Another piece of advice, albeit more for current students than grads: Do an internship in the field or area you are interested in pursuing. "Before a student enters into the workforce he or she should really have some 'real world' experience through a job or internship while still in school," explains David Muir, Jr., founder, The GigSpire Program, which teaches job search skills. Work experience, even if unpaid, he says, can make a big difference.
What else do recent grads need to land their dream job in IT? CIO.com asked hiring managers and IT recruiters. Following are their top tips for how to improve your chances of getting hired.
Google yourself -- before a prospective employer does. Why? "I am looking for two things: you participate on the social or technical Web, and you do not have anything terribly scandalous on the Web," explains Sara Robertson, vice president, Strategic Technology , CPX Interactive, a digital adverting company. "If I find a thread on a developer forum where you are helping a newbie understand the proper way to instantiate a class, you will get a call immediately.
If I find a thread on a developer forum where you are flaming a newbie for not reading the documentation, your resume is immediately in the trash." Robertson also recommends potential hires have a Twitter and/or Facebook account. "If you don't have those I will suspect something is amiss, unless you have a first-page blog where you eloquently describe all the reasons that Facebook and Twitter suck. At which point I might just want to be your best friend."
Get a professional email address. "Something as [seemingly insignificant] as your email address can make a huge impact on whether or not you get a response from a hiring manager," argues Shara Senderoff, co-founder and CEO of Intern Sushi. "So ditch the funny, inappropriate email address you've had since high school, like 'sexykitten11' or 'bigdaddy69.'