It takes approximately five months, from interview to offer, to secure a new job, and according to online resume builder Zety, only 10% of job applications result in interviews, and job seekers need to send between 30-50 resumes to get hired.
If a new job is on your new year agenda, relying on previous methods won't help you maximise your search, especially if you started your search in 2023 and your efforts stalled. Simply identifying your goals for the year ahead won’t work either––because if you really want to make a change you have to implement real, tangible changes.
1. Get organised
Keeping track of your applications and any research you’ve done on companies prior to submitting your CV is a great way to streamline the job hunt process. From a colour-coded Trello board to a simple Excel sheet, there are lots of ways to keep a record of every job you’re applying for, allowing you to follow up accordingly and access all this information if you get called for an interview.
2. Level up
While detailing all your skills and experience is an essential part of crafting a stellar CV, focusing on keywords in job descriptions and weaving them into your resume is essential if you want to get as many eyes as possible on your application.
That’s because companies are increasingly relying on applicant tracking systems (ATS) to speed up the recruitment process. So, if your CV doesn’t contain the right search terms, it won’t get through the first round of review. A leaked memo from Amazon recently revealed that the organisation has been developing AI software to screen applicants, replacing internal recruiters in the process. Additionally, 99% of Fortune 500 Companies are believed to use ATS software.
Your filing system is in place and individual CVs have been sent… Now what? This isn’t the time to sit back and take your foot off the pedal. Instead, identify ways you can tap into your professional network. With in-person networking predicted to return to 2019 levels this year and beyond, January is the perfect time to get some coffee dates in the diary and sign yourself up for bigger networking events.
Tech bootcamps are proving increasingly popular with experienced tech workers who want to brush up on their coding skills or gain more knowledge in the emerging fields of AI, machine learning, AR, blockchain and cybersecurity. Whether you commit to a short course taking place over a couple of weeks or can delve into a longer-term programme, any kind of additional learning will instantly make you more employable.
Ironhack has locations in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon, Madrid and Paris and also offers online courses, while Code Institute, Europe’s only university credit-rated coding bootcamp, located in Dublin, Ireland delivers online courses along with career support.
Ready to put your best foot forward and change your career path in 2023? The Tech EU Job Board has hundreds of opportunities in tech, like the three jobs below.
Backend Engineer PHP - Industry m/f/d, Deezer, Paris
From a French tech start-up created in 2007, Deezer has become one of the first French unicorns and the second largest independent music streaming platform in the world. The company is currently recruiting a Backend Engineer PHP to work on the Deezer for Creators tool to provide analytics and insights. You’ll be tasked with defining long term backend architecture and work closely with tech leaders, frontend engineers and QA and product managers to ensure product quality by tackling bugs and requests from the customer care team. You’ll need two years’ experience as a PHP backend engineer, good knowledge of LAMP stack and good experience in engineering best practices. If this sounds like the role for you, see the full job spec here.
Program Manager, N26, Berlin
As a Program Manager at German neobank N26 you will have the unique opportunity to drive critical strategic programs and be a key player in the implementation of change management strategies. Day-to-day this involves establishing the project management risk portfolio, leading complex and cross-functional programmes with both internal and external stakeholders and leverageing different data sources to provide valuable insights to N26 leadership to drive the creation of focus areas and strategies. Although based in Berlin, this role requires fluency in English, verbally and in writing, although German is a big plus. You’ll also have four years’ experience project managing and previous experience in banking or fintech. Apply now.
(Senior) Software Engineer with focus on Security, TeamViewer, Berlin
TeamViewer is a leading global technology company that provides a connectivity platform to remotely access, control, manage, monitor, and repair devices of any kind, from laptops and mobile phones to industrial machines and robots. As a (Senior) Software Engineer with a focus on security, you’ll work closely with other development teams to engineer new features to improve existing security concepts and design, develop and maintain respective technical solutions to address abuse in TeamViewer products. You’ll need a degree in computer science or equivalent work experience along with three years’ of professional experience in a similar position, specifically focussed on security issues and excellent knowledge of C++ and a basic understanding of Java, C# or Go. Find out more details here.
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