Weekend Accelerator – September 29, 2013

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Benefits of Working an Internship

Benefits of Working an Internship

Whether you are a recent grad or just looking to change your career, there are many benefits of undergoing an internship. Finding a job can be hard work in itself and having experience in the desired field in which you want to work will increase your chances of landing that first job.

Gain Contacts

By working an internship, you will be exposed to people within your desired industry that you may not have ever had the chance to meet. After your internship is over, maintaining contact with these people may help you get hired in the future. Networking is a great way to hear of job opportunities that are not yet posted and to score interviews with companies you may not have been able to speak with on your own. It is also important to keep in contact with the people you meet during your internship so you can use them as references. Having a reference in the desired field you are applying to will look great on a resume.

Gain Experience

Completing an internship before choosing a job is beneficial because it will allow you to gain valuable job experience and to verify that the job you are interested in is the job for you. Many interns do much more than just file paperwork for companies, they are integrated into the company’s atmosphere and taught valuable skills needed to succeed. When applying for a job, potential employers will notice that you already have a desirable skill, thus they would have to spend less time training you. Your experience becomes a financial benefit for that company and you become more valuable as a candidate.

Gain Confidence

Starting a new job or going into a new career is a scary concept for most. By working an internship, you will gain experience in that specific work area and that will result in increased confidence. Also, since you will have more skills to list on a resume, you will feel more comfortable about applying to jobs that are higher level positions. Having internship experience is a benefit during a job interview because when a question is asked about a certain skill or concept, you will be able to answer with concrete examples. This will show the interviewer that you understand how the industry works.

Gain a Job

Many companies use internships as a type of “trial run” for future employees. When working an internship, treat it like it were the actual job and focus on doing your best. If you work hard and show a genuine desire to stay with the company, the chances are that the employer will notice. If they are not able to provide you a job in that exact area, many times they will know someone in the same industry who is hiring and refer you to them. Internships are useful for gaining experience but they are also a great way to find long–lasting employment.

 

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Weekend Accelerator – September 22, 2013

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Increasing Need for IT Professionals

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Although the majority of the work force has recently experienced a recession, the IT industry continues to expand and the need for IT professionals continues to rise.  All companies, both large and small, need some level of IT professional to maintain their technology.

The increase in demand for IT professionals is not solely based on the economy though. Technology is constantly evolving and the need for individuals to change along with it is essential.  Individuals who continue to gain experience, certifications and skills become more valuable to the industry.

IT professionals are needed in small companies and large corporations. An IT professional working for a small company may be able to move up the hierarchy of the company faster versus working for a larger organization. Some IT employees enjoy working for larger companies because they thrive within a team; smaller companies provide more individual feedback opportunities.

Over the past few years, there has been a dramatic increase in outsourcing when it comes to IT positions. Many employers are not only looking locally to find talent, but they are also expanding their search globally. Outsourcing can seem like a negative thing, especially for new IT graduates, but technology is growing at such a fast pace that outsourcing does not seem to be affecting local opportunities. There are currently more IT positions available than there are people to fill those positions. This is great news for anyone looking to start their IT career because the increase in need means job security.

The national trend towards IT growth is not temporary. According to calculations from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, IT positions will continue to be in demand for at least the next decade. The statistics are encouraging for IT professionals because they include the current outsourcing trend, yet still show steady increase in employment opportunities.

The IT skills that are most sought after are data communications analysts, computer software engineers, and systems administrators. Many employers are searching for “hybrid” employees, people who have the IT knowledge but are also skilled in areas like business or marketing. Having the IT knowledge is necessary but employees who know how to see the bigger picture and overall goal of the company are able to progress further in their career. Since the market is ever evolving, so need to be the skills of the IT professionals working within that market. Knowing and understanding trend specifics like how to make mobile apps, cloud, or web design, will be beneficial since there is much room for employment growth. Social networking and social business is still emerging daily and the developers who are willing to expand their skill set to cover these areas will have a successful career.

As a global leader in IT talent acquisition, IT Accel helps talented IT professionals partner with companies who are seeking someone with specific IT skills. We have offices located across the company and are dedicated to matching the most talented IT candidates with potential employers.

Weekend Accelerator – September 14, 2013

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Weekend Accelerator – September 8, 2013

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The Dos and Don’ts of Searching for a Job While Employed

Many people who wish to change jobs will start their job search while they are still working their current job. This is a great idea because it can minimize the lapse in pay between employments. If you do decide to job search while employed, there are certain things you should and should not do. See our list below for our list of Do’s and Don’ts of job searching while employed.

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-Do update your LinkedIn profile. In today’s world, many prospective employers will view your LinkedIn account as an online resume. Make sure your account is not only up to date, but also fully completed. Be sure to include a professional photo of yourself — this is the first thing people will see when searching for you.

-Don’t post your interest in finding a new job on your social media accounts. The great thing about social media is that it is easily accessible; but this can be considered a downfall as well. If your current employer or coworkers saw your posts about looking for a new job, it could result in an uncomfortable situation at work.

-Don’t post your resume on job boards. Many employers will check job boards often, and having your resume uploaded could be a red flag that you are interested in leaving your current position.

-Do search for a new job on your own time. You do not want to jeopardize your current income by searching for a new job while on the clock. Not only is this not ethical, it will distract you from working to your full potential while at work.

-Don’t use current coworkers or supervisors as references on your resume. You do not necessarily want your current job to know that you are looking for a new one. Having your coworkers listed as references could cause an uncomfortable situation at work.

-Don’t wear your interview clothes to your current employment. If you work in a business casual environment but start showing up in interview attire, you are going to raise suspicion within the office.

-Do be honest during your interviews. Go ahead and tell the potential employer that you would like to keep your job search a secret from your current employer.

-Do schedule your interviews and job searching on your own time. Don’t let the idea of a new job affect your productivity level at your current one.

-Don’t lie if asked directly. If your currently employer asks you if you are on the job hunt, it is important that you remain honest. Not only will this prevent you from burning bridges and potential connections in the future, it will also make giving your notice easier when the time comes.

-Do network with trusted friends. If you have a friend who works in the industry that you are hoping to transition into, it is okay to talk with them about any advice they may have. Only open up to trusted friends, but dig deep and network.

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