Be attractive throughout your career

3/10/2022

Being attractive throughout one's career is a particularly important issue in the tech industry. Do you feel that your career lacks attractiveness and you would like to change that? In this article, you will learn how to to overcome this lack of dynamism at a lower cost. The tips we give you involve very little effort and will make your career appear in a whole new light. The hardest part is getting started!

The recipe for a dynamic career
Everything you need to do to have a dynamic career

The bottom line

 - A career assessment is necessary when you feel that you have acquired skills but that they are not certified and therefore not recognized at their true value.

- No matter what your status is, being in tune with the market is essential if you want to stay in the race and be recognized for your contributions to the company.

- Training is a very effective way to make your career attractive. It quickly increases your skills and sets you apart from others.

Define your strengths and areas for improvement

In order to make your career attractive, especially in the tech field, it is important that you do some introspective work, both on a personal and professional level. 

This will allow you to know what your strengths are and what you need to strengthen. These can be technical (or academic) skills or relational and personal skills. It can be about time management, the way you accept feedbacks, your ability to delegate to your team some missions...

What is important in this work on yourself is to be able to determine what you are good at but also what needs to be worked on. This will help you a lot, especially during interviews. 

In the tech sector in particular, it is very important to ask yourself this question on a regular basis to stay competitive in a fast-moving market. Whether you are specialized in a tech sub-field or generalist, you must take the time to learn continuously. 

Stay up to date with the latest developments in the tech sector by following blogs such as HackerNews, Techcrunch or even Recode.  

When you are looking for a new job, the employer may also ask you this question in an interview. This will allow them to know if the position is a good fit for you and if you will easily integrate into the team. 

Do a career assessment

Also known as a skills assessment, a career assessment allows you to take stock of how far you've come since you left school. There is a big gap between your last diploma and the person you are today!

It is now within your grasp to use software that did not exist when you were a student, the mistakes you have made have allowed you to integrate the procedure to follow in similar situations... The skills acquired during your professional experience are very valuable!

You have held several positions or fulfilled different missions during your years in the working world. It's time to show it off! Thanks to the skills assessment, you will have this expertise recognized and make your profile more attractive. This is a real asset when you have to sell yourself to a potential employer.

In the tech industry, for example, you may be required to move more and more towards management positions. The skills assessment allows you to highlight your soft skills to help you show them off during interviews

 

How does a career assessment work? It is generally composed of three major parts. 

 The stages of the career assessment
Career assessment, a key step to be attractive throughout your career
  1. First, a preliminary interview takes place with a coach to define your objectives and expectations for this assessment.
  2. Then comes the time to take stock of your acquired skills.
  3. Finally, the coach's feedback . Of course, this assessment is entirely yours and remains confidential. You are the only one who can choose to disclose it. 

 

It is also important to remember that the skills assessment is eligible for the personal training account.

Listening to the market

Listening to the market does not mean actively looking at job offers as if you were looking for a new job. That would be a waste of time for little gain... Instead, we suggest an active monitoring activity to be carried out even while you are in your job. 

 

Should I leave my position? Should I move internally? Knowing your value on the job market can help you renegotiate your contract because you know what you are worth. 

Your employer will know that if they want to keep you, it's in their best interest that your contract and benefits match your skills. This is especially key in the tech sector, where good profiles are particularly prized. The supply is so great that employers are scrambling to employ the best. 

If you work in tech, you must get offers from recruiters very regularly. Even if you don't necessarily want to change jobs today, keep an eye out for benefits and compensation offers to make a case to your employer. 

 

Listening to the market also allows you to prepare for your annual evaluation with your manager. You will both be able to go deeper into the analysis of your career development perspectives by starting an informed discussion of your previous thoughts. 

Finally, if you want to change jobs, don't hesitate to contact a recruitment agency specialized in the tech sector that will listen to your career desires and help you find projects that match your needs. 

On Bluecoders, for example, you can both be accompanied by a coach specialized in tech jobs and find job offers that match your profile. Our coaches know what they are talking about and are used to accompanying tech profiles - they will therefore be able to advise you in the best possible way. 

To be trained

You have identified your areas of improvement and this meticulous introspection has allowed you to realize that you would like to develop your career?

All that's left is to take the plunge and start a training program that will allow you to reach your goal.

The use of training can have several objectives and in particular that of giving a certain dynamism to your career, finding meaning in what you do and thus avoiding boredom. We recommend that you train again and again so that you are never overwhelmed by current events.

The job and tech market is constantly evolving. If only to avoid being outdated, it is important to train regularly and stay competitive. 

At the beginning of your career, the missions are mainly operational, but this evolves very quickly towards missions that call more on your soft skills. These skills can be acquired through training.

The most popular training courses for companies are BackEnd and FrontEnd Web development, but also pure programming with languages such as Java or Python. Finally, everything related to the Big Data business is particularly valued. 

Training also has benefits that you might not think of at first: it allows you to meet other employees like yourself and to build your network.

 

Joining a training course is very simple since with your training account, you can register for any type of training (short and long). 

The training account is automatically credited each year thanks to the time you have worked. You can also choose to start with a short training course and decide to continue it.

In case your training account is not enough, it is also possible to have your training financed by your employer or by Pôle Emploi.

Formal training is not the only training worthwhile! Self-directed training is just as valuable because it provides you with skills that you can easily put to use (and even have them recognized through a skills assessment later on).

If you don't know where to find easily accessible training, here are some ideas to get you started:

- https://formation.datascientest.com/

- https://www.my-mooc.com/fr/categorie/data-science

- https://www.wildcodeschool.com/

And of course, the one we don't mention anymore, the most used site for training in tech: https: //openclassrooms.com

Keeping up to date with tech news

The world of work is evolving rapidly and so are the tools used: new software is appearing. It is necessary for today's worker to be reactive

This is especially true for tech workers and developers in particular, since new software releases are frequent. 

By keeping up to date with the latest technology and being able to work on the latest and best software, you have a significant added value on the job market.

The tech market is an excessively fast-moving market, faster than any market. It is also the most saturated market, which means that good tech is valuable. To increase your value in the market in a snap, keeping up with the news is paramount.

How to keep up to date with tech news? Here are a few sites that allow you to keep up to date with the latest tech releases:

You can also keep up to date with tech news by staying in touch with recruiters. They will know better than anyone how the market is evolving, in terms of salaries and the most sought-after specializations. 

The tech recruiter, someone who knows the market and is used to looking for specific profiles like yours, is the best person to give you the keys to find your place in the tech market.

Projecting for the long term 

A person with an attractive career is a person who knows where he or she is going. This is why the following question is frequently asked in interviews: " Where do you see yourself in five years?

With this question, the employer can verify that you have a vision compatible with that of the company. At Bluecoders, this is one of our priorities! Your profile must correspond to the expectations of the position, but you must also be able to project yourself into the company, and its culture must correspond to your vision. 

In the same way, it is important for you to discuss the company's culture to ensure that it corresponds to your values and aspirations.

 

It should be noted thathiring is expensive. That's why the employer wants to make sure that he is right to hire you because you will stay. 

A new employee needs to be trained, this costs the company money and time. This effort must be worth it. 

Within the company, the employer wants to see you evolve and develop your talents over the long term in order to make you an autonomous element who will want to stay with the company. 

In the long term, you can also turn to a consulting firm that will be able to advise you to give the color you want to your career. The firm will look for positions that are in line with the person you are and the projects you have.

Find out what differentiates you from the competition

Why you and not someone else? Some of you may have already faced this question without really knowing how to answer. It is legitimate for a company to want to make sure that you are the candidate who makes the difference!

 

Again, build on your strengths to show how you are the best at what you do and why they need you.

If you are specialized in one area, that also works in your favor. It's all about finding out what makes you unique in the job market.

 

You are lucky to be in a shortage market where there are more job offers than candidates. Job offers blossom every day on websites because the demand is strong, companies are looking for profiles like yours! Seize this opportunity and stand out from other candidates. 

The turning point of your career is at hand.

 

No matter what your status is, whether you are a developer or if you work in another tech professionit is important to keep up to date keep up to date with the job market. The job market is changing rapidly and you don't want to be left out when it's easily avoidable.

 

In order to make your career as attractive as possibleTo make your career as attractive as possible, put forward your strong points, work on what deserves to be worked on and you will see that recruiters will only have eyes for you.

To keep you, your employer will even have to work harder.

At Bluecoderswe are used to help developers to boost their career. To learn more, please contact us.

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