Published by: Lee Baigent
As a specialist recruiter within the NGN space I am lucky to have a niche pool of candidates and a network of passionate SME’s that I can to turn for market knowledge.
I often have scheduled calls with my network to further understand the next hot piece of technology in order to broaden my understanding of forever changing technology. It also gives ma chance to gain an understanding of my networks thoughts and feelings on career progression and what they need to do in order to secure there next dream job!
Now, believe me when I say I am not a technical guru and understand technology at a high level, however what I do know is my market and the recruitment industry.
With the demand for NFV/SDN, Virtualization Specialists and 5G around the corner we are starting see a war for this talent on a global scale.
So what do candidates need to do in order to secure a new position within this new virtualized world?
- There is always a high demand for certifications (VMware, RedHat, AWS etc) Do yourself a favour, don’t limit yourself to just one single environment, the more certs and exposure the better!
- Show some passion for the technology, it’s not always the guy/girl with the hands on experience that ultimately gets hired. Showing a legitimate interest and a will to learn goes a long way!
- Study, study, study! Go to forums, speak to experts, and join chat rooms. Whatever gives you the advantage over the competition will ultimately help you on a personal and professional level.
- Who do you want to work for? Shop around and know where and who you want to work for. It is always worth compiling a list of the top 10 companies you would like to work for or with. Never be afraid to share this information with recruiters, you never know, they may be providing to 1 of your top 5 and have an open position!
- Add as much relevant technology and responsibilities to your resume in order to showcase your talent. Never be afraid to tailor your resume to reflect a specific job that you would like to apply for, as long as the information is true and you are prepared to be quizzed on your resume when interviewing it can be very effective.
I hope that this information has been of value to anyone who is searching for a new opportunity or thinking of a transition. Please feel free to share my blog J and please feel free to contact me directly for any help or assistance.