Covid-19, furlough, remote working, the “Great Resignation” … There’s no denying the world has changed in the last two years, but has your job-hunting process changed along with it?
Whether you are looking for a career change or simply hunting for your ideal job, now is the time to be looking.
The Office for National Statistics’ latest snapshot showed a steady recovery in the labour market, with job vacancies rising to a record 1.3 million. What’s more, hiring managers in the tech sector are still complaining about a shortage of skilled people to hire. This is an employees’ market!
Here are our three top tips to find a job that suits you this summer, so you can make the most of the high demand for tech sector professionals.
1. Build a memorable personal branding
In a world where so much of our lives is online, recruiters and potential employers want to understand who you are before meeting you. Indeed, 74 per cent of tech employers use social media to screen candidates – mainly Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Now is the best time to audit your content. In case you are looking to showcase your accounts as part of your branding, start your job-hunting strategy by streamlining and tightening up your content. Deleting your accounts, however, might backfire, as employers will expect you to have an online persona.
In a survey, 33 per cent of hiring managers said that, after finding information online about the candidate, they were impressed with his/her professional image.
2. Brush up on your CV
While you can take advantage of social media to talk about your career, your experience and any other information supporting your CV and qualifications, make sure you also brush up on your CV and tailor your cover letters.
It is important to ensure your CV aligns with your LinkedIn profile too – and a great place to highlight your skills and how they translate. It is worth optimising your profile for the LinkedIn algorithm by including key words you believe a potential hiring manager might search for.
Do you have examples of your previous work – PDFs, artwork and videos for example?
There are many platforms on which you can build a digital portfolio – think Wix, Weebly and Cargo to name a few. It also shows that you are keeping up with the latest technology.
3. Making flexibility a priority
Whether you are getting in touch with potential employers based at the other side of the country or upskilling for an area with talent shortages, flexibility is the buzzword of 2022.
Now is the time to demonstrate how you adapted to changing circumstances during the pandemic, for instance. Employers will want to know that you comfortable collaborating in a remote or hybrid environment, that you are willing to learn new skills and that you can adapt to new technology trends and ever-shifting customer needs.
Don’t be afraid of asking for help. Our experts are there to match you to positions which suit your skills, qualifications and experience in companies that align with your values.