Q: I'm a senior developer and I've just found out that my company plans to lay off my department because of the Coronavirus crisis. I know I'm one of many techies who are looking for work now, so I want to know the best way to come out of this on top?
This is a tough time for many in the tech industry. There is a great deal of uncertainty about what the economy will be like once we come through Covid-19.
But there are things you can do both in the short and long term to build up your profile and stand out to employers.
1) Update your CV
This one seems obvious, but there are so many people who apply for jobs through Client Server who submit CVs that are often wildly out of date. You will save yourself plenty of time if your applications include an up-to-date CV.
Make sure the CV includes the latest employment info and your big achievements in each of your roles. Employers are going to be scrutinising applications a lot closer than before, so it's not enough to include a list of responsibilities. You need to big-up your successes.
2) Get back on GitHub
Started working on some open source projects a few years back and haven't documented anything since? Time to nip that in the bud.
Many employers like to see their developers working on projects outside of work. It shows they're passionate and that they have an interest in developing and growing their skillset.
The best way to show this is an active GitHub account. Take time to fill in details about projects you've worked on and contribute to others as well. Get into the habit of updating your GitHub account every time you complete something outside of work.
3) Sort your LinkedIn account out
We know LinkedIn isn't every developer's cup of tea, but it can be an incredibly useful tool for attracting potential employers. Ensure your profile photo is professional and recent (nobody wants to see your passport pic from 2008). Update your employment history - lift your achievements from your CV and put them here. Include a link to your GitHub and make sure to include any accolades and testimonials.
4) Call the Client Server tech team that suits your profile best
At Client Server, we're proud to have teams of specialist tech recruitment teams. So, if you're a Java, C++, Front End, or C# developer, we have a passionate team of specialist recruiters working on those specific roles. Even in this current climate, we are recruiting for companies who are eager for tech talent, and can complete the entire application and onboarding process remotely. Visit our website to find the team that suits you best.
This is a tough time for everyone, but it's not the end of the line. Put your best Git forward and take advantage.