The first half of this decade has seen the Indian IT sector in a continuous hiring spree, hiring more engineers than any other industry. IT has generated total revenue of $48 billion in 2015 alone according to NASSCOM. Recently, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated the ‘Digital India’ project in order to ensure a secured position for the IT industry in and outside India. No wonder a larger chunk of 1.5 million engineers, graduating in India each year, are aiming for the IT sector.
Unlike two years ago, Hiring fresh IT graduates straight out of college is a declining trend. Sagar Rastogi, the analyst at Ambit Capital says,
Going forward, the pyramid will become much steeper. If you had one person managing 10 servers, technology makes it possible for him to handle 50 or 100 servers. He is more productive and you won’t need that many people.
While automation is making a lot of positions redundant, companies are looking for employees with niche skills. For example Capgemini is planning to add 14,000 employees by the end of 2016 but will be focusing more on experienced workers than fresh graduates.
About 30-40% of the hiring will still come from campuses but the rest will be lateral hires~Aruna Jayanthi the CEO of Capgemini in an article by The Economic Times.
However, last year Capgemini recruited a little over 50% employees out of the college campuses.
Getting an IT job is not easy but definitely not impossible. So if you want to be a part of this sector, here are few heads up for you for your job hunt.
#1. Keep your LinkedIn profile up-to-date, ALWAYS
Not yet updated your LinkedIn profile? It is high time you do. LinkedIn is the most preferred headhunting tool among 70% of the employers around the globe. Ignoring it means barring opportunities from reaching you.
Make sure you have your profile updated with your skill set and work experience (if you have any) in a suitable manner. A sensible use of relevant keywords in your profile and your resume (which you should upload on LinkedIn) can help the employers find you.
When you apply for a job online or appear for a walk in interview, it is likely for the recruiters to go through your LinkedIn profile. Out dated information or obscured skill set can put your chances off. It is time you become professional in decorating your online presence.
See 5 Proven tips to an awesome LinkedIn profile for more help.
#2. Internet is buzzing with Job searching portals
The job portals and job boards are easily accessible resources for finding and applying for jobs. While some are free, some require money to yield results. It is very important that you do some additional research on the company you are applying to via these job boards. Some websites like CareerBuilder and SimplyHired gives you a sneak peak on various reviews about company you are viewing.
At CareerBuilder you can view the number and average qualification and experience of your peers. Indeed has the highest number of regular openings and lets you know about any new openings that arrive. You can also use popular platforms like monster and Naukri.
HR CUBE can come handy in finding you jobs in accordance with your skill set and interests.
You have to be conscious about using the proper keywords while searching for a job. It is easy to get lost in the midst of thousands of openings that are actually not for you. Locate the specific area of your interest and narrow down the scope of your search.
#3. Your resume will speak for you
Whichever industry it is, you will land nowhere without a great resume. Here are few simple tips to make your resume look great instantly:
- It should be devoid of any information that does not have any relevance to the position you are applying for. For example, you do not want to bug the recruiter with all the certificates from your music school while applying for the post of a UX designer.
- Do not flush the resume with keywords. While keywords are important, they cannot be used randomly. The modern ATS (applicant tracking system) is able to look for the context behind each key word. For example if you use the keyword ‘PHP’ the ATS is smart enough to find out whether you learnt PHP 4 years ago or have been working with PHP for 4 years. Contextualize your keywords or your resume may never find its way to the recruiter’s desk.
- Make sure that your skill set, experience and qualification are visible at a short glance. Your resume should be clean, devoid of decorations and grammatical mistakes.
- Most importantly your resume should be custom made targeting a particular company, carrying signs that you are really interested and capable of solving some problems for them.
Know more about writing a successful resume.
#4. Start building a professional network
Only 15% of all positions are filled through job boards and most of the rest with networking and recommendations. Building a strong network of people is the most important thing you can do during your job hunting days. Use the social networking sites to their fullest potential. An opportunity might be waiting for you just a question away; ask it. Use facebook to get yourself into the network of people who are working in the industry of your interest. Join forums and participate in job fairs. Meet new people and build relationships. You never know which way an opportunity come from; keep no stone unturned.
LinkedIn can be a great tool for networking; you can connect and interact with people of importance in the companies you want to work for. Spend some time everyday to find out and connect to people that may get you hired; hiring managers, recruiters, anyone relevant.
Do not keep asking your contacts for a job instead engage in conversations, let them know you have skills and you are looking for a role, keep patience.
#5. Make your online presence felt
Ridding your online entity off any pollutants should be a part of your job search efforts because not doing so may kill the effort altogether. See how to make sure, your presence on the social network works for your cause. It is hardly a secret that employers often go through a candidate’s social media profiles to check authenticity of information and to assess if he or she would be fit for the company’s culture. A lot of job seekers lose their candidature for having controversial online presence.
- Keep track of all the grammar glitches that may be there and rectify them.
- See how you appear on Google, edit your appearance if you think it may hurt your candidature.
- Make sure you have tagging and writing on your wall disabled on facebook.
- Remove posts and pictures that may represent you in a wrong way.
Be prepared for the interview
One sentence should suffice: Preparation will see you through. Know the company, their culture, their people, strengths, problems and obviously their product or services. Be prepared to explain how your presence can help the company. Do not let nervousness get the better of you.(I’m sure you won’t). Get some help out of it: 3 Types of Interview that You Should be Aware of
A Times of India article claimed that 80% engineers graduating from Indian colleges lack the skills required to be employed. Keep yourself out of that lot. Keep an eye on the industry trends and make sure you earn proficiency in the language or the skill set that you see yourself flaunting in the future for a job. Despite the decline and disruptions the IT industry is still creating most jobs in India. Keep your network strong, skills polished and job search organized; you cannot be far from the job you are looking for.