When you’re looking for a new role in tech, sending out CVs might feel like a productive step. But, in reality, simply sending over a list of skills on its own isn’t guaranteed to encourage employers to contact you. The chances are you’re one of many doing exactly the same thing. You need to do something to make yourself stand out from the pack.
In this blog, we help you get Switched:ON to whether CVs still hold as much value as they used to in tech recruitment today, examining ways to craft a job application that givesemployers even more of an incentive to bring you in for an interview.
Get an “in”
In the tech industry, it’s often much easier to show your skills to someone or talk about them whilst referring to supporting material around you. A written CV can back up what you’re saying, but it may not offer much to help your cause as a standalone document.
To prove what you can do, you need an “in” – an opportunity to talk to someone, in person,inside the company. This way, whilst all the other applicants slog through the ordinary application procedure, you’re already several steps in front – enjoying invaluable facetime with a company executive.
But how do you get this “in”? What’s the secret to securing an interview before rival applicants?
Simply put – it’s a case of who you know. And at ON:iT Recruitment, we know all the big tech businesses. Our team are on terrific terms with key people across the sector, and if anyone can offer you a shortcut to an interview room – it’s us.
Have examples of your work at the ready
Qualifications are as important on a CV as a name or address, but tech employers might not be quite as interested in academic talent as they are in practical skills.
Indeed, the role may involve a wide variety of tasks which no single qualification fully covers. Employers may be eager to see how the candidate applies themselves, rather than what they might have got in a maths exam when they were 16.
That’s why it’s always good to volunteer to do a trial task for any role you’re applying to, but most importantly of all, make your application, emails, and CV interactive. Post links to any completed projects you might have on the web.
Not only will this prove you are qualified, it will reflect the fact that you’ve put some effort into your application and really want the job.
Be prepared to jump ON:LiNE
A lot of companies are increasingly making the move to remotely conducting their interviews. Gone are the days of selling your skills over the phone in your pyjamas – your future employer may want to watch the interview again at a later date, and conducting it in a virtual meeting room also saves time for both them and you.
Our ON:LiNE service allows employers to ask first-stage questions and record your answers.It also allows them to conduct a live interview, similar to one that would normally be held at their offices, so make sure that you can present yourself in a clear and comfortable manner on camera.
Practice your video interview skills on your own, or rope in a friend to help you. Record the process so that you can look back on your performance and analyse it from an employer’s point of view.
Take care also to dress appropriately, and make sure that you set yourself up with your computer in a quiet location with good lighting.
Get your job application just right with ON:iT
Our recruitment specialists know their stuff when it comes to job applications. We keep on top of all the latest trends and attitudes across the tech industry, and we know which types of company prefer certain approaches.
The bottom line is that CVs are still important as skill-showing documents, but they’re not your only tool to prove to employers what you’re really all about.
Get in touch with our team for more advice on how to tailor your application to any particular position and give yourself the best chance of landing a great role.