Brush Up Those People Skills
Tips to Land Your Next Telecom Job
Jan. 14, 2010 (Vol. 31, No. 1)
The IT and telecom job market has shown signs of recovery for the past four months.
That’s according to Dave Willmer, who spent 11 years placing candidates and now oversees those operations as executive director at Menlo Park, Calif.-based IT staffing firm Robert Half Technology.
Companies cut deep into payrolls in reaction to the recession and in many cases don’t have the resources to fill all of the positions they need. So your resume should play up how you’ve saved previous employers money, or produced revenue or efficiencies.
Highlight Communication Abilities
Your certifications and hands-on experience will determine whether your resume makes the first cut with recruiters.
But it’s your business skills that will catapult you to a higher level of consideration, says Jennifer Perrier-Knox, senior research analyst who specializes in IT human resources management and strategic planning at London, Ontario-based Info-Tech Research Group.
Draw attention to your analytical, business-case building, project management, supervisory and communication strengths. Demonstrate that you can interface with the rest of the organization, she advises.
Keep copies of the reports and newsletters you circulate with key stakeholders and reference them in your resume. You could even compile these write-ups as a communications portfolio to accompany your resume, Perrier-Knox recommends.
Non-technical skills have a longer shelf life and are more easily transferable than training related to a specific platform or communications systems brand, which means it’s a good investment of your time to beef up your people and business skills, she adds.
It’s All About the Network (the Social One)
Leverage social networking tools like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to connect with those who could lead you to your next job, Willmer recommends.
But be careful not to be overbearing. Always contribute something to the relationship first; send useful articles or information related to your contacts’ companies or industry segments.
Let members of your network know you’re looking for a job, and ask for guidance on how to apply or what skills are required to work in a specific vertical, Willmer says. (