The Art of finding a new Tech Job.

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The UK IT Pro team at Microsoft are busy planning the new round of IT Camps and Careers events, in the meantime it’s worth having a look back at our careers events from last year. Part of those events were focused on getting a job in the sector and within Microsoft. Interested – read on.

Moving on or up in your career is no small matter so it should be approached as a science. The LinkedIn phenomena is changing the way that recruiters approach you. Make sure your profile is up to date and indicates you are looking for opportunities. Ensure your key skills and achievements are highlighted. Treat this profile as a permanent online CV. Microsoft recruitment professionals regularly search for keywords like .NET, Cloud Computing, C# etc. Join relevant groups on LinkedIn connect to everyone you know to extend your reach. Set job alerts for the areas you are interested in.

So your search has resulted in a deluge of interview offers, obviously filter out all those that are not suitable and then plan for the ones that you really want.

If you are interviewing at Microsoft, you will have an HR professional assigned to you. Make sure you ask all the right questions. Research your interviewers online, check their blogs and other online presence points, such as Twitter.

Read the job description, understand the role and make sure you ask questions of your HR contact, that is why they are assigned to you. Microsoft and all employers want to see you at your best, not in a state of concern or confusion. Follow standard interview best practice. Take CV copies with you ask to take notes if you want to.

The new-hire process is quite a long and involved one with several steps and a number of interviews, be prepared for this. Be flexible. Microsoft use the STAR question framework based on Situations, tasks, Actions and Results. Prepare for this. Have examples ready. Don’t ramble keep to 3 sentences if you can, 3 examples if required and ask 3 questions at the end.

This is a technical role – be prepared for questions probing and examining your technical skills. Don’t come unprepared.

Your interviewing team will not only be looking at your answers, they will examine your attitude, your body language and other non-verbal communications, which are mostly involuntary.

Finally first impressions do count. Be on time, dress appropriately, be flexible on timings and locations and above all be honest.

Microsoft is all about the passion for technology, be enthusiastic, be passionate and be yourself. The hiring process will certainly see through any pretence.

During the next few months, there are likely to be more evening careers events where you will get a chance to meet the team ask questions and share a snack and drink to find out more.

Most of the contents of this post will apply to any role you are after in any company, treat the process in a planned professional manner and you increase your chances of success immeasurably.

Good luck!

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Author Bio.

Ed Baker is a Technical Evangelist working for Microsoft UK. Ed is a recent hire to Microsoft but a 20 year IT veteran. Ed is a Chartered Professional Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers, holding many Technical Certifications Ed is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer and a Regional Lead for the UK. Feel free to follow Ed @edbaker1965 or contact him at edbaker@microsoft.com

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