Tech Recruiters’ Top Tips for Nailing Your Job Search

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on September 2nd, 2022

Tech Recruiters’ Top Tips for Nailing Your Job Search

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on September 2, 2022

There is nothing easy about finding a new job, especially with so many other talented people out there, and the job hunting process can be a daunting one. This is why it’s so important to stand out, make a statement and have an edge over everyone else. Instead of going blindly into looking for a new job, take a moment to consider the best way of going about things. Below, we have looked at six recruiter tips for nailing your job search.


6 Tips for Improving Your Tech Job Search


Optimise Your CV

It’s not enough to simply create a CV and send it off, you need to ensure it’s optimised for the specific job that you are applying for. Indeed, LinkedIn and similar platforms make it very easy to apply for jobs, but this means that recruiters have more applications than they know what to do with. If your CV isn’t optimised for the job using relevant keywords, you are unlikely to get noticed. This is because most recruiters use an applicant tracking system (ATS), which highlights which CVs match the job description. If yours hasn’t been optimised, it’s unlikely to be analysed by the ATS as being a CV worth looking at.


Consider a Range of Job Opportunities

Though you might have your heart set on working at a very specific company or within a certain industry, keep your options open. When you are searching for a job, it’s likely that you will come across a variety of opportunities you may not have previously considered. Though it might be perfectly aligned with what you envisioned, it could help you to progress and land your dream job further down the line.


Don’t Let Being Underqualified Deter You

You might be missing a few of the skills listed in the job description, but don’t let that deter you from applying. A lot of recruiters will have a list of things they are desperate for a candidate to have, and those that they are flexible on. If you meet some of the criteria, it’s worth applying as you might impress them in other ways. This also goes for job titles, don’t be intimidated and put off by an impressive sounding role, as it could well be a job that you could do with your experience and knowledge. As long as you have most of what they are looking for, you are in with a chance of being interviewed.


Give Examples of ‘Soft Skills’

‘Soft skills’ are those related to the non-technical aspects of the job, such as working with others and problem solving. These should be listed briefly on your CV, but then you should provide more detail about your capabilities in the interview. It’s a good idea to give examples to illustrate your ‘soft skills’, such as detailing a time you had to work with others to fix a problem. If you are struggling to think of any examples that relate to the workplace, use examples from your personal life.


Feel Confident Saying “I Don’t Know”

There is a chance that an interview question will leave you stumped, but this doesn’t have to be a bad thing. If you don’t know the answer to a question, feel confident saying that you are not sure. Though you might be tempted to come up with something on the stop – after all, you want to impress in the interview – this could backfire, especially if you don’t really know what you are talking about. It’s okay to say “I don’t know”, and then talk about how you would find the answer.


Don’t Forget to Ask Questions

At the end of an interview, the interviewer is likely to ask if you have any questions. This can be hugely beneficial to you, as it gives you the opportunity to find out as much as possible about the company. Asking questions can give a unique insight into the company, the role and the team that you will be working with. It’s also a great way to clarify anything that may have been ambiguous so far. Another way to benefit from asking questions is to ask for feedback on the interview. If you don’t get the job, find out what held you back. This will help you to perform in future interviews.

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