With 310% growth in Brazil in 2020, according to data from Valor Investe, information technology (IT) job vacancies have been irreversibly boosted in the market since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, growing 1.2% and opening of 70,000 jobs per year due to the need to expand the operations of businesses and professionals in the home office and work-from-home regime – requiring investment in IT.
The evaluation is by specialist Christina Curcio, PhD and Masters in Technology and founder of Icon Talent, a company that selects talent and carries out selection processes for clients in all segments. With 23 years of experience in IT, she lists below six essential tips for those looking for a place in the market.
1) Attractive profile and updated curriculum
Many IT professionals wonder what makes their social media profile more attractive to recruiters. First, you need to keep an updated portfolio of projects, as well as your resume and LinkedIn profile.
Up-to-date information also includes contacts and professional references to facilitate the search for people recruiting on specialized sites. In addition, objectivity in the description of the desired activities and positions, with details about the courses, certifications, languages and professional experiences, in addition to the average salary claim, are valuable tips. It is important that the candidate is “open to work”, looking for new vacancies, updating his professional information and sharing his contact number.
2) Search for the best vacancies
The candidate should always evaluate the best opportunities by listing the companies and positions of interest.
Do not register for a vacancy or waste your time
Search for recruiting and selection professionals and send your updated resume to job openings you know are open. In addition, always state the vacancies for which you have applied. Unfortunately, some companies create “fake profiles” of job openings in search of a resume bank. Always look for the websites of companies that have updated positions on their sites.
3) Outside the comfort zone
For those who do not have much experience in the IT field, the tip is to strengthen the training and communication aspects. Focus your efforts on knowledge outside the IT field. Take courses on events and conferences on market technologies, take courses on these technologies, study English and speak excellent Portuguese.
Develop a portfolio of projects, always study and leave the comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to sell yourself as a professional and proactively introduce yourself to recruiters.
4) Soft skills on the rise
Investing in so-called soft skills is fundamental to the personal and emotional side of the professional and strengthens the team relationship that is reflected in the delivery of jobs.
A more balanced professional is able to prioritize, reinforce his strengths, minimize his weaknesses, and not be easily shaken up by day-to-day pressures and conflicts.
In addition to teamwork and emotional intelligence, soaring softs skills include:
Creativity, communication, flexibility, adaptability, autonomy, dynamism, resilience, proactivity, problem solving, critical sense, leadership and ownership
5) Study a foreign language
With the formalization of remote working, many opportunities are now opening up by Brazil and especially in other countries. The need to speak English or Spanish is more than a reality.
Even if you are not fluent in English, it is important for the candidate to be able to communicate well and not to be ashamed of not knowing one sentence or the other when conducting an interview.
Assessors often observe the candidate’s application and commitment when attempting to conduct the interview in English
It is normal for languages that are not spoken or practiced to be forgotten by professionals. So don’t be ashamed and do your best, because recruiters take this into account. It is normal for many candidates to be nervous when conducting an interview in another language. So relax, train and continue studying!
6) What not to do in a selection process
Speaking bad about the companies you worked for
Incomplete or outdated curriculum
Fail to deliver the technical test or delay delivery
Delay or unpreparing for the interview
Increase your knowledge about a technology
Lack of emotional control during the interview
Have no practice in the language described in the curriculum
Lack of professional references
Vague or very long responses
Deviating salary claim in the interview