How To Land A Job In Data


February 9, 2024

About iO-Sphere, For Individuals

How do you gain the experience without having ever been given the experience? 

Recently our Co-Founder, James, held a webinar with Datacamp explaining the key skills employers are looking for when interviewing you. 

Around the world, the job hunt is on and landing a job…is often trickier than it seems. What we do at iO-Sphere is unveil the mystery that is landing a job and equip you with the tools and skills to not only stand out in your interview but consistently thrive in your new role. 

The world of data is growing at an exponential rate. In every industry the key decision makers are looking for data professionals to help guide their thinking and get more insight on their business performance to help make the right decisions. So in short, they want you. 

But, traditional bootcamps and Universities aren’t necessarily giving the professional skills that employers are looking for: curiosity, problem solving, teamwork and many more. Which means that when you are sitting across from them in the interview, you may have the technical skills but they are looking for people who they can seamlessly integrate into their business. 

In the webinar with Datacamp, James touched on what it is that employers are looking for when hiring data professionals. Not only what programmes should have on lockdown but what professional and soft skills are they keeping their eye out for. He then goes to give you the starting tool kit, some hints and guides for you to start using right away in your job interviews. 

People are looking to hire you in data, make sure they can’t say no. 

Some insider tips: 

  1. Know what data role you’re applying for:

We know this sounds basic, but as data expands there are thousands of niche roles popping up. Make sure you know exactly what role you’re applying for and be confident in your ability to execute and be successful in that role. 

  1. Confidence in your experience and data skills: 

Being a data professional isn’t just about knowing SQL or Python. It’s about working with people, it’s about understanding what the business needs and using your skills as a data professional to help guide them in the right direction. 

  1. Applying for jobs in data: 

Don’t just go in guns blazing and apply for every job under the sun (don’t get us wrong, quantity is important) but make sure you know what your applying for, you’ve done your research and you’re making sure that you are networking with the right people. People are more likely to hire someone that they’ve been referred than someone straight off LinkedIn. So get out there and get active when applying for jobs. 

  1. Interviewing

When you step into that interview always remember to be yourself. After all, if you are committed to working there, being someone else is not going to work out long term. Interviewers want to see that you can solve problems, that you can be part of the team and most importantly you can help make their business grow – so make sure you practice ahead of time and just relax. 

  1. You’ve got the job: 

You’ve got the job! But that doesn’t mean you can kick back and just relax – make sure on the first day you are already doing your research, understanding what the company needs and forming relationships with your colleagues. 

These are just a few quick tips to help you in your job search, but you can watch the webinar in full and get the real scoop.