Looking for a new job is like taking on a new occupation. If you work full-time, but are on the prowl for something new and exciting, then you might have to confine your search to nights and weekends. If you are currently unemployed, the job search might be more urgent. No matter the circumstances of work, the fact that you are an IT professional puts you in demand. Your skills, knowledge, and experience give you opportunities that many others don’t.
That is why you should avoid searching for your next job as though you were just anyone else. Doing so wastes your time and mental effort, which is really all you have as a brain worker. You must develop a sound strategy to carry out your search; one that will simply the process of getting your resume looked at and reviewed, and that will get you a phone interview, an in-person interview, and finally an offer.
Your search should begin on a website that specializes in jobs in IT. Such a site will enable you to search thousands of new IT jobs in very little time. Indeed, the advantage of going to a specialist site is that you will not have to sift through whole lists of jobs that are not related to your profession. You will be able to get to the jobs that are most closely aligned with your talents and competence in very short order.
The job market has changed significantly in the last couple of decades. The vast majority of companies will now only accept applications and resumes that have been sent to them through online sites. It is not always as easy as sending an email with your CV and cover letter attached. Many companies will re-direct you to a page that requires you to answer a number of questions and that asks you to submit a sample of your work—these in addition to attaching your resume and cover letter.
The point is that finding a new job these days is a very time-consuming activity, and it is important to streamline as much of the process as you can. By going directly to an IT job site, you will be given access to a pool of jobs in your field.
The best sites also make it easy to glean the most important information. The salary and location of the job and the qualifications and experience required by it are vital pieces of information. You should be able to get them straightaway by just looking at the page.
The site you use should also have a function that allows you to search for jobs that match exactly your specialty, so that you can quickly find the companies that run projects very similar to the ones you’ve been involved in.
You can reduce the stress of trying to find a new job by beginning your search on the right site. The site that is most closely aligned with what you already know and have experienced is a great place to start.