Job hunting as a software developer can be stressful and overwhelming at the same time.
There are a lot of particulars necessary to shape your technical and non-technical skills. After gaining the necessary education and experience, the final step in becoming a software engineer is landing a job. Entry-level opportunities can be competitive, especially at top companies like Amazon and Google.
There are many tips to increase your chances of success; such as, leveraging your existing network connections with instructors, mentors, peers, or internship supervisors. A portfolio of completed work can make a great impression on recruiters too.
Below we will discuss some best practices to implement when job hunting to improve your chances of getting hired and securing your dream job. These practices are not considered “one size fits all” to job hunting as a whole but are good to implement practices for improving your odds of landing a job
- Conduct background check
Before submitting your application to any company/firm, it is recommended you conduct some background checks about the company. This will provide you with necessary background information about the company and what they are undertaking.Company stalking is necessary to aid you identify if your goals and ambitions underline the prospect company. Conducting a background check will help you determine whether the company can be a source of your personal or career development. This will help you make an actionable decision on what the next chapter of your career will be.
Company stalking can be conducted through websites, social profiles and LinkedIn.
- Tailor/optimize your resume
Your resume should provide a summary of your work experience and background information relevant to the job you are applying to. Your resume should introduce you without necessarily doing the talking.Depending on the role and needs of the company you are applying to, you should customize your resume when applying for various roles. Another mistake most people make is to use one resume for various applications..
- Always keep your socials clean
Social media has been very influential especially in networking and showcasing your skills to potential clients. Your social skills will always come in handy during your job hunting process.Companies and clients want someone who can be trusted with work and one who doesn’t bring in unhealthy and bad habits to the company. Your socials are a representation of the actual online face of yourself.
On the same, ensure your profiles shout your professional self that you always want others to know about. Any bad or negative comment can always give you away as a bad person.
- Improve your soft skills
According to Investopedia, soft skills are character traits and interpersonal skills that characterize a person’s relationships with other people. In the workplace, soft skills are considered to be a complement to hard skills, which refer to a person’s knowledge and occupational skills. Soft skills will enable you to lead a team, negotiate effectively, convince potential client’s/customers, follow instructions and even get your job done on time.
- Leverage networking to your advantage
Networking involves the action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts. Networking is very important in any niche during your job search.Most people have landed job opportunities based entirely on people within their networks. Networking within your niche is very handy especially when you want to build long term friendships and networks. Networking may involve cold emailing people within your niche and building healthy and helpful friendships.
Build new connections by joining professional organizations, attending tech conferences, and visiting local job fairs.
Finally, check out the job boards listed below.
- Dice: A leading tech job database, Dice manages more than 9 million profiles of technology professionals in the United States. Dice offers job postings, career insights, and data tools.
- Hired: Hired connects employers and tech professionals in 17 cities worldwide and remotely. Job-seekers can create a free profile to receive interview requests directly from interested companies.
- CrunchBoard: Tech news website TechCrunch's official job board, CrunchBoard, provides a free platform for technology job-seekers. Users can search available listings by keyword, location, and distance.
- LinkedIn: The world's largest professional networking site, LinkedIn provides opportunities for users to connect with others, follow companies, and apply for jobs around the world.
- Indeed: Employers post 10 new jobs to Indeed every second. Software professionals can use the world's most popular job site to search for local, regional, and global opportunities.
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