What Employers Look For in Technology Candidates
What do employers look for in technology candidates? The truth is, there are many factors that go into this. When a hiring manager is looking at your resume or interviewing you, they are looking at your personal traits, technical skills, communication skills, resume writing abilities, and more. As a technology candidate, you need to take all of these things into consideration, so you are able to stand out from the crowd. Continue reading for tips, advice, and things to avoid when applying and interviewing for a job.
Universally, employers are looking for technology candidates that are team players. It’s very important that you demonstrate that you collaborate effectively with others and fit within a team. With collaboration comes communication skills. Communication skills are one of the biggest personal traits employers look for in technology candidates. Many people misinterpret communication skills to mean clear communication or proper language skills. What employers are looking for is the ability to communicate within their environment. All environments within a tech company are very unique, and they vary from one company to the next. Diving deeper, the teams within each company all operate differently. It’s so important to have the ability to adapt your communication skills to different teams and clients. The ability to communicate effectively and mindfully with people outside of your team or area of expertise is something employers really look for in technology candidates.
The technical skills needed for a job varies from employer to employer. However, the biggest technical skill that is in high demand is development. This includes .NET developers, Java developers, etc. Skills within cloud computing or cloud infrastructure are also in high demand and are well sought after in technology candidates.
Other technical skills that make technology candidates stand out from other applicants include project management skills, QA skills, and IT audit skills. These are all impressive skills to include on a resume or in an interview and they have the opportunity to be backed up by certifications. Becoming certified in different technical skills shows that you possess an immense amount of knowledge within that field and you are prepared to utilize those skills when needed. Overall, the technical skills employers look for depends on the employer and the job you are applying to; however, these skills listed are a great general basis of what employers look for in impressive applicants.
Advice for Technology Candidates
When it comes to showcasing your skills and abilities on your resume, you want to be concise yet tell a story. This story should speak to what your skillset is and be tailored to the position you are inquiring about. Many times, I see technology candidates with a resume that consists of the same six or seven bullet points copied and pasted under each job experience. It’s important to demonstrate that you have the technical skills necessary for the job, but it should not be exactly the same for each job. For example, let’s say you are a .NET developer and you come across a job description specifying that are looking for candidates that have experience with .NET, ability to help with UI, and is really focused on user experience. If you have these skills listed in your resume, yes, you are technically qualified for this position. If only listing these skills is the only story you are telling on you resume, then you as a technology candidate are selling yourself short. Specify the projects you led and the interactions you had involving those skills. If you are not specific with your resume story, you are blending in with the crowd of applicants.
When it comes to writing your resume, formatting is also very important. You want to pick a format that is not only easy to read, but clearly communicates your experience. It should include a summary, your technical skills, and the series of positions you have worked in. Your resume should also be consistent with what you say in an interview. Employers look for technology candidates that are knowledgeable of what they accomplished and are consistent with the skills listed in their resume. It’s important to remember that the resume you submit is your first impression to a hiring manager.
In interviews, remember that’s it’s okay if you do not know the answer to a question that is asked of you. Hiring managers want to get a feel for your skillset, and sometimes they ask questions that are not in your area of expertise. If you have not worked with something or don’t have a background in utilizing a specific skill, it’s important to be honest and say, “I have not worked with that as one of my primary skillsets, but what I have accomplished with that is *insert project and project details here*. If you are unsure about a question or a statement, don’t be afraid to ask clarifying questions. Overall, be honest, be clear, and make a good first impression.
Employers look for a variety of skills and attributes in technology candidates. It’s important that you apply your traits, skills, and experiences and specifically to the position you are applying for. Good luck and feel free to reach out if you have any interview or resume questions.
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