As you have undoubtedly heard, the job market is seriously bonkers right now. With unemployment near pre-pandemic levels, and thousands of jobs still to be had, firms are fighting fiercely for top candidates – if they can find them. In short, it is a candidate’s market, and the last few months have seen many professionals step into a role offering more competitive compensation and a better culture fit.
With this in mind, 2022 is certainly not the year to “stick it out” in an unsatisfying job. As a technology professional, there are a host of opportunities available to you. Here’s why you should make a change this year.
- Extremely High Demand
As mentioned, tech jobs have seen tremendous growth in the last few years, with the unemployment rate for the industry at around 1.5% according to a recent report. This level is near an all-time low, signaling that tech hiring has ramped up to the point of capturing nearly every available candidate in the market.
As businesses grow and become more digitally integrated, capable technology professionals will always be in high demand, especially in the cybersecurity and network infrastructure spaces. It has never been easier for a qualified tech professional to find a competitive role.
- Increased Leverage
With the state of the tech hiring market in mind, candidates can expect to exhibit more negotiative leverage during the hiring process. Firms are fiercely competing for candidates (as evidenced by the 1.5% tech unemployment rate), and are therefore willing to offer extremely competitive compensation packages and benefits as a result. If you are unsatisfied in your current role, 2022 presents a unique opportunity to shop for the exact type of role you are looking for to build your career.
- Growth Potential
In 2021, the IT consulting industry alone cracked the list for the largest 20 industries in the U.S. by revenue. The tech landscape is changing so rapidly, that professionals have the unique opportunity to get in on the “ground floor” of many businesses that are looking to bolster their tech footprint and security. As technology continues to influence the makeup and activities of society as a whole, these same professionals will be able to demand higher salaries and career advancement opportunities. Now is as good a time as ever to find a placement that can foster the development of your career.
- Abundant Resources
Nowadays, you can learn how to do nearly anything for little to no cost, with just a few clicks. If you are looking to pivot your IT career, there is an abundance of resources that can help you with this mission. From online courses in programming, cybersecurity, and cloud computing, to certifications, to simple video tutorials on troubleshooting, there is no shortage of helpful material that can help you in your career navigation.
On the professional side, you can also find resources on resume enhancement, interview preparation, and online job board tips. In 2022, the sky is the limit when it comes to utilizing resources.
- People Who Can Help
This year presents a unique opportunity to make a meaningful impact on your future. Thankfully, there are people you can team up with to amplify that impact even further. By working with a tech recruiter, you can expand your network and source job leads that you never would have discovered on your own. At IT/IQ, we understand the tech job marketplace – it’s what we do. Let us help you find the right role this year.
Your Tech Search Teammate: IT/IQ
This can be your year. The 30+ dedicated technology recruiters stand ready to help you navigate your job search with expert advice borne from years of experience. With locations in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto, we can find the right role for you – wherever you are. Visit us at it-iq.com to learn more.