Gaelen’s Advice For New Job-Seekers

Here at Recruiting Concepts, we have dedicated ourselves to very specific niche of recruiting – SharePoint and .NET programmers of the highest caliber, seeking placement with the highest-caliber companies. The companies we are seeking candidates for are expecting proven talent and experience, and we pride ourselves on finding those professionals.

This, of course, requires much scrutiny on our part. As a result, we have to turn down many young or inexperienced applicants who are looking for their entry to the professional programming world. While we’re all about fostering growth of our excellent technology and programming community, placing entry-level applicants simply isn’t something we do.

But we don’t want to leave anyone out in the cold, and as a result we find ourselves giving pep-talks and one-minute advice lectures to lots of aspiring programmers. Our founder Gaelen Kash has had this discussion many times, and we thought it was high time we get some of his advice down on paper! Well…on screen anyway. So without further ado: Gaelen’s Advice For New Job-Seekers

  • Treat it like a job – until you’ve found a job, finding a job IS your job. Treat it as such – have a schedule, stay disciplined, and be dedicated.
  • Learn about the company – the very worst thing you can do is become a cold-call applicant. If you haven’t taken the time to research a company, you have no business sending them an application. Visit their website, learn their history, know everything they’re doing.
  • Build contacts – before you make any calls, compile lists of who you need to speak to, phone numbers, and any other relevant info.
  • Make the call – sending an email and a resume won’t cut it. Call first and call back – this one is practically a given. Do not settle for leaving a message.
  • Get past the gatekeeper – the first person to pick up the phone or answer your email is in all likelihood not the person who will be making the decision on your application. Your goal is to speak to that person directly.
  • Ask questions – having questions for the company shows you’re thinking seriously about how you will fit in the company. This will be expected of you as a proactive and serious applicant.
  • For salary, think long-term – at this early stage of your career, building experience, networks, and a good reputation are far more important than $’s per year. The salary will come with the experience.
  • Be confident – know your strengths, know your potential, and show it off. If you’ve made the proactive effort and you’re a fit for the position, they should have no reason to turn you down.

To all those out there on the job hunt – keep at it and best of luck! Positions for programmers of all levels and experience are out there – it’s up to you to find them. And when you’ve developed into an experienced professional, we’ll be here to help you find that ideal position.

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