You don’t need to be a hotshot coder to get a job in the IT and digital sector, which according to the latest Tech Nation report is growing twice as fast as the rest of the economy. There are a huge number of opportunities available in this exciting, fast-moving industry. It’s all about knowing where to look, and how to make yourself an attractive prospect for recruiters.
Here are a few of the things you can do to get a foot in the digital door:
Compile a Portfolio of Work
With stiff competition for the best jobs, you need to work hard to stand out from the crowd. Certainly, when applying for entry-level digital jobs, having a portfolio ready instantly marks you out as a professional. It can also make up for limited work experience in particular areas. If you can demonstrate through your portfolio that you have the talent and the potential to perform well in the role, a hiring manager may be able to overlook a lack of formal qualifications or experience.
Get Involved in the Local Tech Community
Digital and tech communities in ‘hub’ cities such as Manchester or Newcastle tend to be quite close-knit, so if you want to work in the industry in a particular area – you need to start getting involved. Attend networking events, join forums and join in discussions online. You can even start blogging if you have a particular interest or area of expertise. The more you can immerse yourself in the industry, the more up-to-date, passionate and informed you will be.
Strengthen Your Online Presence
If you want a job in digital, you need to make sure your online presence is up to scratch. Work on your website, get involved in online communities and create a profile everywhere that recruiters and influencers are looking. Importantly, make sure these profiles accurately reflect your talents, skills and demonstrate that you’re actively involved in the industry.
Learn New Skills
Even if it isn’t part of the role you’re searching for, a grounding in other desirable IT and digital skills can be very helpful. For example, you can make the effort to learn more about programming, basic coding, prototyping or agile working practices – a working knowledge in some or all of these areas can really help you at interview, when networking and in your new role.
Find a Specialist Recruiter
An IT and digital specialist is the vital link between job hunters and organisations with roles to fill. If you’re seeking a new challenge, a recruiter can assess your skills, offer expert advice and crucially – get you first dibs on the role of your dreams. Recruiters also have access to key contacts in the industry that you simply wouldn’t have access to yourself.