4 Ways to Tell If You’re Getting the Most out of the IT Job Market
By Kylee McIntyre07-Mar-2018Views 1980

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“Open to opportunities" gets to be a familiar phrase, especially if you spend enough time on LinkedIn. In a way, we're all open to opportunities - every choice we make, however small, is another opportunity.

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But when it comes to IT job opportunities, though, are we as open as we say we are? Check yourself against this list to see if you're really setting yourself up for the best paths in your professional life.

Just apply

This piece of advice may sound overly simplistic - why wouldn't you apply for a job that looks like a good opportunity? Maybe you already have a good IT job - and haven't thought about passive job searching before - or you feel underqualified.

The first rule of making opportunities for yourself is that if you don't put yourself out there, the answer is always going to be no.

It doesn't take a lot of effort to throw your CV out there (if the thought of updating your CV puts you off, check this guide out to make things a little easier for yourself). Throw it out there and see what happens! You have little to lose. You should always be looking for new opportunities in your market anyway, so keep skimming for postings and tapping your network to figure out where your work can take you next.

Don't assume the answer is “no"

The interview didn't go well? You haven't heard back from that one hiring manager for a while? Maybe you know that a lot of people have already applied for the job you've set your sights on.

Go for it anyway.

A “no" or a rejection can feel a little discouraging, but you won't know if you don't try. You get more out of trying, and you don't want to shut yourself down before you know the answer for sure. Have faith in yourself, your abilities, and your ability to grow your skills over time.

You don't always see the whole picture

That's one of the challenges of job searching - you can speak to the hiring manager and other employees in a workplace as much as you want, but you often don't know how things really are in a job until you're working there.

Assume the same when you're looking at a new IT job opportunity or project. You have plenty to learn and can't always see the bigger picture - where you fit in the company's future - until later on. Perhaps you have a personality trait that makes you a better fit for the role.

At the end of the day, if you instinctively know that the move is wrong to take, don't take it. But if you're looking into a new position and find yourself uncertain, push ahead and see if you can make it work. Unexpected opportunities often turn into great experiences, so lean into the discomfort and consider taking that leap of faith.

Just take up the challenge

Maybe you've put your hat in the ring for a particular position, but you get a call back asking if you'd be interested in a completely different job. It's out of your comfort zone, but someone's seen potential in you, though you're not so sure you see it in yourself.

Consider taking on the role anyway. Do your research first, of course. But if it sounds like a good move for you, you'll learn something, whether you succeed or not. If the hiring manager can make a case for why you'll be a good fit, might as well try, right?

This piece of advice doesn't just have to apply to jobs - it can also apply to projects within your company. If your manager asks you to move over and do a different role - one in which you have no experience - don't automatically say no. You have plenty of skills already that are probably useful in the new role, and there's a first time for everything.

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Kylee McIntyre
American tech, science, health, and environmental writer. Lover of scifi, fantasy, travel, and coffee. Find her on Twitter @ejkyleem.
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