Technology is quickly expanding and lucrative sector for graduates. With many applicants for each role, it’s super important that you can stand out and prove yourself as a stellar candidate throughout the application process.
1. Relevant work experience
Employers are always keen to see that you've demonstrated an interest in an industry by completing an internship or some relevant work experience. The most obvious route to gaining a technology internship is to search for openings at major technology firms like IBM and Cisco. Not only will this help you make contacts in the industry, it also helps you to develop professional skills and business knowledge. This will boost your CV and set you apart from other applicants.
2. Thorough research on the company
Before you apply to a company, find out about what the company is, what it does, its ethos and it's history. Find out the background information about the company's vision and understand where it's looking to progress to in the future. When you’ve done your research, mention something interesting in application forms to show that you are sending tailored applications to individual companies. If you're successful in making it to interview stage, make sure you are able to talk about some of the company’s successes to show that you are interested and passionate about the business you are looking to join.
Throughout the application process, be confident and self-aware. Don’t be shy about mentioning your achievements and successes. If you're successful in getting through to interview, ensure you turn up well presented – smile, shake hands and be self-assured. This shows a potential employer that you are confident in yourself and consequently a strong candidate for the job. When you're asked a question, don’t be afraid of taking a moment to think about the best way to answer the question in order to do your abilities justice.
4. Awareness of current affairs
When attending an interview, it’s great to have an awareness of any news stories that will affect the industry or company you are applying to. Make sure you read up on some articles and have a good awareness of what’s going on in the news that might have an impact on business. This shows that you are sharp, aware and organised and demonstrates that you have an all round interest in technology.
5. Evidence your skills
Make sure that you list all of your key technical skills in an application. Alongside this, clearly show your level of ability for each skill, be it coding languages, platforms or systems. Simply listing your skills does not indicate to an employer how competent you are, so make sure you evidence this.
You might want to think about mentioning how you acquired this skill – was it part of your university course, or was it self-taught? This could be a great opportunity to show you are someone who takes the initiative. However, exaggerating may backfire if you are asked to demonstrate this at interview, so remember to be honest.
Looking for further advice on preparing an excellent technology application? Read our advice on how to write a great CV for technology applications.