Searching for a job can be a stressful process, especially if you are currently out of work. This is a position that many developers find themselves in right now as this is a field that is growing in popularity and many people have been teaching themselves programming and software development skills in recent times.
With that in mind, here are some helpful job hunting tips specifically for developers that will help you with your job search and allow you to find a new role in no time.
Whether you are a junior developer, mid-level, or senior – keep reading to find out more.
Put Enough Time into Job Searching
The first important tip is that you need to make sure you are putting enough time into searching for a new role. You cannot complain about struggling to find a job if you are barely looking, so it is a good idea to get into a daily routine for job hunting. On LinkedIn, you can set up alerts that will notify you when a job match appears, or if a company you’re interested in posts a new role. This will help you stay alert and ahead of other developers applying for similar roles. We also recommend spending time searching for new jobs, filling in application forms, attending interviews, and following up as much as possible.
Tailor Each Application
One of the biggest mistakes that people make during the job search is not tailoring each application to a specific role. Instead they send off the same CV, cover letter, and application for every developer job they like the look of. While it might be much quicker to apply to multiple roles in this way, you will find that recruiters and hiring managers see through this, and it shows that not much thought or effort has gone into the application. Instead, you are better off applying to fewer roles but paying attention to what they are looking for and tailoring all aspects of your application to the job advert provided.
Look for Roles on Job Boards
One of the best ways to find new job opportunities is to check job boards daily. You can search for specific roles on these job boards, such as junior front end developer jobs that are available. This can make it much easier to find new roles that are well suited to your experience level, and can also make it much easier to apply to multiple roles.
Sharpen Hard & Soft Skills
The developer job market can be very competitive, which is why it’s important to sharpen your hard and soft skills to stand out from the crowd. Strong programming skills are key, but you also need strong software skills to thrive in this industry. On top of this, soft skills such as communication, teamwork, time-management, and presentation skills are all key and should be worked on too. Don’t forget to also make sure these skills are represented on your CV so that hiring managers can easily see why your skillset is a great fit for the role.
The interview stage is the hardest part, and usually the one that causes the most stress. You can reduce (some) stress with preparation, so you should practice interviews with friends or family to prepare yourself. It is also a smart idea to get feedback from your interviews. This can be hard to hear, but it is the best way to improve for the next one.
Hopefully, these job hunting tips will prove to be useful for developers and help you to find your next position before long. It can be tough out there, but you need to keep going and find ways to stand out from the crowd.