You've got all the right skills on your resume but still can't find the right job. Use these six job search tips to amp up your search and make the right career move.
Be prepared to prove your skills.
If you put an acronym or technical skill on your resume, be prepared to show you know what you're talking about. That means more than being able to explain what the acronym stands for. More and more companies will probe your technical skills in detail, either by having you complete an online exam or by answering tough questions at your interview. It's fine to brush up before the interview—it's even fine to admit during an interview that you need to brush up. But don’t claim skills you don't have. Even if you somehow fake it through the interview, if you get hired, but can't get the work done, you'll be looking for another job.
Expect a blind audition.
Performers aren't the only ones who need to audition for work, but those auditions are often more about appearance than talent. In technology, companies are turning to blind auditions to make sure they focus on talent and to avoid discrimination.
Meet coders and employers at hackathons.
Hackathons are a great way to learn and build skills, and they're also great for making connections. If you participate in a hackathon, you may have an "in" with a corporate sponsor. You'll also get to know other coders who may be able to recommend you for opportunities with their company.
Don't chase the hot technologies.
There's plenty of opportunity on the trailing edge, not just the leading edge. It may not be as glamorous as Hadoop, but knowing Cobol is still needed for plenty of tech jobs. While you may want to hold out for working with new technology, if your job search is taking longer than you'd like, consider looking for a position that works with more established tools.
Practice your people skills.
Even technical jobs require interacting with other people, and most companies will assess your interpersonal abilities as well as your technical chops. Behavioral interviews go beyond asking what you've done and the technical tools you've worked with to probe how you handle situations.
It gets frustrating to go to interview after interview, but it's important to keep your energy up. Employers want to hire someone who's excited to come to work every day, someone who cares about the work, not just the paycheck. Make sure you express your enthusiasm for the business and project, and that you can see yourself making contributions there long term. Companies want to hire people who'll stick around—they don't enjoy the search process any more than you do.