Starting out in the IT world as a three-course meal 

Starting out in the IT world as a three-course meal 

Interested in starting working in the IT industry? Here are some useful tips so that projects or software companies choose you.

In a world that advances as fast as IT, where thousands of people want to immerse themselves and soak up the wisdom of the greatest experts, as well as the benefits provided by the vast majority of companies in this area in terms of remote work, travel opportunities, and career plans, it is very important to understand the need for a delectable appetizer, a delicious main course, and a savory dessert as a closer so that projects or companies will choose us. 

Beyond the analogy with food (which I love), I am going to develop these concepts a bit as tips, specially oriented to those who are looking to enter this world, but obviously, it is useful for everyone with more or less experience. 

The starter 

Continuing with the theme, food first enters through the eyes. The same thing happens in the virtual world. That is why the neatness of your presentation, your curriculum, and your LinkedIn profile are of the utmost importance.  

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The best way is to always go straight to the point during the first contact, so a basic message has to contain just what is necessary: who I am, what I studied (if it is relevant), what I want to do, and what I want to apply for. The remaining information and everything I want to show that I know has to be reflected in the profile. 

These are things that can be attached or that you should count on regardless of your level of experience: Github (or any repository), Behance, links to projects you have done, and your CV/LinkedIn profile both in English and Spanish. 

The main course 

In these cases, the main course is composed of several ingredients. If the starter worked, you would arrange an interview. For the interview, make sure you have a good internet connection. Don’t do it in a noisy place and focus 100% on the moment. After all, if you are there, it was because you made an effort to be seen, and you are interested. Let’s give it your all! 

The main course is served by having a productive discussion, getting to the point, and showing interest with key questions, such as:  

  • What is expected of the role I’m applying for? 
  • What is the career plan, technologies, and tools I might work with? 
  • What types of projects would I be involved in? 
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Seeking out information beforehand can be a smart move. Another ingredient of the main course is the technical interview. Review beforehand the most important concepts of the role you aspire to have.  

The last ingredient is don’t wait for feedback from anyone. Often, the candidate’s time is not the same as the company’s, the processes, or the client’s. Ask for it, don’t hesitate. When an appropriate amount of time has passed without news, get in touch, do not let it keep you awake at night not knowing if it went well, badly, or the next steps that are expected. It stands out immensely that you show interest, proactiveness, and assertiveness. 

Lastly, dessert 

Whether you get good feedback to move forward with an offer or one to not continue with the process, the key is to take it as a sign you’re on the right path.  

If you move forward, congratulations! You probably have a good offer to accept not only in terms of salary but also in terms of professional growth. 

However, if at the time the answer is negative, take it as constructive. Get involved with that feedback so that you can strengthen the points that are brought to your attention and keep moving forward because stumbles are not falls. The IT world is a small world, and at some point, you will probably meet again. 

The last lines 

With all this written, the end of the evening comes in the form of a toast, the cherry on top of that long-awaited meal. This time, the toast is a tip especially oriented to more junior candidates. Keep in mind that if you don’t have formal experience, the interviewers will mostly evaluate your potential.  

In this area, problems will be posed, algorithms will be solved and created, and logical and often simple solutions will be sought. Get ready to think out of the box! 

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