Job search is a project, and every project has a goal and a plan. Your CV, cover letters and list of channels where we can look for vacancies are tools that help us achieve our goals.
No matter which search channels you choose, keep in mind:
- this list of tools is endless and there is no universal “kit”: the set of tools depends on the level, purpose, direction
- you should choose several channels and focus on them: quality beats quantity
- almost every channel can be used in two ways: passive and active
- whichever tools you choose, personalization (changing your CV based on the position requirements, personalized cover letter) is a must
Dou.ua is the most popular website among the Ukrainian IT community. This is a multifunctional service: here you can read articles, find some information about companies, check vacancies, select the events you want to visit, analyze the market (the editorial staff does a large survey once a year), including the situation during the quarantine and its impact on the life of the IT community.
A few tips:
- work on your profile – add a link to your LinkedIn page and correct contacts (I often get CVs with emails, which people check once a year)
- use the opportunity provided by dou.ua – read about the company to personalize your cover letter, look at the recruiter's name in the "administration of the company's page" tab, copy his/her email address in order to write a follow-up, if you don’t receive the answer to your application for a long time.
On dou.ua we can search only actively, that is, to apply for vacancies on our own. As a recruiter, I sometimes search on dou.ua, but really rarely. So it’s better not to hope that you can create a profile and your job will find you on its own.
Not all companies and not always publish their vacancies on third-party websites. If you have Top-5 organizations that interest you the most, I advise you to check job openings directly on the websites of these companies. In addition, I advise you not to be afraid to write to the company where your vacancy isn’t open. That's how I found my first job:) Even if the company can't offer you a job right now, when you write a personal cover letter, you can build a connection for the future.
Djinni.co is a service that allows employers and candidates to meet each other. At the same time, candidates remain anonymous until they want to open their contacts to recruiters. Companies pay a percentage of your future salary in case you are hired. If you are a junior, the company pays nothing. On djinni.co you can also find salary analytics and a section with vacancies. Recruiters who have hired Djinni candidates several times are marked with a tick, so this adds guarantees.
And some tips:
- work well on your profile
- subscribe to mail newsletters with specific vacancies
- think about salary before creating an account
- avoid stamps when you describe your experience
I haven't used employment websites (neither as a recruiter nor as a candidate) for 5 years, but when I was looking for my first job, of course, I searched there as well. A week ago, when I was helping my friend to find a job in such difficult times, I looked through employment wesites too. I was surprised that several Ukrainian outsourcing companies post vacancies for developers and even more. This means that other recruiters, unlike me, look there. On such websites as on djinni.co, we can search both passively and actively. Creating your CV here, I advise you to follow the same tips as for djinni.co.
A recruitment agency can help you find a suitable vacancy too.
Another search option is a variety of Facebook communities with vacancies. For example, Lviv IT work, Лучшая работа для лучших людей, Работа в IT-компаниях Украины.
If you work in the creative industry, then HappyMonday (website and their Telegram channel) can help you. In addition to the vacancies on this site, you will find many articles with tips on finding a job: writing a CV and a cover letter, preparation for an interview, switching to another field. We can use this tool only actively: by sending CVs following the link. The site has recently launched a new section "Make your CV better" (“Прожарка резюме” in Ukrainian): you can take the opportunity and get a feedback on your CV from the founder of HappyMonday.
Telegram channels with vacancies can be another tool for active job search and daily use. There are many of them: local, focused on a specific direction, only for recruiters. Here are some of the biggest ones: +1 IT ВАКАНСІЯ, Tech Jobs in IT.
If you are a freelancer, focus on relevant search channels – sites for part-time employees. In fact, there are much more of them than just a well-known Upwork. Remote work becomes more and more popular, and not only because of the quarantine: during the last several years I’ve heard from 10% of candidates "you are great, but I am only considering remote opportunities". There are also plenty of websites that help with finding remote work (here are 50 of them). You can also use this list of companies which hire people to work together remotely. Ukrainian non-technical remote vacancies can be checked from time to time on Workcelerator.
As a recruiter, I am not a member of any Telegram channels of engineering communities: usually they are strictly moderated so that no recruiter gets there! But when I receive a new vacancy, I ask my engineers to post it on their community's Telegram channel. I know about at least two Telegram channels in Lviv: AQA Ruby and DevOps engineers, where they discuss technical issues, share news, invite each other to events and share opportunities. Being a member of such a community is cool not only because you can find a job there: communication with colleagues, building a personal brand, sharing knowledge and cases – this is what helps us become better professionals. In addition to Telegram channels, some communities communicate on Slack channels for engineers: for example, the Pivorak community for Ruby engineers in Lviv. Here engineers share opportunities with engineers without the participation of recruiters (as in the previous example).
In general, your network (current and future) is a powerful job search channel. My other company found me through a review of a technical speaker's speech I wrote after the event on Facebook. And the more experience you get, the less often you will look for a job on your own: your job will find you thanks to your network. Building a network is a long process that requires efforts and time.
What can help you with this?
- participation in professional events, being active there: ask questions, add speakers on social networks after events, meet colleagues and companies at conferences
- experience as a volunteer in some professional communities
- working on an open-source project
- becoming a mentor for beginners on IT courses
- performing at events
To be continued…in the second part of the article:)
About the author: Iryna Sulatska,
recruiter at the American startup Matic, lecturer at Lviv IT School and Ukrainian sourcing school, author of articles on HappyMonday and SourceCon. She has been searching and finding for 6 years, and still reviews hundreds of CVs and cover letters every month. It helps beginners not only to make a good CV and to make right choices – to get "your" job.
Iryna is happy to be in touch with you on Facebook and LinkedIn .