Hiring Managers Shares Insights To Get Your First Software Developer Job
The most important insights, shared by a senior tech recruiter, for new developers to get their first software development job.
All aspiring software developers have one question in mind: How do you land the best software development jobs out there? Tech recruiters these days look for all-rounders. In recruiter speak, that means someone who can write, text and deploy code successfully. And, on top of that, has a good understanding of SDLC (Software Development Lifecycle) processes.
When it comes to the strongest software development candidates, (especially in a startup environment), full-stack software developers are preferred. But this is not applicable in all environments.
The most important insight, according to a senior tech recruiter, for new developers to get their first software development job involves the following two areas:
1. Resume or Job Application Issues
- Most candidates just list down programming languages or technologies they are familiar with, without giving any explanation of how they have used them.
- Jobseekers should avoid basic mistakes like wrongly categorizing a programming language as a markup language.
- Emphasize a single or at most two languages. Aspiring developers should show that they can learn using new languages and tools quickly.
- Finally, the biggest mistake all new candidates make is that they are identical. At least in the eyes of the hiring manager. Most candidates fail to write about interests other than software development. Since they lack any work experience, all new aspiring developers’ resumes look the same. So it’s important to list down other interests that make one unique and memorable. For example, sports or media interests. Most hiring managers these days place a lot of importance on diverse candidate profiles.
2. Interview Issues
- Overestimating one’s skill level, or a lack of self-awareness will create a poor impression in front of tech recruiters.
- Lack of self-confidence or absence of basic interviewing skills may drive away potential job offers.
- Software development candidates often get very excited about working with some new technology instead of trying to find a role that fits them. This often leads to candidates being rejected in the interview process.
- A narrow problem-solving approach often disappoints recruiters. Most tech recruiters often discuss open-ended problems with candidates to judge their approach. So it’s advisable to always respond while keeping the big picture in mind.
If you wish to share some useful insights for software developers, feel free to comment below. You might help someone land his/her first software job!