With graduation time just around the corner, you will be contemplating the beginnings of your future career. If you have been studying IT or media, then careers in the communications sector will be beckoning. But the field is enormous, so it is well worthwhile taking a little time to plan your desired career path. A chat with professional consultants, like those at the Randstad IT recruitment agency, should also be included as part of the exercise.
First things first
You will no doubt have a dream about where you want to be several years hence, but remember you are only about to take the first step. You need to be completely honest with yourself about your strengths and abilities; don’t sell yourself short but recognise that at this stage in your career you do have limitations. Aiming too high in the beginning usually results in rejection, disappointment and frustration.
Given that your plan for the future has a specific target, you must align your first job to give you the best chance of achieving that target. You should also have identified the next steps you need to take so that you do not get off-track.
The role of your recruitment consultant
With your goals set and your abilities honestly assessed, the next step is to establish a good relationship with a specialist IT recruitment consultant. An expert in the field, your consultant will tell you how to prepare your CV so that it shows you in the best possible light and is tailored appropriately for a given job.
The consultant will be able to advise you on all facets of recruitment and your career plan and will be able to offer detailed information not only about employers and current vacancies but also about current trends in the IT industry that will help you refine your goals. The consultant will also be able to exploit his extensive industry contacts to help promote your profile.
Good preparation is the key
Bear in mind that you are just one of thousands in the job market looking for that perfect beginning to a career in the telecommunications sector. To achieve success, you need to stand out from the crowd. This means that you must keep your CV fresh and fully up-to-date and avoid using a standardized formula. Your recruitment consultant will help you here.
Also, before attending that first interview with the prospective employer, make sure that you have researched the company and the role for which you are applying. This shows interest and commitment.
Remember that you are not alone. Your recruitment consultant is ready to bring all his experience to bear to help you. And, once you have got your first IT job, try to maintain periodic contact with your consultant as you may need his services again as you proceed along your career path.
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