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10 IT Job Search Habits To Nail A New Gig

Job searching is about more than finding the magic keywords. Research shows that developing the right habits goes a long way toward achieving a successful job search.
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(Image: Julie Walraven via Flickr)

It's a good time to be an IT professional. IT salaries, especially for those switching to new jobs, are on the rise. The unemployment rate in IT is so low (2.3% by some estimates, depending on what counts as IT) that, unlike some job sectors, IT pros probably aren't competing with people re-entering the job market in the wake of the last recession.

Still, looking for a job is not easy. The process is long and complicated. We're here to give you some habits that will make it as painless as possible.

We're not talking about new apps for the job search (we've got those here) or tips on organizing your resume. We're talking about ways to change your mindset and essentially the lifestyle behind finding a new job.

[ First impressions are everything. Read How To Mess Up Your First Days On The Job. ]

Many of us, especially if we're unemployed, are driven by guilt to spend every second of every day looking for a new job. You feel bad about spending a little time playing a computer game or seeing a friend. But what you're really doing is spinning your wheels. Basically, you're creating busy work for yourself in the name of trying hard and "covering your bases."

In the process you lose touch with the things that make you interesting and worthwhile to a potential hiring company. You become less healthy, more desperate, and less hirable.

There's a better way, according to a study on successful job seekers conducted by DeVry University on behalf of the Career Advisory Board. In March, DeVry polled 589 US professionals who had accepted a new job in the last year and who received an interview for that role within six months of being recruited or starting a new job search. The online survey covered job seekers in multiple industries and followed the habits of both "passive job seekers" (people with a job who were recruited to leave their current job) and active job seekers who recently had a successful job search.

You can see that most of the successful candidates followed many of the same habits and patterns. We combined that learning with tips from other career coaches and recruiters to give you 10 basic habits for finding a better job. Check them out and tell us if you've recently used any of these to get a job. If you are looking for a job, which of these habits most appeal most to you? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio

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Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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8/8/2015 | 9:34:47 PM
Re: Network, Network, Network even it if it hurts ........
Back to few years ago, I am reluctant to ask help when hunting a job. But now I would say in addition to solid personal skill/competence, networking plays a significant role in job hunting. It would make life easier if you get recommendation from someone, who is in the circle of your interested company/area.
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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8/4/2015 | 5:50:04 PM
Re: Network, Network, Network even it if it hurts ........
I think such an article could help a few people! I'm the same way; if someone asks me for help I'm willing to give it, but if it comes time for me to ask a favor I feel incredibly awkward.
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8/4/2015 | 1:33:53 PM
Don't get desperate...
...unless you must, and then keep your morals.  This probably goes along with being picky, but there are far too many people in this world who hate their jobs; which is of little benefit to themselves, their families, their employers (whether they know it or not), or their employers' customers (yes, there are more important things than money).

 
Ariella
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8/3/2015 | 9:15:11 PM
Re: Network, Network, Network even it if it hurts ........
@David sometimes people ask me for help, which I suppose is their way of networking. I'm always glad to share any useful contact information or openings I know of. If I don't have anything to offer, I say so. But I don't really mind people asking for help honestly nearly as much as I do being spammed by people pushing their own services on me.
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batye,
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8/3/2015 | 1:46:21 PM
Re: Network, Network, Network even it if it hurts ........
@Technocrati, same here :)
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Technocrati,
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8/3/2015 | 1:45:01 PM
Re: Network, Network, Network even it if it hurts ........

Thanks batye,  Good to see you on the boards my old friend !  : ) 

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8/3/2015 | 1:42:44 PM
Re: Network, Network, Network even it if it hurts ........

@David    I think you should write that article,  I feel the same about calling in "a favor".  That article will help a lot of people I am sure.

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batye,
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8/3/2015 | 12:36:26 PM
Re: Network, Network, Network even it if it hurts ........
@Technocrati, I could not agree more- Dave do give good points/ideas...
batye
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batye,
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8/3/2015 | 12:33:06 PM
Re: Network, Network, Network even it if it hurts ........
@Dave... interesting to know... I would say we live we learn and some of our habbits or the way we do things... do change with age...
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8/3/2015 | 11:50:10 AM
Re: Network, Network, Network even it if it hurts ........
@technocrati- Yes, and I think it is something none of us naturally do well. I'm a pretty social guy, but I'm a lousy networker. I always feel like when I get to the moment of actually using my network for a favor, it feels wrong or like I'm imposing. Maybe i need to write an article on how to turn your network into an asset without imposing. If nothing else, it will help me. :)
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