Building a foundation for your IT career

The tech industry is a fun old thing. Expertise is a must here, but the means to reach a skill level and have a strong background to impress employers can often feel like navigating in the dark.

Building a foundation for your IT career

Building an IT foundation isn’t as difficult as it seems when you know some of the things to look out for. Thanks to some advice from MBN Solutions, who specialize in data science & IT recruiting, here’s what anyone looking to break into a tech career should do.

Update LinkedIn often (like almost too often)

LinkedIn is like a necessary evil for anyone looking to start or advance their career. It’s also the easiest way to keep all of your qualifications and specializations in one place. If you can tell you are dealing with full stack or UI on your profile, it can serve as a record to build your resume over time.

I think it’s like updating an online diary every time I play around with something new. You might not become an expert on first-line support, but having it written on a visible profile that you’ve flirted with for some time can highlight that you have a wider range of IT skills than you think . In turn, it will help you make your resume all too easily.

Know that paths change

If you work in IT and your role is the same as it was 2, 3 or 5 years ago, something is wrong. Every IT job is different, even if the title is the same. Understand that all companies do things a little differently, and that also means changing your personal IT journey.

Find specific agencies

We have all had good and bad experiences with job agencies. The latter is more often the case when you’re with an agency that seemingly does every job your way that has minimal resemblance to what you’re looking for. For this reason, it is helpful to make a list of specific agencies and have them on hand.

What do I mean by specific? Well, you want to find local or national recruitment agencies that are in the niche you want to get into. I mentioned MBN Solutions earlier in this article. You’re an example of a recruitment agency who not only cares about someone with a passing interest in IT, but instead deals with data science and technology.

This creates a scenario where companies interested in filling precise positions come to them for just that. With specialized agencies, you will also find that the people who work there know a thing or two about the jobs they are promoting. You don’t need to feel like you’re talking to someone who has no idea how your strengths in data engineering fit into specific scenarios.

Ask agencies about internships

Let’s say you’re not yet at the stage of taking that plunge into a full-time career (you might still be in college or studying) and want to gain some experience. In that case, you should contact an agency (remember, I just said you should make a list) and ask them if they can point you to companies that may have internship / internship available.

This will do two things in your favor. This may transfer you to a company that you want to work for for a short period of time and it will help you develop a good relationship with a recruiter who may help you find a job. Do you see how it all relates?

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