What are top employers looking for from jobseekers? Watch this on-demand webinar to hear experts from Top Employers Winning Tech Talent discuss key findings and data from Hired’s What Top Tech Employers Do Differently: New Hiring Data to Win in 2023 report. They share top tips for impressing employers and guide you in the job search.
You’ll hear from:
- Career Expert, TopResume, Amanda Augustine
- VP of Product, Hired, Hector Angulo
- Talent Acquisition Manager, Funding Circle, Dominic Heeraman
- SVP of Data, Analytics, and Machine Learning, Bark, Olly Downs
- Career Lead, Pathrise, Kass Moore
Read an excerpt of the conversation here and scroll down to access the full webinar.
How can tech jobseekers build a more responsive resume?
I particularly like targeted and specific applications. Make it specific to the role, job title of the role, the company. Make sure if you read the job spec you’re trying to add some of those things into your CV or resume. It should be well-written and well-formatted. I’m really big on presentation so really clear and concise is good.
I also like details so for example, if you spent a length of time in a role I want to see what you’ve done and your achievements. If you work in an environment where you can add facts and figures, that’s a good thing too. Quantify any of your successes. Having those details in makes it a lot easier to understand.
Two to three pages in length is fine. I’ve had some people write half a page CV and others give me a 64 page CV. Nobody has time for that. I want to see 2 to 3 pages. That’s the sweet spot.
I’ve always hired software engineers for the permanent side of things so I want to see a good length of time at a particular company – not a jumpy CV where it’s six months here or one year here. I want to see progress in people’s careers. Maybe they start as a junior engineer, then get to mid or senior engineering manager, or a senior IC.
I don’t mind if it’s sentences or bullet points as long as it’s clear and I can understand what you’ve done in your role.
I also like to see what you’ve done as an individual, not what your team has done. It’s great that you’ve achieved this in the project but what did you do? What is your contribution?
Then, obviously the tech stack. I want to make sure you use the relevant technologies in each of your roles.
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What are best practices around creating a Hired profile?
First, craft a headline that doesn’t just repeat your job title, but highlights something unique about a skill that you have or a passion. You want that to be the first impression and the lens they review the rest of your resume or experience.
Instead of saying something like “Technical Lead at X,” you can say, “Technical Lead designing scalable software for tens of millions of users” or “Expert in recommendation and personalization systems.”
If you are early in your career and don’t have an area in which you are a deep expert, show another part of your personality or abilities. Even something like you’re a “Three-time Hackathon champion” elicits thoughts of competitiveness and creativity. That adds a touch of context to the rest of your resume or profile.
This next one is really unique to Hired. It is about making sure you stand out to the right fit companies by making clear what the wrong fits are. We focus the Hired profile a lot around being upfront about your preferences: deal breakers, nice-to-haves, and must-haves.
This is to ensure you stand out to companies that are a ‘good fit,’ while avoiding ‘bad fit’ companies from reaching out in the first place and wasting anyone’s time.
We have a ton of categories but these are the three most used: remote/hybrid preferences, company size, and company industry.
Related: 6 Common FAQs from Jobseekers: Answers to Help You Prepare for & Dive Into the Job Search
Watch the full collaborative panel discussion to learn:
- Signals of a strong company culture
- How to effectively prepare for job interviews
- Ways to avoid burnout during the job search
Watch the full webinar and get insights from all the panelists.
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