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How to bag that dream job

Posted: 2015-06-11
The IT job market of Britain is on a high: it is growing, developing and flourishing-- which means that there are lots of dream jobs out there, but also a fair bit of competition, to put it mildly. Which is why you need to polish your interviewing skills before making an appearance at that make or break interview with a coveted organisation where you want your role to be more than a cameo. Conversely, technology vacancies have climbed by close to 50 per cent in the last couple of years, which translates to the fact that there are plenty of decent roles going around - the sweet spot you want your sector to be in. A report by City A.M. states even better news: apparently, with the creation of 20,000 jobs this year, startups are currently advertising 12,000 positions, which equates to a 40 per cent growth in the last six months and a 80 per cent on last year, with 51 per cent of the opportunities in the capital, London.
Having said that, what is interesting is that although the tech sector is growing, there are certain roles that are always tough to fill - it could be because of a skills shortage - and these roles are sometimes the most powerful ones in this Age of Information.
For candidates, it can be a confusing process. After all, we are in the middle of a tech revolution. This is why we have come up with a short guide for you: 

No degree necessary

IT is one of those professions which requires a knack rather than a degree. Those who are born with it can pick up and grow in quantum leaps. If you are good, nobody cares about a degree, much like journalism. Get as much experience as you can, start early. You can always do a course later if you want to. Most don't need to if they haven't already. An IT course often functions as an introduction to the field, a primer, not something essential for landing a job although it might give you a better salary to start off with unless you have substantial experience of course. If you need more convincing, look at the big tech stars in the world - many of them are college dropouts.

Being on the ball

Most importantly, keep yourself updated. New things are happening every day. Unless you want to get into a managerial role (which may not be as fun or challenging for you) or open your own company and get busy with the financial aspect of things, get with every new trend in town.

Softly does it

What matters rather than qualifications is the aptitude and experience - that much has been established. Another skillset that you should be looking to sharpen pertain to your soft skills. Make sure that you have done your homework, that you are well groomed (a mohawk isn't really the best idea; nor are joggers). Ensure that you come across as a team player, as someone who is ready to learn and who is ambitious at the same time. It is also becoming more and more common that programmers are no longer relegated to their desks but interacting with clients, customers or colleagues. Hence, if you come across as an optimistic social person who is a good communicator, we'd say that you chances are pretty high. These kind of skills ensure a dynamic work environment ripe for progress and solutions. So spend as much time deliberating answers to non-tech-related queries which gives the interviewer a window to how you would operate in non-theoretical settings -- which is as important as your tech knowhow. Most job hunters tend to focus on technicalities and don't acknowledge these soft skills as important - but the times are changing.

Honesty is the best policy

In an IT interview, there will always be that technical test part of it which is not advisable to faff through as you can find yourself in deep waters at a later point. Instead, be honest about your lack of knowledge and try to draw the interviewer's attention to your knowledge in commercial awareness or anything that you can tout as a strong point of yours. 

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