By Rosaleen McMeel
In today’s fast-paced landscape of emerging technologies and workplace transformations, tech workers continue to be in high demand, but competition for the best talent remains just as fierce.
At a recent Tech HR event in Indeed’s London HQ, industry leaders agreed there’s a new opportunity for non-tech name brands and small employers alike to make the most of skilled tech talent.
While widespread layoffs hit Big Tech at the beginning of the year, jobs in smaller companies are plentiful, and present an exciting opportunity to be part of big digital transformations taking place across Europe, and in every part of our economy.
Here, some HR leaders reveal some of the ways you can ensure your CV always gets considered.
Ensuring your cover letter shines in a sea of candidates with similar experience can be difficult.
Outlining your goals and objectives with the company and role is a good starting point, says Amy Hobley, Executive Recruitment Manager at Sopra Steria, a software company that employs 46,000 people worldwide.
“A strong mission statement, what you are looking for, what’s your purpose, what are you hoping to achieve from your next role,” recommends Hobley.
“You might not have all the experience but if you’re willing to learn, grow, develop and pick up new skills, that sets you a good foundation”.
While job candidates are focused on measuring up to the skills required for a role, Hobley notes that aligning your values with the companies can also make a big difference when it comes to shortlisting candidates at the interview stage.
“We always ask how their experience aligns with our values. That tends to bring out what’s important to them. We’re very passionate about culture, empathy and doing the right thing, as well as social values. How we differentiate ourselves in the market against our competitors. We tend to ask questions around that”.
Keep it real
While ChatGPT may feel like a useful timesaver for candidates eager to hit the right notes with their applications, recruiters are getting frustrated by the amount of AI-generated CVs flooding their inboxes.
“You can always tell because [the answers] are numbered, they use the same words such as ‘furthermore’, ‘in conclusion’ and Americanised spellings,” said Vicky Parkin, Tech Recruiter at ITV.
Monica Berry, who works in talent acquisition at a leading UK e-commerce business agrees.
“You can really tell when somebody has done an AI CV. I was looking at a couple of CVs that had come through and there was a candidate who was a £22k-a-year candidate and they had written their CV like they were a head of department,” she said.
“I’m asking, respectfully, to send pre-AI, real CVs because it gives a truer reflection of what you’ve done and what you’re like,” Berry added.
“Candidates are being pushed to use AI to come across as more professional but what you end up with is people with minimal experience using AI to bulk up their CVs and it’s probably working for them in terms of getting interviews but then you get to the interview and they’re not as good as they say they are”.
Join the dots
Tech workers can often be in such a hurry to extol their own skills and experiences they neglect other ways they can show what sets them apart from their competition.
“Great candidates show that they appreciate our customer experience in tandem with having a growth mindset (and) focus on the continued development of our products, engineering capabilities, processes and systems,” said Denise Hayes, chief people officer at DigitalWell, an Irish-based full-service IT and communications provider.
“They will also enjoy working in a highly collaborative team environment, where they can be themselves and have some fun along the way”.
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