IT graduates fail to land top jobs due to a lack of creativity, employment firm Connections Recruitment has suggested.
According to the recruitment specialist the UK currently produces 30,520 computer science graduates each year, but almost a quarter of these settle for non-graduate or unskilled roles after university.
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Jonathan Dobkin, director at Connections Recruitment, said: “With IT companies receiving an average of 73 applications for each graduate vacancy, it’s clear college leavers need to make more use of the skills they should excel at such as creative problem solving and technology in order to stand out from the crowd.
“Too many young IT graduates have poor, drab CVs in traditional formats.”
Dobkin explained the recruitment firm is seeing top candidates going that step further to create and share their videos online and to showcase the products they have worked on. He added:
“Many populate their Linked-In profile with videos and also share them on other social media platforms such as YouTube and Vine. Graduates need to take more of a risk and really put themselves out there to stand out and get noticed – especially now when the university ‘milk rounds’ are kicking off in earnest.”
Dobkin offers IT graduates the following ten top tips:
1) Upload a professional LinkedIn profile and include all your experience, education and awards. Add video content and secure endorsements and recommendations.
2) Cleanse your Facebook and Twitter accounts to ensure they are free from any incriminating photos or postings.
3) Volunteer to gain experience. This will give you practical experience of team working and problem solving – all the skills employers are after. This also demonstrates a genuine appetite for work and hunger for success.
4) Network – find IT societies, clubs and groups. Attend and talk to professionals, ask them questions, show an interest but don’t be too pushy.
5) Talk to IT recruiters to find out what they consider to be an above-average CV.
6) Write a cover letter of no more than two sides of A4 but keep it pacey.
7) Think about making a film using the Vine App of recent engineering projects you’ve undertaken in your spare time or at university. This will help you stand out from the crowd and demonstrate a genuine passion for your chosen career.
8) Consider posting some of your designs to potential employers or contact them and ask them to set you a challenge to solve.
9) Use IT keywords throughout your CV so if an employer scan reads it these words will jump off the page.
10) Invest in a smart suit/dress and pair of shoes. If you don’t look the part – you’re already on the back foot.