Working as a technology professional offers the chance for both interesting work and a lucrative salary. The demand for talented IT professionals also remains high despite the threat of a potential recession and economic downturn.
Let’s take a closer look at starting a career in the technology field. We cover how to qualify for many open positions as well as how to succeed once hired.
Educational Requirements for Starting a Technology Career
Obviously, qualifying for any open IT position requires at least some level of technical knowledge. While some tech jobs demand a four-year degree related to the open position, this isn’t always the case. Some entry-level positions require less rigorous qualifications, including only a two-year degree or even just an IT certification. Still, a new bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline ensures qualifying for most open entry-level tech jobs.
For example, a desktop support technician role generally requires candidates to possess a two-year IT degree or certification. For this and other similar positions, make an effort to analyze the job requirements and study those topics beforehand. Tailor your résumé to emphasize your skills and any experience matching the open position. It gives you the best chance at an interview and an eventual job offer.
Gain Relevant IT Experience
Earning technology experience as a relatively new IT professional requires some creativity. If you want to become a programmer, volunteer on open-source projects and build your own apps. This approach helps you develop a portfolio attractive to IT hiring managers.
Even doing some charitable tech work for a local charity or non-profit helps build experience. Also, take advantage of any internship opportunities and potential freelance work to add depth to your résumé. This approach also exposes you to working in an actual technology office on real projects.
Tips For Thriving in Your First Technology Job
As a new IT professional, you need to give extra effort to succeed in your first position. Be sure to arrive at work a bit early and stay a little extra each day. Always keep a positive attitude with your managers and coworkers.
Spend extra time each night learning everything about the tools and technologies you use in your new job. This additional work puts you squarely on a path to lifelong success as an IT professional!
If you need help finding a technology position, contact the expert recruiters at the Atlantic Group. As one of the top staffing agencies in New York City, we know the companies looking for technology candidates. Connect with us soon!
Having no direct IT experience should not put you off firing off a resume for your dream role.
Gaining industry certifications, learning relevant skills, and finding the right components in your degree can all help.
You may be an ideal candidate for a certain IT role and if you have the right skills and experience from elsewhere that this can be applied and your resume should demonstrate that.
In this article, we will look at what to put on an IT resume, even if you have no experience.
Achieve Relevant Industry Certifications
If you fail to have a specific IT degree, or relevant experience in the industry, then that should not stop you from trying to prove that you can do the job you are applying for.
Once you appreciate that a degree may take a total of four years to complete then a few certifications can prove well worth attaining.
Take your pick, get down and study and within a few months, you will have a few IT certifications that you can detail on your resume.
If you want to specialize in a certain sector, or simply want a broader understanding of the industry you want to join, there are a range of certifications available.
For entry-level positions, the CompTIA Network is a good place to start to gain technical skills to manage various business networks.
Similarly, CompTIA Security+ can help you into a cybersecurity role. Then there is the ITIL® 4 Foundation to help you grasp the key concepts of the IT industry and provide a focus on digital service delivery.
By taking the time to learn relevant industry certifications you have already shown a willingness to learn.
Should a tech business fail to enact salary transparency then it may not realize how much harm that is doing.
From failing to entice the best prospective new hires to how they could end up breaking the law.
Disclosing salary transparency could even help a tech business decide how to organize its pay structure and go some way to achieving pay equity across society.
In this article, we will look at the appeal of salary transparency in tech hiring.
‘Competitive Pay’ May Be Putting Off The Best Applicants
A lot of tech businesses may not even realize how just one phrase in a job advertisement has already limited their pool of applicants.
According to the latest Compensation and Culture Report from bequm, 79% of job seekers listed the salary as a key factor to see included in a job description. Should a job description list the pay as ‘competitive’ then many job applicants will be put off.
That the lack of salary transparency was seen as a red flag perhaps should not be a huge surprise yet the extent to which the vast majority of those surveyed singled it out should be a real concern.
Such immediate skepticism may lead the best candidates for the job to look elsewhere, even if the salary is actually higher than that of a rival company.
If only describing a salary as ‘competitive’ is seen as such a warning sign then a job description that details the salary range could be seen as an indication of a tech business worth applying to.
Paying a new hire what they are worth is one thing yet giving them a reason to apply to a rival company due to the failure to disclose a prospective salary is quite another.
The law may even be ruling the practice out altogether.
Law Changes To Enforce Salary Transparency
Change is coming to how businesses are able to treat salary transparency and if it can happen in New York then, chances are, it can happen anywhere.
The law has been changed in New York City so that businesses are required to list their salary ranges in job opening advertisements.
Due to the New York City Human Rights Law, it will be unlawful for businesses with four or more employees to advertise for a ‘job, promotion, or transfer opportunity’, unless they list the minimum and maximum for that role’s salary.
There is also the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act which has been passed in Colorado and requires employers to list compensation in job postings.
As salary transparency is now law in New York City and Colorado, many businesses across the US have taken it upon themselves to get ahead and publish their pay structures.
For example, pay discrimination remains illegal yet the Pew Research Center has shown that white women still earn only 84% of the salaries of their male counterparts.
The Gender Wage Gap still persists and there is some evidence that the gap is larger for women of color. Pay Equity would help close the gap between women and races.
Also, with more salary transparency, you can expect a more robust pool of applicants who can see that the salary is worth applying for.
When it comes to salary transparency in tech hiring, it really does make sense. If a business is going to recruit a new hire then disclosing what they are set to earn marks the tone for how they are viewed by prospective employees.
If the job advertisement mentions the phrase ‘competitive pay’ then not only does it make the tech business seem like they have something to hide but is seen as a red flag by most job seekers.
Salary transparency should be achievable across certain industries, soon enough it may even be law.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Known As Pay Fairness?
When you consider pay fairness, you are really looking at pay equity. That notion that employees of a business should be paid exactly the same if they are deemed to be doing work that is of an equal value.
That should be seen in a business’s pay structure in that different roles are paid equally if they are deemed to perform roles of equal skill and effort.
How Does A Business Ensure Pay Equity?
Salary transparency can help a business ensure pay equity by preventing disparities with new hires.
It also helps if employee compensation is reviewed regularly and that compensation reviews are kept separate from performance reviews.