Getting IT Back After A Break
Consistency and stability are significant distinctions that employers look for when hiring employees. A big gap in career is not always taken positively in any field Whether it be personal reasons or any other hitch, a career gap in the IT industry is always treated as negative. But you do not have to worry.
Many professionals do come back to IT after both long and short breaks.
Be Strong and Positive
Don't hit panic if you had a gap , your career is not gone. Every problem has its own solution.
Apt updating of skills is necessary for getting a job you desire. Even if you hold the best degree in education with years of experience, if you have taken a break in your career; re-skill. A break of six months should be the maximum break for any tech person. A gap of more than a year may lead to a lower position.
Even a consistent career with no skill update makes no sense in such a situation.
In any industry, it’s a struggle to go back and restart a career. In the technology industry, since technology changes every single day, maintaining a proper update of the changes is a must. Getting accurate technology training and being on par will increase your chance of boosting yourself in the IT industry.
Companies like GP Strategies, Columbia, development Dimensions International, The KenBlanchard Companies, The Vital Smarts of US, Forum Corporation, Harvard Business Publishing, Linkage, Interaction Associates Inc. , Zenger Folkman, MHI Global, Cross Knowledge of France, American management Association International, FranklinConey, Wilson Learning Corporation, Impact International, Global Knowledge, are some of the best Corporate Training Companies across the Globe.
These training companies provide online as well as offline training facilities with international standards.
An IT aspirant should enroll himself to these kinds of corporate training along with soft skills provided by them. Soft skills relate to an individual’s emotional intelligence Quotient which helps in building personality, a way of communication, convincing power, managing human relationships, interpersonal skills, etc.
Get certified again
In order to return and continue with your IT job, a tech restarter must be very alert and enthusiastic. Try your best to know which new technologies are in high demand in the market and start getting trained. Various corporate technology tools such as Hadoop, Big Data, Analytics, Spark etc. are in the market. Research on them and find out which tool goes parallel to your previous work experience. Use your experience, revise what you had learned, and check out the updates in the particular field – you have to make yourself job ready with training and practical exercises.
Brush up your programming and operational skills with the desired courses and get certified with excellence. Make sure you do your certification from a renowned company. Staying up to date with your IT skills is the only and most wanted criteria for you to get the job you deserve.
NIIT is a leading company that provides soft skills and corporate training certifications which are in high demand. Along with technical courses, it has got certification for spoken English and personality development and a special certificate program on interview skills. Once you learn java, you could definitely appear for the Oracle certification, which is a perfect tool to get a job in the java domain.
Certain certifications, that help people grab the IT jobs with ease are:
Project Management Professional (PMP) ,
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE),
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP),
Cisco Certified Network Access,
Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE),
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP),
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
Choose one of the above that matches your skills and ability and hurry to obtain a certification on it.
Be a little more Social
You should always keep a very cordial relationship with your colleagues as well as with your ex-colleagues. If you have contact with your previous colleagues, that’s a plus point. If you have no connection, then start rebuilding connections with your ex-colleagues as well as start making new connections with people in the IT industry. Try to expand your network as much as you can. Learn the newest tactics and developments from your connections. Distribute your resume to all your connections and let them refer you to their companies. Your social network will help you the most in getting you a new job. So maintaining a good relationship with your colleagues is a must. Contact your ex-boss or manager who knows you are good at work and who has confidence in your performance. But before proceeding for the resume distribution, just make sure you are job ready with a complete technology update.
Sites like SHEROES.in offer new job updates daily. It is worth mentioning that about 92 percent of the companies use social media for recruiting and 42 percent of the IT firms include links to social media on their career page sections.
Read daily technology news through Times of India, BBC News etc. and start taking part in discussions. Start commenting and let your participation become noticeable.
By Vaishnavi Agrawal
Vaishnavi Agrawal loves pursuing excellence through writing and has a passion for technology. She currently writes for intellipaat.com, a global training company that provides e-learning and professional certification training. Her work has been published on various sites related to Hadoop, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, IT, SAP, Project Management and more.