Tips on How to Land an Entry-Level Position in IT
With the rise of remote work still in full effect and many looking to other industries for flexible work, switching to IT has allowed many to not only break into tech but also begin a new career in an in-demand industry. Gaining the knowledge to ace your following interview can take time, effort, and lots of practice, but with the help of some of our tips, we are confident you will land your future entry-level position:
Know the Jobs You Can Fill
Researching and understanding the current job market, who is hiring, and what position you should apply for are all extremely important. Here are some standard entry-level IT position titles that you could potentially see on your job search:
- Network Technician
- Help Desk Analyst
- IT Security Specialist
- Technical Support Specialist
- Security Analyst
- Computer Support Specialist
While these positions are widespread, we recommend you still read the complete job description to see if the information aligns with your previous work experience.
Get the Experience
The IT industry is widely known as an experience-based field. That is not to say people with zero experience are not qualified to get the job done; many are, but getting industry-recognized certifications with hands-on experience catapults you ahead of applicants with none. Attaining certification sends the message to your future employer that you are a self-starter and will ultimately become a tremendous asset to their organization — one that is ready for hiring and frequent promotion.
Translate Your Transferrable Soft Skills
Technical skills are imperative and essential to IT roles but often overshadow the true stars of the show – your transferrable and soft skills. Transferable skills could also be the collective abilities you have gained from school, internships, hobbies, volunteering, and employment. The data backing overlapping skills have helped many transition into new jobs and career pathways (like IT!). Now more than ever, being able to showcase your soft skills has become especially important.
Build Your Brand
Learning how to build your resume, write a cover letter, and build out an optimized LinkedIn profile are just a few things you can do to stand out in your job search and, more importantly, build out how you are perceived by hiring managers and recruiters. Putting your best foot forward during your job search starts with a strong foundation. Need help starting? Check out our Career Readiness workshop Leveraging LinkedIn to get started.
You’ve Applied Yourself, Now Apply to the Job You Want
Now that you have all the information needed for your career path, the experience on your resume, and the professional connections, it is time to apply. Here are some tips on the interview process and how to Follow Through After the Interview. Tailor your resume and cover letter for specific jobs, and keep applying. Good luck!