How to Begin Your IT Job Search

Resources for finding an IT job are many—you just have to know what they are. So, what are some of the best job-finding resources that you can use—and where can you find them?

What resources you choose to use will depend on the type of IT job you are hunting for, your experience and your educational/certification level as well. Beginning with the educational resources is a good start.

While you are still in high school, your guidance counselors, and the business teachers as well, can provide you with contacts at higher learning institutions. These contacts will be an excellent source at helping you find a job that will enjoy, and that will match you and your personality.

However, when we are young, unless unusually wise, we think we know everything—and don’t always want to listen to the advice of the counselors and teachers. Not doing so will be a bad judgment call though—especially if you want to make a really good career for yourself.

Take advantage of the state employment offices as well. There is always a network available within them that will have job listings. What job category is most interesting to you?

Once you have decided the IT category of your choice, and then find out what is required to obtain the job. Ask the employment office about other resources that they may have access to in order to find the specific aid you need.

Once again, the question is—what are some of the best job finding resources that you can use? The Internet is a great place to start. In this modern technological day and age, it should be one of the most obvious things.

There are a large number of IT websites on the Internet that have loads of jobs available for you to pick from, and/or even give you ideas of possible specializations to go into. Many of them also have hints on how to properly write a resume, and possible job fairs to attend in your local area. Signing up for these job websites is fairly easy, although it does take a bit of time to do. Your personal information is required of course, and usually a basic resume. After that, you will go through, and pick the areas that you are interested in receiving emails from regarding possible job leads.

One final resource is your own personal network of friends. Whom do you know that can guide you towards a new job in the area that you want? Are you looking in a specific area, and some of your friends live there? Give them a call—ask where to start, and if they have any job leads for you to begin with.

Knowing what some of the best job finding resources are that you can use takes just a little bit of ingenuity. Put your thinking cap on and reason things out. What will serve you best—the Internet, an employment service at the state agency, or some help from your local school?

Job resources are where you least expect them—so think, and use them wisely!

Erin Kennedy (7 Posts)

Erin Kennedy, MCD, CMRW, CEMC, CPRW, BS/HR, is a Certified Master & Executive Resume Writer/Career Consultant, and the President of Professional Resume Services, Inc. She is a nationally published writer and contributor of 14+ best-selling career books and has written hundreds of career-related articles. Erin and her team of executive resume writers have achieved international recognition following nominations and wins of the prestigious T.O.R.I. (Toast of the Resume Industry) Award and advanced certifications.