Yep, it’s a great industry and it’s not too late for you to join it.

The IT industry in New Zealand is still booming and in need of loads of new talent now and in the future.

Skills IT Employers Are Looking For

The number of jobs in the digital/IT field is expected to grow by up to 50% in the next 10 years so it just might be time to ‘get your geek’ on if you’re looking for a career change.

Tech is no longer the domain of the traditional ‘coder’. These days there are plenty of creative jobs in tech companies, and employers are looking for strong communicators, innovative thinkers and team players.

How do you get a job in IT?

There are pathways such as short, intensive IT courses or on-the-job training. Or you could have a relevant tertiary qualification such as a diploma or degree in information technology, computer science or software engineering.

What are IT employers looking for?

To get your dream job in IT you need to start with a great CV or resume. A CV is your advertisement and its purpose is to get you an interview, so it needs to show what you can do and why you're a good fit for an employer.

Here are four key factors employers consider when they look at a job application for an IT professional:

1. A strong cover letter

The cover letter needs to address why your skills fit the job you're applying for. It’s your elevator pitch and chance to highlight what skills you have that fits the experience and attributes you talk about in your CV. It’s your chance to say here I am, consider me!

2. Demonstrate you are passionate

Prove and detail your passion and experience in IT. If you’re really passionate about it, you’ll be likely to be exploring topics outside your work-life. You could cover what you’re working on in your own time like code, apps or projects.

3. Keep it short

Keep your CV short and highlight the main things about you that gives you the opportunity to stand out from others in relation to the job you’re applying for.

4. Be professional

Use appropriate language, spell check your CV and have a nice email address to have any correspondence sent to.

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