by Aparna Sreeraman on June 26, 2012

The world is getting smaller and more interconnected, as businesses are investing heavily in technologies like cloud computing, mobile security and mobile apps. However, the pool of available talent skilled in these emerging technologies is growing smaller and smaller as well.

As Recruiting Director for Modis in San Francisco, I’ve seen first hand how difficult it can be for companies to find professionals with the skills they need. Yet, many job seekers are not taking advantage of this competitive hiring environment.

Whether or not you are actively looking for a new position, I encourage you to make yourself – and your experience – known and easy to find. After all, you never know if a recruiter like me is looking for you, and you never know what great opportunities are out there.

Based on my personal experience connecting thousands of IT candidates to clients of all sizes and across all industries, here are some suggestions for making yourself easy to find, and making it easier to find a great job.

  • Be buzzworthy on social media: I’m always searching social media sites like LinkedIn and BranchOut for top candidates with the latest skills, so make sure your profile is complete and current. There are some keywords you can use to attract employers and recruiters. For example, every time I see a resume or profile with terms like “open source,” “cloud computing” or “mobile apps” it just captures my attention right there. Even if I don’t have a job available, I will call you because I know there are hundreds of clients looking for someone with those skills.
  • Utilize social networks to network:  Updating your profile is a great start, but if you want to make yourself stand out, it’s important to participate in discussion groups and industry forums. Doing so will establish your credibility, build your personal brand and position you as a go-to resource for knowledge and expertise on these emerging technologies. You’ll also be able to find out about live meet-up events where you can build your professional network and get introduced to potential references and employers.
  • Start a blog:  Companies love candidates who have written blogs, as it conveys a sense of passion and knowledge of the subject matter. But don’t just write about what you do, show potential employers by incorporating live portfolios, whitepapers and other items that demonstrate your experience and expertise.
  • Highlight your education and your experience:  For entry-level candidates and professionals looking to change fields, simply mentioning a degree in computer science on a resume or on social media profiles can be enough to start a conversation – and start a career. That’s because the need for qualified personnel is not limited to management or leadership levels; companies are willing to train and even relocate professionals who are sharp, smart and dynamic. Make sure to mention any internships, projects or coursework that may pique the interest of potential employers.
  • Leverage the professionals at Modis:  My job – and the mission of everyone at Modis – is to help you find your next great job. We know of opportunities before they become available on job boards, and we can help you build your personal brand in order to take advantage of every opportunity that becomes available. That’s why we take the time to understand your skills, your background and your career aspirations.

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