July 8, 2017
It's time to nail the job interview for IT. ISG can help show you the way.

How to Nail a Job Interview for IT

You’ve spent hours crafting a great resume. You’ve submitted that resume to your dream workplaces. You’ve hoped and wished they’ll call you back – and now they’ve finally called! It’s time for your interview. Worried about what they’ll ask? Not sure what they’re looking for? That’s okay. These three tips will help you nail that IT job interview, so you can look forward to passing this stage and starting your new job.   Know Your Interviewer There’s a high probability someone else your dream employer has interviewed shares the same skillset you do, so before you prove that you’ve got the skills to do the job, you need to prove you’re the right person for the job. The number one, most important thing you must do at your interview is demonstrate that you know your interviewer. Show up at your interview ready to answer questions or comment on your potential employer’s: Industry What are the trends in this industry? What’s changed over time? Do you know what the future may look like? Share your opinions.   Company Who are their clients? Who are their competitors? How has your dream company positioned themselves and why does that matter? Even if you don’t get the job this time around, the interview will be a great opportunity for you to talk about your favorite company with an insider. That’s exciting.   Culture What type of worker do they value? What is the typical path to the top at this company? Show them that […]
June 25, 2017

The Top 7 Things Employers Look for in IT Contract Work

Considering a switch to contract work as an IT consultant? You’re probably curious about how you can increase your likelihood of landing great, fulfilling projects repeatedly. We’re glad you asked. At ISG, we’ve spent nearly three decades helping IT consultants deliver incredible service to satisfied clients, and we’re confident we can help you do the same. Whether you’re interested in working with us for placement or you’re looking to strike out on your own, make sure you’re prepared by knowing the seven things employers look for in on-site IT contract consulting work today. Specific Skillset As a consultant, you’re required to have job-skill expertise. There’s a lot to know in the IT world and clients usually outsource to a consultant with a precise skill set who will complete a specific, time-bound, IT-related task. Perhaps the people you’ll work with don’t share your depth of knowledge or perhaps you’re the final puzzle piece in a team of similarly skilled professionals. Either way, you must be an expert in your field. It’s best to assume that your skillset will be comprehensively tested prior to project consideration.   Industry Experience Savvy companies understand that industry experience is the key to seamless contract work. Not only does your experience lead to better client communication due to your shared terminology, it also helps your clients realize a more competitive solution because you can quickly identify their nuanced positioning – and you already understand industry politics. In addition, leading IT consultants work with multiple tools and […]
May 1, 2017
Cover Letter

Your Cover Letter: How To Stand Out Among The Masses

Your resume provides a hiring manager with your qualifications and experience, but your cover letter is what makes the first impression. When a pile of resumes comes in, many with similar qualifications, it’s important that your introduction – your cover letter – stands out among the rest. Use these tips to help grab the hiring manager’s attention with your cover letter to help land the interview.   Make it tailored. Your cover letter should be completely tailored for the position to which you’re applying. First, make sure you address the specific person at the hiring company. This may not always be easy to find, but it’s worth the extra effort to track down. Second, if you’re responding to a job posting, tailor your cover letter as closely as possible to the ad.   Be specific. Do your due diligence in researching the company and position, and address it from the start. Yes, some parts of your cover letter may stay the same from one application to the next. But, the hiring manager wants to know you’re interested in a role specifically at that company, not just a generic position in the field.   Demonstrate your benefit to the company. Your achievements and skills are important, but don’t leave it up to the hiring manager to connect the dots. Make the connection between your successes and what you can do to directly benefit the company. If this is potentially your next dream job, don’t just focus on why you want it, […]
April 20, 2017

5 Unconventional Approaches To Spice Up Your Job Search

It is becoming common knowledge that the majority of available jobs are never posted. And for the ones that are, sometimes hundreds of applications are received. With anecdotes like this, job seekers may wonder how best to find opportunities and stand out among the masses. Consider these five less-common job search tactics to help you land that role you’ve been searching for. Search companies, not jobs. We all have our pie-in-the-sky ideas of what our ideal job might look like. But if you consider why this dream job would be a great fit, chances are, it’s not just the role itself. Consider what type of job you’d like to have and the ideal culture where you’d like to work. What’s important to you in the company you choose to work for? Start there, and then consider working your way up in an organization that fits the bill. Further, because such a large portion of jobs are never posted, by taking this approach, you also have the chance of landing the job you want – not just the one that’s advertised. Market yourself. While your resume and cover letter are certainly important places to showcase your skills and experience, don’t let it end there. Nowadays, most employers utilize multiple avenues to find candidates, such as social media and online job boards. Use these as an opportunity to further market yourself, beyond just the typical resume on paper. Consider highlighting your accomplishments and professional recommendations on your social profiles or starting a […]
February 15, 2017
Virtual interviews are becoming more of an option for recruiters when distance is a factor

5 Tips To Prepare For Your Virtual Interview

Virtual, or online, interviews are becoming increasingly common, allowing employers to reach a more diverse applicant pool. As companies expand across states and countries, or embrace a virtual workforce, this enables employers to find ideal employees, while offering job seekers more opportunities beyond their geographic location. While many of the traditional interview rules still apply, keep the following tips in mind to help prepare for and ace your virtual interview.   Test Your Technology Don’t wait until the day of your interview to set up your equipment. You’ll need a computer with camera and speakers, as well as a microphone to efficiently carry out a virtual interview. Make sure these are all in working order prior to your interview by checking you have an appropriate volume, as well as an angle to display a portrait view of your head and shoulders with clear view of your face. It’s a good idea to double check your internet connectivity as well to make sure your network is fast enough to handle the live feed of your interview. While you should absolutely do everything you can to prevent any technical glitches on the day of your interview, stay calm if any do arise. Getting flustered may be more of a red flag to employers than a simple glitch – particularly for a role that requires technical expertise.   Stage Your Interview Environment When setting up your computer and other equipment, take care to set up your virtual interview environment as well. If possible, […]