How To Apply For Junior Level Positions - For College Students
Published on November 14th 2016, 12:42 PM< Back
This article is intended to help college students, who are a few semesters away from graduation, position themselves and transition, successfully, to employees in the competitive Information Technology industry. This article is inspired by the cries of many Computer Science graduates who fail to find work in the I.T. field and complain about the unrealistic experience requirement of employers. Here are some of the points to consider:
1. Understand the Employer
To begin with, make yourself understand that employers want to hire you for their junior level positions but they also want good value for the money that they will be paying you.. If you truly understand their plight, your next question should be "how can I convince the employers that I will give them good productivity for the money that they will pey me?"
The answer is in your own resume: when you apply for junior level positions and you do not meet the experience requirement, your resume must clearly list all the projects that you have done. You must list projects that are relevant to the job requirement first.
2. Show Competitiveness
Experience requirements are actually not strict rules for junior level positions in most companies. Even if you don't have the required years of experience, you can significantly improve your chances of getting the job by telling your prospective employer about the projects you have done and listing, clearly, the tools you used in accomplishing the tasks while doing the projects. What you are trying to do here is to help the employer substitute the experience requirement with your past projects. If they see what they like in your project, they will overlook the experience requirement and give you consideration. For most junior level positions, employers just want to make sure that you are not a complete novice.
3. No Experience and No Project
If you have no experience and no projects done, I'll be honest with you; your Computer Science degree will not help you get a job in this industry. Even if it is a masters degree, it can't help you in this industry. Typically, employers care that you have a degree only after they have decided to employ you but definitely not before that decision. Luckily, there are many projects on the internet where you can volunteer and get your hands dirty with some of the industry's tools and applications. If you are having troubles finding good projects to work on, send an email to email@example.com and we will point you in the right direction.
4. Use a Mentor
Using a mentor to guide you in applying for jobs sounds ridiculous but it is actually an incredibly lucrative approach. It can significantly improve your chances if you find a mentor in the area of your specialization. From checking your resume for completeness to determining the appropriate asking salary, your mentor will know the industry trends and he/she will be able to guide you apppropriately.