You’ve spent time and effort in becoming a software engineer. Now you want to find a job doing it!

Easier said than done, right?

If you are having difficulty finding software engineering jobs, or if you are about to look for the first time, we’ve got good news.

We’ve put together a list of four steps you can take to find the right software engineering job for you!

Sound interesting? Keep reading to find out more!

Get Your Resume and Cover Letter Game On

You might think your resume is a formality or an outdated list of things that people don’t actually need anymore.

That’s actually not true. The resume is still an essential way for job seekers to get a sense of who you are, what you’ve done, and if you might fit well at their company.

Treat your resume and cover letter as a sales pitch. Are you a cybersecurity engineer? Then imagine you’re in the room pitching why you’re the right one for them!

First, make sure it’s a good match for the prospective job. That doesn’t mean making things up, of course.

If you know the job you are applying for, you can highlight different parts of yourself and your experience to match what the employer wants. Don’t forget to focus on the personal aspects of it.

A resume isn’t only a list of items. It’s a chance to show the kinds of challenges you’ve overcome, the great ideas you’ve developed at previous jobs, and any awards and commendations you’ve received.

Harness the Power of Social Media

Social media isn’t only for liking photos of your friends. It’s a vital component of getting (and losing!) jobs.

First, make sure to look through your social media presence and get rid of things that employers might see as red flags. There’s no reason to lose a job because you tweeted about your love for booze in your 20’s. 

One survey showed that 77% of employers look up the social media life of prospective applicants, so it’s worth cleaning yours up. 

Next, focus your attention on a career site, like LinkedIn. 

Ramp up your profile to make sure it highlights your accomplishments in software engineering. Connect with other software engineers. Connect with hiring managers at companies you’d like to work at.

Find Creative Ways to Bypass HR

We’re not advocating showing up at a CEO’s house. You need to be polite and respectful of any potential people you are looking to work for.

It’s also good to keep in mind that many HR departments are understaffed and busy. It can be hard to stand out in the pile of resumes they might have on their desks. 

Do some research at the company to find out who you might work for if you got hired, and see about contacting them directly. 

You can also find the IT director on LinkedIn and contact them directly there. Be creative!

Follow Up

If you send your resume in but don’t hear back, it doesn’t mean it’s over. 

They might have a lot going on, or maybe your resume got lost in the shuffle.

There’s nothing wrong with sending polite follow-ups to software engineering companies to make sure they received your resume. 

And remember to be patient if it takes them a while to get back to you!

Keep Going After Those Software Engineering Jobs!

Hopefully, this primer is a good start for you to find software engineering jobs. Be patient, creative, and polite. Soon you’ll be working!

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