Do you have limited time to look for a new IT job? Here's how you can ensure you're applying for roles that are worth the effort.
No matter how much you want a new IT job, you probably don't have endless hours to devote to the search. This is especially true if you're looking while still employed somewhere else - you're forced to balance your time between looking for a new role and maintaining your old one. Understandably, you don't want to waste energy on a role that's not going to be worth the effort. So how can you discern whether an available IT job opportunity warrants the work and time you'll have to put into applying for it?
1. You're curious or excited by it
If the prospect of a particular position is a positive one, it's probably worth giving it a go. Perhaps you are interested in finding out more about the role, or you catch yourself imagining what it would be like to work in it. Either way, there's no point in putting time into a role you're not remotely attracted to just because it's there. Not only is this likely to show in your application, but you're not going to perform at your best or stay long even if you get it. If you can afford to take your time, it may be a good idea to wait for a position to come up that you're actually passionate about.
2. You have the skills and experience
Take at look at the criteria for the job. Do you have many of the skills and experienced that the ad is asking for? If it's completely beyond your experience, this many not be the role for you. That's not to say, however, that you should never apply for position you aren't qualified for - sometimes it's worth stepping out beyond your comfort zone. According to Forbes, it might just be the leap that you need to move up the IT career ladder, so focus on closing the gaps in your skill set and demonstrating your potential to the hiring manager.
3. Your recruiter recommended it
Working with a recruiter is the best way to get the most out of the time you spend looking for a job. With their extensive network of connections and knowledge of the industry, an IT recruiter will be able to suggest appropriate roles and save you from wasting your valuable time on vacancies that are unsuitable for you. Whether you are looking for software developer jobs or an IT contract role, they can help you find the best opportunity.
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