Applying for jobs after a couple of years

You’ve graduated, you’ve completed a grad scheme or been working at a company for a couple of years and now you feel like it’s time to move on. I’ve found there are a number of reasons people decide to do this. You could be capable of doing your job in your sleep, you might have found there are limited prospects of progression, you could want to work with different technology. I can’t guess your reasons but there are plenty. Many people get poached by other companies but for those that do not, it is time to scrub up the CV and get out there.

The good news is, you have plenty of options. The 3 methods I have found most useful are putting my CV on sites like CWJobs, scouring jobs on LinkedIn and checking out local tech companies in the area.

CWJobs is pretty useful. I’ve found sites like this very useful as registering on them gets you exposure to local recruiters. Recruiters can often get you into interviews without needing to fill out application forms. They often also have access to jobs that haven’t been advertised. While these things are great, some recruiters seem to pay little attention to your CV and you should get ready to field calls for all sorts of jobs that have nothing to do with your experience. They are not all like that though and as long as you know what you’re looking for, recruiters can be fantastic help.

Plenty of jobs get posted on LinkedIn. One of the good things about this site is that you can often research the job poster and their connections at the company they are posting the job for. This can provide a vital insight. You can often see the length of time these people stay at the company and try to judge if the place would be a good fit for you.

I also google ‘tech companies in whatever town I am looking at’. Not all companies advertise their jobs on external sites. You might find great companies and jobs just around the corner from you.

Hopefully that’s enough to get you started. These are just a few of the options available to you. I’ve skimmed over them and will be going into more depth into the uses of each of them in the future.




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