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Finding IS jobs start with a Bachelor’s degree, which will usually qualify a person for a management job. It’s also common for information systems managers to have prior experience in a specified area, such as information technology or programming. While having a Bachelor’s degree is good, having a Master’s degree in a specified area, or that emphasizes both technology and business administration is highly favored by employers. Also, a person already in the information systems field may often go back to school to earn a Master’s degree to further their advancement. Employers also look favorably on potential employers with backgrounds in both software and other specific areas of technology and business. Employers look for people who have the ability to work with all people, including customers. Strong leadership skills and communication skills are important, especially when working within a team. The following are some other tips in finding an Information Systems job, either prior or after earning your degree:

Survey the field. Each company or organization may have their own requirements, but you should have a good idea what type of job you want and assess your own skills and strengths.

Get certified. Some companies that offer software also offer a paid official exam. They don’t “teach” you, they just test your existing knowledge, but this is a cheap way to discover your strengths. The advantage to this when applying for a job is that you will know the technologies that other candidates may not know (that they say they do.)

If you already have a computer-related job, get on the job training. You can find someone at work to learn from, or volunteer for new projects. The more you learn on the job, the better you will become eligible for promotions at current job, and at other companies.

Your resume. Once you have the degree and the skills, you still need to get the job of your dreams. Make sure your resume has a “Skills” section to list all computer skills you’ve acquired. You could also mention computers in your “Interests” or “Hobbies” section of your resume. Make sure your resume looks very professional. It might pay to have a professional write your resume for you, or look for examples online, of which there are many.

Network by talking to people in the field.


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