience or degree. We’ll prepare you for the IT job market with our real-world skills training curriculum, during which you’ll gain industry certifications and benefit from mentorship from industry professionals.
Whether we are in a 1:1 appointment or covering resumes in our career course, NexGenT’s Career Service team is consistently talking about adapting to the twenty-first century of IT hiring trends and the way you are being viewed as an applicant.
Resumes are no longer a 1-2 page document that shows what job you had and what you were tasked to do. Nowadays, and especially in a digital era, you are required to show what job you had and demonstrate through your resume how well you did in your job through your bulleted list of experiences. An IT recruiter should be able to envision you in your role with the bulleted experiences you provide.
What are IT recruiters looking for in your resume? Recruiters look for goal-driven, result-oriented information that has technical and IT industry-specific terminology embedded throughout your resume that is directly related to the job description.
No former IT experience?
Not a problem at all! Soft skills such as teamwork, time management, and customer service skills go a long way. These transferable skills coupled with your NexGenT program experience through IT projects and earned IT certifications will make you an ideal candidate for many opportunities in the IT job market.
“I love working with students that have different backgrounds, especially non-IT related. Most of the time, students do not realize how much of their previous experience has to offer a future employer. It is all about putting things into perspective, gaining confidence in yourself and stop all the worrying about how IT hiring managers are going to view you before you even apply to the job.” – Michael LaMarche, NexGenT Career Success Coach
Google’s IT Resume Recommendations
While in a constant search of the best Career Service resources for our NexGenT students to gain employment to highly coveted IT positions at technology companies like Google, we found a fantastic video from Google recruiters. The video gives tips and advice about what IT recruiters look for in your resume.
Did you realize that companies like Google created resources to help candidates apply? It is more common than you think! It is actually to a company’s advantage to give candidates a leg up in the race in applying for IT opportunities. Good recruiters and other IT recruiters at top technology companies know there are talented individuals like yourself out there, and they want to be able to find you. At the end of the day, IT recruiters want to do everything they can to strengthen their IT job applicant pools, so it is to your advantage to utilize these company application tips and resources!
The Google recruiters cover the same information and advice that we teach you here at NexGenT. Our career services team has worked with top-level companies and know what companies like Google look for in IT job applicants. This is why we designed NexGenT’s career course and coaching methodologies the way we have. In order for you to be successful in gaining a job in IT, it is important for you to understand how you are being viewed by an employer.
Instead of going through mental gymnastics and the process of worrying about how you are being viewed by an IT recruiter, take a moment and learn about what IT recruiters are actually looking for.
Top Technology Companies IT Resume Tips
Don’t have time to watch the video? Below are some of the tips and advice to help a resume stand out for any IT job or internship at Google.
The IT Google recruiters emphasize the importance of using simple and consistent design, font, sizing, and spacing. Your presentation is everything! Most importantly, have strong bullet points and always avoid paragraphs.
Anatomy of a Resume from NexGenT’s Career Services Guide
Regarding the essential “need to know” information, it is important that your education and technology summary is at the top of your IT resume and your experience should take up the majority of your resume. Google has a specific bullet point framework that they look for. Here is a quick example “Accomplished [X] as measured by [Y] by doing [Z]”
If you are interested in seeing what other top technology companies, like Amazon, look for in their IT job applicants, you can take a look at an interview we did with Anthony Nguyen, a Cybersecurity Solutions Architect at Amazon. In that video interview and blog, he shares his tips to break into cybersecurity as well as Amazon’s top tips for IT job applicants.
In conclusion, it is important to always do your research to understand exactly what companies look for in IT job applicants. Do not just be another IT applicant. Going the extra mile always gets noticed!