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How To Land Your First IT Job
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Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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9/18/2013 | 4:17:25 PM
re: How To Land Your First IT Job
I recently advised a new college grad who went through several interview rounds but did not get the position to write to the HR manager and ask for feedback on how she did in the interview process overall and advice on where she could have done better.

I think that new grads can get away with such a request and that seeking to improve sends a good message to the employer. Who knows, the person they chose might flame out, and meanwhile you've shown yourself to be someone not afraid to ask for guidance.
SMB Kevin
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SMB Kevin,
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9/18/2013 | 5:11:05 PM
re: How To Land Your First IT Job
Good point, Lorna. Agree it's easier to ask for that kind of feedback when you're just starting out. While I'm not in HR, I'd maybe caution recent grads to ensure such feedback requests are very "buttoned up" ... brief, professional, polite. (You'd hope that's a given, but I'm not so sure -- especially over email.)
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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9/18/2013 | 5:51:14 PM
re: How To Land Your First IT Job
Definitely - I proofread a lot of emails, resumes and other correspondence. A second opinion is important.

I recommended something along these lines:
"Dear XX, Thank you for considering me for the xxx position. As a new graduate, the interview experience was invaluable, especially [insert a specific example of someone whom you found interesting]. While I am of course disappointed in not being chosen, I'm certain the process will help me in the future. Would it be possible for you to provide feedback on my performance, or even general recommendations on how to improve my interviewing skills? Any input will be much appreciated. Regards, xxx"
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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9/19/2013 | 12:38:37 AM
re: How To Land Your First IT Job
Mid-career job seekers don't dare...
"What could I have done better?"
"Be 20 years younger."
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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9/18/2013 | 5:16:11 PM
re: How To Land Your First IT Job
Another tactic: Try to research the managers in the unit where you seek to work and contact them directly. You may have a connection, either someone you know in common, or perhaps you went to the same college. Of course, this isn't always possible -- but if it is possible, you may be surprised how many people will help you at least stay out of the initial "no" pile of resumes because you went to the same college, have a mentor in common, etc.


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