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Information Technology & Computing: Tips for Applications

This guide covers working in computing and IT, including digital, consulting, technical support and development

Information Technology & Computing

Tips for Applying

How to get work in this sector

General Skills

These personality traits and skills have been associated with IT workers

  • Awareness of, and ability to adapt to change
  • Ability to cope with a high work load and competing demands
  • An analytical mind and the ability to stick to decisions are important for evaluating and implementing new ideas
  • Good customer service skills
  • Attention to detail
  • IT workers are often given a high level of personal freedom in how they complete tasks
  • Assertiveness can be of great importance in pushing for solutions to problems
  • A strong work ethic is important due to the need to continually train and meet deadlines

(Lounsbury, et al., 2009)

IT Specific Skills

IT is a fast moving profession, and staying up to date on the most important skills is very important

IT Specific skills are things like Java, jQuery, Python, etc.

Applications

Most companies will require you to apply through either CVs and cover letters, or application forms

These links can give you an idea how to do these

Events and one-to-one advice are available at the Careers and Employability Centre

Interviews and Selection Tests

Networking

This is a sector where knowing the right people can be very important, and with many smaller companies applying speculatively can be the best way to get in

Important things to remember are

  1. Do your research: contact the right people, find out what the company does
  2. Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook can be a good way to find and keep in touch with people who are useful to know
  3. Make sure you contact people afterwards to follow up on your networking or applications

Developing skills

Portfolios

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