Last week we covered the forecast for the tech industry in 2017. For many tech companies, 2017 brings a unique set of factors to consider. These include recent political changes that affect the worldwide economy, including the U.S. election and Britain’s exit from the European Union. These considerations led to projections that the tech industry would see stagnant earnings and even some losses. Although many are cautiously optimistic, anyone seeking a new tech job in 2017 will need to be sure they’re ready to move on. Additionally, job seekers should make sure they have secured a new job before they leave the old one since few companies are planning to increase the number of IT positions this year.
Nevertheless, for job seekers looking for a new tech job in 2017, there will be opportunities available. Here are some tips to make sure you find a job.
Step One: What Industry Interests You?
The first step in finding a new tech job in 2017 is determining whether you want to continue in the type of role you already have, or if you’re ready to change careers. 2016 brought a number of technological advancements. These led to new jobs and opportunities in developing markets, such as the Internet of Things, Cloud Storage, Security, and Artificial Intelligence, just to name a few. If you are looking for a new job in 2017, it may be a good time to consider whether you’d be interested in a new role entirely.
Step Two: Who’s Hiring?
There are a number of tech companies, large and small, that are expected to continue to grow in 2017, regardless of the global political climate.
- Tesla, a leader in green technology and hybrid cars
- Facebook, which has branched out past social media and into hardware
- Google, which is now building self-driving vehicles and pushing ahead with fiber internet connections
- Amazon, which continues to lead with innovations in retail products and delivery services
- Apple, with new operating systems that use voice commands to operate
Aside from these large and popular companies, there are many other small tech firms that will continue to grow. LinkedIN, social media, craiglist, tech recruiters and job sites like Monster.com and Indeed.com are all great resources for looking for new jobs.
Step Three: Prepare Your Resume
The first step in getting hired is making sure your resume stands out from the crowd. The average job posting can attract as many as 250 resumes. It’s important to make sure yours is on the top of the pile. This article about writing a winning resume goes into more detail, but here are some quick tips:
- Spell check, including your own name.
- Use the same terms the job posting did to refer to your skill set.
- Include contact information, links to relevant work, and your LinkedIN profile
- Whenever possible, give qualitative proof of your ability to perform: revenue earned; percent of sales increased; etc.
Alternatively, if the company requires you fill out a job application, here are some tips to help you stand out.
Step Four: Nail the Interview
The most important way you can make sure you impress your future bosses during your interview is by being prepared. Come with a list of relevant questions. Make sure you’ve done your homework on the company. Arrive on time, and dress professionally.
Step Five: Get the Salary You Deserve
Once you know you’re going to get an offer, it’s important to do research to determine how much you’re worth. Next, you want to be sure you know how to professionally negotiate for the salary you desire, keeping in mind that salary can vary greatly according to region and industry.
Although many tech companies are only cautiously optimistic for 2017, there will inevitably be opportunities for people who seek them out. As technology continues on full speed ahead, the number of jobs and opportunities will continue to be available for those who seek them out.