Yes the IT market is “on fire” at the moment and it’s very much a candidate’s market - which is great!
However - that doesn’t mean that you can drop the ball on how you interact with your recruiters and hiring managers.
If you conduct yourself with honour, integrity, professionalism and always strive to go that “extra mile” you will build a CAREER rather than just secure your next role.
So what do recruiters and hiring managers really look for in their search for their next hire?
Yes of course skills and experience are very important but sometimes “who” you are can trump a competitor that may be a little more qualified “on paper”..
Common traits displayed by the exceptional:
You are always prepared and on-time (if not early)
You listen more than they speak - and when you speak you articulate your story with pinpoint accuracy
You ask loads of intelligent questions
You emanate enthusiasm
You exude confidence, self-awareness and humility
You are open minded
You are positive, patient and easy going - never abrasive
You usually have a strong idea of where and what they want to be
You take training and self-development very seriously and are always looking for ways to develop further
You don't tend to move from job to job every 6 months but have very compelling reasons for it if they did
They have sound drivers for wanting to explore new career options
If asked to provide further information you do so extensively and promptly
You are always accountable for your actions and undertake self-analysis and self-critique every step of the way..
There you have it - like everything - it's all in the nuance..