How to stand out when hunting for a job in tech

Hunting for a new job in tech can feel like a tough task. You have to find the perfect role, meet the criteria and nail the application (not to mention the interview process that follows – but that’s another story).

If you really want to secure your dream tech gig you need to stand out from the crowd. In this competitive job market, hiring managers will often receive hundreds of applications for each role, so you have to do what you can.

They will only choose a select few to interview. So, how do you guarantee that you make the cut? Follow our top tips for standing out from the crowd.

Find their pain points

Tech companies hire people with solutions. Every single business from a startup to a multinational corporation will have problems and issues that need solving. If you really want to stand out from the crowd, find the company’s pain points.

Perhaps you’ve noticed a flaw in their website design or you’ve thought of a better way to run their service. Tell them. A good hiring manager will be impressed with your proactive approach.

Attend industry events

Networking is a great way to meet relevant people in tech, which will get your name out there. It’s important to attend industry-specific events and seminars. Product director and co-founder of YADA Events, Mehram Sumray-Roots, advises professionals to:

”Be yourself! Be vibrant, bubbly and someone we can’t miss. With the industry we are in, we need people that are confident and can stand out in a crowd.”

Keep your bio up-to-date

This one might seem a little obvious, but it’s so important. Update your LinkedIn every couple of months, so people know what you’ve been up to. Whether you’ve adopted new technical skills, accomplished something significant in your current role or undertaken special training.

Your soft skills are important: they determine your emotional intelligence and whether or not you will fit in with the company culture. Don’t overlook them!

Be enthusiastic

Seems obvious, but if you’ve applied for loads of jobs in the past it’s easy to become complacent. Perhaps you didn’t research the company properly, or maybe you cut corners preparing your interview questions. That’s a big no-no.

Tech companies are looking for grafters and self-starters, who can keep up with the pace and want to make a difference. They want that enthusiasm from candidates.

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