"Working on our engineering side means dealing with a high-pressure environment. We do want team players and self-directed people who can find solutions. We want a strong technical background. If you are working in the same market we are and have all of these, you can choose your job," says Akamai's Prokop.
How do you demonstrate all of these wonderful attributes? In part, use social media. Kaazing looks for people who show leadership on discussion boards and networking sites like LinkedIn, says Yuan Weigel, Kaazing's marketing vice president.
Other managers give similar advice and say job boards like Dice and Monster, although still important, are losing ground to social media. But Angel Chen, who heads HR for TicketNetwork, cautions job seekers to remember the basics: "We do look for a professional résumé. Formatting is important, and the cover letter shouldn't just regurgitate what's in the résumé," she says.
That may sound old school, but why not do your résumé right? Every edge you grab from the competition puts you closer to the job you desire. After all, tech jobs may be in abundance in certain areas, but that doesn't mean you're guaranteed to get the one you want.
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