The tech/IT industry is one of the fastest growing in the U.S., with the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasting “faster than average” growth for many computer science occupations for the next several years. Couple that with the fact many positions in tech have starting salaries of $60,000/year or greater and you have one of the most competitive, in-demand job markets around. To give yourself an edge over your competition, where you look for a job is just as important as what you owe.
Start your search on one of these sites and you’ll be well on your way.
With 84,804 tech jobs as of April 2015, Dice.com is a job board dedicated solely to careers in programming, information technology and similar pursuits. Some of the companies posting jobs on the site include big names like Amazon, eBay, Cisco, Deloitte and HP, so you’re sure to find some of the best positions in the industry here. The site also has an extensive news section where you’ll find helpful and informative articles explaining the latest trends and job-hunting career tips in the industry. In addition, Dice.com’s tech career tool kit is an invaluable resource for IT job-hunters, featuring in-depth advice on how to format your resume/cover letter, interview effectively and network with your peers.
Starting in 2003, icrunchdata caters to job-hunters seeking careers in big data and analytics jobs for some of the biggest brands around the world. The site has more than 346,000 job listings, covering roles such as IT systems engineer, data analyst, director of modeling, application develop and plenty more. Job-hunters can either post their resumes and hope to be discovered or actively apply to jobs listed by the thousands of businesses that work with the site. Companies hiring through icrunchdata include Intuit, Dell, Sprint, AMD, E*Trade and plenty more. When you want to take a break from your job search, be sure to check out icrunchdata’s News section for insight from leading industry experts and information on the latest hot trends in tech.
A branch of the Beyond.com career network, TechCareers is one of the go-to sites for people looking for careers in tech.When you’re browsing through its catalog of more than 190,000 tech jobs, you’ll see familiar companies such as Coca-Cola, AT&T, Fresh Market, Dish Network, UPS and plenty more. Whether you’re looking to become a mobile software architect, technical writer, CAD designer or data analyst, you’re sure to find plenty of great career options on TechCareers. Don’t forget to check out the site’s vibrant online community where you can upload your resume and portfolio and start networking with people who can give you valuable advice on breaking into the industry.
In addition to sites that cater specifically to the tech industry, you’d be smart to look at general purpose job sites for opportunities as well. LinkedIn, for example, is the largest career-oriented social networking site in the U.S. You’ll find near limitless resources and opportunities here, even getting the chance to communicate directly with recruiters or individuals who do the kind of work you’re looking to break into or move up in. Indeed is another popular employment search site. It may not have the bells and whistles of LinkedIn, but its job listings are incredibly diverse. You can find hundreds of thousands ads for the tech/IT industry in hundreds of cities around the world here. If you’re still in school, your campus career development office will likely have a helpful website featuring job listings specifically for people looking to land their first gig in the industry. Even if you're out a few years and looking for higher level jobs, it could be worth checking back just in case. And while they’re generally not considered “job search” sites, check out tech blogs such as TechCrunch, Wired, HostingAdvice, Y Combinator and even Reddit’s subreddit for IT for the latest news and information about the computer science industry.
Don’t limit your search to just one website. You have the best chances of finding a job if you search in multiple places. The tech industry is booming right now and will continue to grow so long as bright minds continue to develop new ways for technology to streamline our lives. Finding a job on one of these sites could be your first step to becoming the next innovator that changes the world.