Landing a career in IT can seem like a pipe dream. Just getting the job can be difficult, but you don’t want just any IT job—you want an awesome IT job. You want the one with the amazing health benefits, the bonuses, the team vacations, and the company lunch in the corporate game room. Jobs like this exist and are in high demand, but how do you get your hands on them?

Network

Nowadays, it’s no longer a requirement to search for long hours on the internet, calling place after place asking for a job. Learn to network properly and offers will be falling in your lap. Why? The world runs on IT and just about everyone needs a good IT person. The easiest way to begin networking is to leverage your current contacts and social media. Your best friend might know a guy who knows a guy who needs a guy. Ask around. Don’t you have any friends? Sites like LinkedIn and Slack can be your best friends. When you run into an interesting person, remember you’re just networking! Create a conversation, ask questions and learn about the person. Plan in your mind how you might be able to propose an exchange, but there’s no need to ask for a job outright. Build rapport, communicate, and create a relationship – this is the way to getting referrals. Be memorable and be sure to follow up!

Degrees and Certifications

In addition to becoming a networking mastermind, continuing education is especially helpful in IT because the technologies are always moving so quickly. Depending on where you choose to go to school, their programs, and how heavy your course load is, you could potentially have both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a little over four years. Even if you opt-out of traditional higher education, there are tons of certifications in IT fields. Just a few months of studying can lead to additional qualifications on your resume and increases in salary. A couple of certifications could be just what sets you apart from the next competing job seeker in line.

Persist

IT is becoming a very competitive field. If you truly want to land that dream job, you must persist. Don’t be afraid to say no or ask for more benefits. There will always be more opportunities. IT is one job field that is not shrinking any time soon. If you’re having difficulty having the motivation to persist and get the things you want, don’t be afraid to ask for help from a life coach or trusted friend. If you’re stuck in a rut in your life, sometimes all you need is an outside perspective to help you see your potential. Achieving your dreams can sometimes take time and help from others, and that’s okay. Don’t be ashamed to keep going if you don’t succeed the first time.

Landing a killer career isn’t just an amazing feat—it’s a doable one. Don’t let your dreams be dreams. Make them a reality! With just a couple mindset shifts, new networking contacts, education, and persistence, you’re bound to land that amazing IT career you can brag to all your friends about!

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