7 Steps to Help You Land Your Dream Role in Software
The COVID-19 pandemic and reaction to it has proved that remote software engineer jobs are here to stay. Indeed, even before COVID-19, remote work was increasing in popularity. When working from home you benefit from many advantages, including:
- Greater flexibility to take breaks when it suits you
- An environment that is more conducive to your personal productivity
- No distractions
- No commuting
- Lower costs
- Less stress
- More time to spend doing the things you love to do
With so many benefits of working from home, it is no surprise that more people are seeking remote work opportunities. Increased competition for remote software engineer jobs is tough on you as you seek the ideal role to improve your work/life balance. Which is why we’ve put together these tips to help you tip the scales in your favor.
1. Upgrade Your Online Profile
Organizations that employ remote software engineers tend to do their research. They will seek out your online profile. It pays to conduct a monthly audit of your online profile – especially your professional profile on LinkedIn – to ensure that it is current and correct.
Review where you were a month ago, and add in new skills, experience, and projects undertaken to give potential employers the complete picture. While updating your online professional profile, make sure that your personal profiles don’t contain any content that you would rather potential employers not see.
2. Broaden and Improve Your Online Network
Effective networking is crucial. By getting involved in relevant online conversations and groups, and being helpful by sharing your experience and expertise, you will develop your online network and other people’s knowledge of your subject authority.
Consider creating content to post online and encourage others to comment as you build effective conversations.
3. Improve Your Skillset
Employers need their remote software engineers to be self-starters: highly motivated, self-disciplined time management experts. By using some of your free time to take courses and improve your skillset, you will demonstrate all these qualities.
Don’t limit new skills to technical expertise. There are many transferable skills that you can upgrade, including interpersonal skills, proficiency in foreign languages, presentation skills, etc. Many of these softer skills will make you more attractive to potential employers.
4. Keep Your Resume Up to Date
While you are updating your online profile, don’t neglect your resume. Make sure that you include your latest experience and your newly obtained skills. There are many online resources to help you build modern, clean, and effective resumes – so that your resume does the job it needs to: grab and keep the reviewer’s attention.
5. Organize Your Home Workspace
Be prepared to work from home by organizing a dedicated workspace. Make sure that it is separated from the rest of your home – if not in a separate room, then set apart with a room divider – and that it has the equipment you need.
You’ll be meeting employers virtually, so make certain that you have a good webcam and microphone, and that the software you use enables you to work remotely. Be ready to explain to employers your routines that help you work productively from home.
6. Reach Out to Your Network
If you want a new challenge, use your network. Let it be known that you are seeking new opportunities to expand in a role as a remote software engineer. People know people: use the strength of their networks.
7. Make Job hunting Part of Your Daily Routine
Finding a new job is a job itself. Create a routine in which you set aside time to search for a new job each day. Treat it as a project, with set tasks to complete (e.g. reaching out to your network, updating your resume, contacting recruitment specialists, etc.). Your effort will be rewarded.
The number of remote software engineer jobs is increasing, but so, too, is your competition. The seven steps above will help you land your ideal role as a remote software engineer.
For greater penetration and access to some of the best opportunities for remote software engineers, submit your resume to Kofi Group. We promise to reach out to you within 24 to 48 hours.