How to land a job.
(as a software engineer)
Whew! The last few months sure have been crazy! I have completed 2 more classes toward my Masters of Information Systems Management with only one left. My blogging activity has been on hold while I finished classes but I’m back and I’m here to talk about How to land a job!
Why should you listen to me? Well honestly you probably shouldn’t I don’t know what I am talking about! I am not any sort of authority on this subject. One thing that I do know though the hardest part of anything is getting started and one of the reasons people do not start things is because they don’t know how! So if you are in that boat and are looking for advice / a plan / how some other regular Joe does it.. Read on.
A note about this blog.
While I am still going to focus on technical articles. Today I am starting a series on advancing my career or How to land a job. I can hear opportunity a knockin’ and it is time to open the door! I hope that this effort helps you to organize your own job search.
One thing that I have learned over the last few years is that the job market has changed. It can be difficult to find a new job when everyone is online and can apply for a job with a single click. When you have been in a comfortable position for years. You can find yourself lacking newer skills, an updated and compelling resume, and lacking a professional network. After a long time of not being in the market you might find you forgot How to land a job!
In this series, I will document and organize the steps that I am taking to find myself that perfect opportunity. I will detail the steps I am taking to give myself the best chance at getting noticed.
So sit back, read along and if you have any advice / questions or input please let them in the comment section below.
So let’s start with some of the things that I are immediately obvious to someone who is thinking about how to land a job.This is a short list and I will delve into what I know about each topic in the coming days.
- Update your resume.
- Update your LinkedIn profile.
- Connect with people!
- Give out some recommendations.
- Request some recommendations.
- Make sure that you are tagged as in the market.
- Advertise yourself on Social Media.
- Do a skills inventory.
- Update your resume again.
- Set up Job Alerts on at least 2 job hunting sites.
- Put together a baseline Cover Letter.
- Research the systems that companies are using to screen (out) your application.
- Create a strategy for how you will not be screened out.
- Put together a learning plan.
Over the next few day I will tackle all of these topics and expand this list. Take care and happy hunting. As I said earlier, if you have any advice (or know of any opportunities! ) leave me a comment to feel free to reach out to me.