How to get a job in Singapore¬ís IT sector in 2019
The demand for techies is still going strong in 2019, so if you’re a data scientist, web developer, cybersecurity specialist, or UX designer, you might easily find the job of your dreams this year in Singapore. As technology and its many facets are now an indispensable part of most companies, it is likely that hiring activity for IT professionals will continue to soar, especially since many sectors are focusing on digital innovation and development to better serve their customers. Want to land a job in IT? Here’s what you have to do:
Find out what hiring managers are looking for
IT is a vast sector, with many job categories and profiles. Knowing exactly where you fit into the industry in terms of your skills and capabilities will help streamline your job hunt. IT functions can be found across various industries, so you do not have to necessarily work for an IT firm: banking, hospitality, marketing and healthcare are some industries that regularly employ IT personnel for a variety of purposes.
Approach local start-ups
If there’s a crucial function that most young companies are desperately in need of, it is usually IT functions. Entrepreneurs bootstrapping their companies are usually in dire need of website builders and coders, UX designers, tech support, social media and web marketing. If you’re an IT graduate, attend university networking events where you can socialise with enterprising alumni who have started their own companies.
Attend IT fairs
To maximise your chances of getting hired, meet multiple potential employers, and make valuable connections, head down to a massive IT fair, where you’ll be interacting with the higher-ups and possibly C-level executives of the top IT companies. Having a strong educational background, a solid body of work and relevant professional experience will definitely help to grab the attention of headhunters. You will also get to meet other job seekers, and build a solid network of peers in the process, who may of great help to you one day, and vice versa.
Enter public competitions such as hackathons
Universities and major companies often organise IT-based competitions, which are open for students and young professionals to participate in. Usually held over the course of a day or a weekend, hackathons serve a dual purpose of talent-scouting the best and brightest minds in IT and solving real-world business problems. If you think you have the chops to participate, you should go for it. Even if you do not emerge as the overall winner, demonstrating the necessary skill, talent and resourcefulness during the the competition will get you noticed by recruiters.
Having a presence on GitHub, or other open-source sites
Those in the IT industry will be familiar with Github, a web-hosting service for open source projects. If you are looking to go into software development and wish to become more active in the community, consider contributing to one of the many open source projects in GitHub. Collaborate with front and back-end developers from all over the globe to work on projects and solve real world problems, and you might just end up impressing recruiters with your source code.