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7 steps to take you from graduate to Dynamics developer

Date
7 May 2015
Written by
Conspicuous
If you’re just about to leave university and you’re looking for graduate Dynamics developer jobs, you need to have a thorough checklist to get you to where you want to be. We’ve been in the Microsoft Dynamics industry for over a decade, so we know the industry, as well as the steps the best candidates take to get into jobs.
  1. Take the relevant modules at uni
Some undergraduates expect to go straight into a development role in Microsoft Dynamics regardless of their degree modules. Particularly if you want to be a developer, practical programming knowledge is vital, and a working mathematical knowledge of linear algebra and formal logic is desirable. Therefore, don’t avoid these modules at university – even if they seem difficult. However, don’t be deterred if you’ve not done a specific Computer Science degree. Those from interfacing subjects like Robotics and Electrical Engineering should apply.
  1. Go to your graduate fair
Your last year of university is likely to be your most busy, with project work, exams and assessed presentation to prepare for. Meanwhile, you’ll be bombarded with requests for you to attend employability talks and graduate fairs. Attend these. There, you’ll discover important new contacts in the Microsoft Dynamics industry – whether they’re developers, consultants or people from interfacing industries. Talk to them with a view to:
  • Pick up tips and techniques for your CV
  • Learn about companies and sectors to apply for work directly to
  • Discover the recruitment companies that can find you the relevant work.
  1. Be visible and transparent online
You might be used to updating your Facebook and Twitter profiles, but LinkedIn is preferred social network for professionals. With 61% of people preferring LinkedIn for professional networking opportunities. Keep your main profile fully updated with your key skills and employment attributes. Join Dynamics-related groups, connect with Dynamics developers, consultants and recruiters, and publish posts that demonstrate your knowledge of the Dynamics industry and surrounding sectors.
  1. Become an author of an online Dynamics community
Presenting yourself as an authority puts you in good stead for those future graduate Dynamics jobs. Online communities like www.dynamicsfeed.com are a good place to air your opinions, as well as to learn new skills through industry tips and tricks, and to read the latest Microsoft Dynamics news. Become an author and become a voice in the Dynamics community.
  1. Build your CV and have an expert check it
Universities spend an increasing amount of time justifying their government funding by saying they are getting people into work. Therefore, take advantage of your university’s Careers department by presenting them with your CV and taking on board their valuable feedback. Most likely, they’ve helped others in your current circumstances and therefore know what works and what doesn’t.
  1. Build up your Dynamics-specific programming knowledge
Microsoft has an excellent, well-established and well-stocked developer library with the tools and resources to help you construct, compile and implement your own Dynamics CRM and ERP programmes. With this sort of knowledge you can really begin to stand out from the crowd, and enrich your portfolio, CV and your LinkedIn profile.
  1. Speak with an experienced Dynamics recruiter
An experienced Microsoft Dynamics consultant will be able to guide you directly to the right employers, gage which skills you need to be building up, and help you with – what could be – tricky interview questions. At Conspicuous, we have years of experience helping students into graduate Dynamics jobs here in the UK, the US and Europe. For the latest Dynamics roles, visit our site, or… give us a call on +44(0)1483 233 000.

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