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Looking For The Right Career Track For You

May 21, 2008
These days there is a wide variety and selection of employment positions, all with promising career progressions ahead of them. Each of these positions has become difficult to apply for and tend to be very selective on their candidate choices. Some of the more competitive career paths lie within the technology recruitment sector, can be a very difficult job to obtain, and may require plenty of unpaid work experience.

Those looking to get into technology recruitment will need to begin by doing their research into this industry. Many people begin their research online and use the internet to find the jobs that they want. Some prefer to approach employers directly but posting through their CVs and covering letters. Others are more comfortable with applying for graduate traineeships or internships; these are usually unpaid and so you would need to be prepared financially before you apply.

Research various roles you could potentially apply for within this sector, as this will give you an insight of what jobs are available and what job roles are in high demand. Be aware that if you are going to apply for a competitive role, it may be a good idea to find unpaid work in this role.

The easier option is to approach a technology recruitment agency, which will guide and direct you into a field specific to your skills. The only criteria is that you provide demonstrative evidence of your skills, whether it is in computing, IT, E-commerce, new media or engineering. Consultants of this level can only help to promote your CV and skills based on your previous experiences and knowledge. Having specialist skills will put you above other candidates and put you into more focussed roles.

Before approaching, an agency or applying for a role that you may be interested in it is a good idea to have a look over your own CV and make adjustments yourself. Any experiences that has relevancy to the role you are applying for, or may have some connection to the company will increase your chances of having the employer taking an interest. Note that they will ask you questions about your skills, so be prepared to speak in depth about this.

Never ever put in information that you may have had vague experiences in, otherwise this will reflect negatively on you during the interview day. The technology recruitment sector is fierce and many companies require you to demonstrate your skills on the interview day, or some will even test you on your skills using a PC. You should specifically ask about the interview process prior to the interview itself, so you can allow yourself the time to prepare.

In addition, before the interview date find out information about the company and the role you are applying for, as this will show that you have a genuine interest in the company. You can also try to connect any related experiences with the job role, even if you have never worked in this role before. It is better to over prepare rather than walk in without sufficient knowledge of the employers.
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Anna Stenning is an expert on technology recruitment having worked within this industry in the past.
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