How to Find Your Dream Job in Tech Right Now
With the constant movement of the job market, it can feel like you’re trying to navigate an impossible landscape. What is the best opportunity for you? How do you compete with other job-seekers to stand out from the crowd?
What’s more: Search volume shows that people are anxious about an impending possible recession and rising tech company layoffs. Analyzing Google search volume in July, we found that over 40,500 people were searching “tech layoffs” compared to 480 last year, and the search has increased by 3,015% in the past few months.
Other trending Google search data shows:
With so much uncertainty, it can be difficult to figure out what your next move is, figure out who is hiring (hint: we are), or even how to prepare in the event your company decides to downsize.
Helpful resources for job hunting
The good news? There are tons of digital resources (with more emerging each day) available to help job seekers—and those recently laid off—find new positions that are the perfect fit.
The obvious first place to look is on job boards. Outside of your standard big name networks—Indeed , Monster , Glassdoor , ZipRecruiter —seek out niche job boards that fit criteria you’re searching for. WeWorkRemotely is the largest remote work community in the world. Coroflot has a job board for all types of design specialists. Seek out job boards that align with your specialty and employment needs to tap into listings with a more specialized pool of applicants.
Social media has continued to provide creative new ways to connect job seekers and hiring managers. Hop over to Twitter and dig into the vast world of hiring hashtags. From the simple #hiring, #jobopportunity, and #applynow to more role-specific options like #hiringseo #marketingjobs there are endless hashtags to explore that will help connect you with job opportunities outside of your immediate social networks.
A recent trend on LinkedIn are layoff lists that provide data on companies that have announced layoffs to companies looking to hire. Additionally, in recent weeks, a popular trend has emerged: Individuals who have been unaffected by layoffs are offering up their networks and connections to those in their network who have recently been laid off. These posts generate a great deal of traction when engagement spikes and reach expands exponentially to their followers’ networks and so on. Make sure you are making the most of your connections—and your connections’ connections.
Following the trend of exploring hyper-specific pockets of the internet to narrow down your job search, Slack communities are a great way to grow your network and discover opportunities within your specialty area. OnlineGeniuses outlined the top 14 ways to find open Slack communities. Keep your eyes peeled for recommendations on social media and Reddit, and reach out to folks you know for recommendations.
Alumni networks are a great resource to leverage when seeking a new employment opportunity, no matter how long it has been since you’ve graduated. Don’t forget about associations for continuing education for skill-building and certificate programs. They can often connect you one step closer with roles that align with your specialty.
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