Looking to work in BC’s booming tech sector? We had a chat with Talent Specialists Jocelyn Meyer and Anthony Azar from Traction on Demand, North America’s largest independent Salesforce consulting and application development firm.
They shared six things newcomers need to succeed in BC’s growing IT industry:
1. Culture Fit
Employers often look for candidates who can “fit in” with their organizational culture. Some companies place more value on social interactions with coworkers in and outside of the workplace, and other companies value employees who just show up to do their work.
When applying for jobs, find organizations that would be a good fit with your own values, rather than finding an organization and then trying to make yourself fit in.
2. Resume and Cover Letter
Resumes and cover letters are the first touch points to introduce yourself and your skills to employers. Make sure your resume conforms to Canadian standards: provide an overview of your work history and skill set, along with specific achievements, tasks and projects you have worked on.
When writing your cover letter, read the job description carefully and research the organization, so you can speak to why the position excites you and why you’d be a good fit. Provide insight as to who you are as a person, highlight other talents that are not mentioned in your resume – make yourself stand out!
Depending on your IT role, fluency in English has varying degrees of importance. It can be less important in technical roles and is generally more important in external-facing positions. If you are trying to improve your English, consider volunteering– you can practice your language skills, meet new people and add volunteer experience to your resume.
In BC, there are plenty of networking opportunities; try looking for them on websites like LinkedIn or MeetUp. The value is in meeting people–who you know in addition to what you know can help you land a job.
Before you attend a networking event, research which companies will be attending, particularly those that you want to work for.
5. Professional Organizations
After landing in Canada, connect with local professional organizations in your field. These organizations can help you get your credentials recognized in Canada, share educational and networking opportunities, and even pass on job openings.
6. Knowing what you want
Be intentional. Know what you want and go after it. Know what you value, know what you bring to the table and know what you want to achieve by working for a company. Employers are looking to invest time and resources into training prospective employees who are aligned with their organizational values and needs. Knowing where you want to go will help you find out how to get there.
The points mentioned above were excerpts from a FAST webinar in November 2017. Complete the FAST online modules to get access to the next online session! Get connected with our partner employers and gain relevant career insights. Sign back in to your account today!