How to Stand Out as New Graduates are Competing for Technology-sector Jobs

September 22nd, 2011

An increasing number of current M.B.A. students are naming information technology firms as their employers of choice following graduation, according to a recent survey conducted by Universum at the end of 2010. This leads many to believe we are in the midst of a technology boom not seen since the likes of the Dot.com era in the early 1990’s. As a result, new graduates and existing technology candidates can expect some tough competition in the coming year.

The top ranking IT firms that students are focusing on is not at all surprising, including Google, IBM, Microsoft and Logitech in the top four. These companies have consistently done their best to attract high-level students graduating from top universities around the world. Google offers a famously casual work environment along with “individually tailored compensation packages” that appeal to IT professionals seeking both financial and personal reward. Other companies are following suit, with above average salaries, free lunches, onsite fitness centers, ongoing training opportunities, and even cubicles complete with beds for napping in between creative sessions.

If you want to stand out amongst the competition, and land a great job in the information sector, there are several things to start doing now.

Get the best education for the money. The biggest IT companies will be actively recruiting from the best technology schools, so invest in your future by getting an education with a reputable university. Not sure which one is the best? Contact several and ask who recruits there.

Increase your skills and credentials. To be in the IT field means to continually stay up to date on your skills. Make it a habit to be a lifelong learner by participating in industry associations, and take all the certifications you need to stay ahead of other candidates.

Consider an IT internship. A great way to position yourself for a solid career in IT with a great company is to take on an internship during your junior and senior years of college. In fact, some of the best IT companies require this to be considered for a permanent job for new grads.

Look for a good match in an IT company. Before you launch into a full-on search for a new job, take the time to research the potential IT firms you may be applying for. Look at the factors, benefits and requirements of each company to find one that shares your philosophy.

Develop an IT portfolio to impress. As a student, you are in a unique position to develop a killer IT portfolio of work, while getting helpful feedback from instructors. Put together a portfolio that links recruiters to your best projects and use this to impress them come application and interview time.

Register with an IT staffing company. When you are looking for the best job, your best bet is to immediately register with a quality IT staffing company like Stark Talent. This will connect you to a wide network of superior assignments, which will help you get hired faster by one of the big name IT companies.