5 Things London Based Developers Hate About Job Hunting

by Steve Campbell - Senior Talent Advocate @ talent.io

Typically, looking for a job isn’t the best of fun. To some, its like trying to find a déjà vu in the matrix code, they know pain is coming they hate it!

Let’s face it, no one likes the traditional job search process. Normally, it means that you are going to be very, very busy, stressed, frustrated, happy at times, sad at times and spending hours, days, months trying to find a new place to call home. It’s an emotional roller-coaster.

It also means that you’re going to meet a mix bag of people and companies, some offering great/remarkable experiences that wow the socks off you, others offering the complete opposite that make you want to cry inside.

Here are the 5 Things London Developers hate about job hunting:

Updating the CV or writing the cover letter.

We have all been there, you have found a great job or been approached about one, and then you need to submit a detailed updated CV and cover letter. For Developers most of them simply don’t like to write anything other than code… and many don’t have the time. Hence, you need to keep the barrier to enter your process low until they are invested and have the intent to join your company. So being comfortable using LinkedIn, Github or other online profile to start conversations is a must. Not to mention that over 55% of hiring managers consider cover letters unimportant. Wait, what? You’re making them write these and you don’t see them as important?

The long length of time it takes most companies to come to a decision.

The London Developer job market is one of the fastest most competitive in the world, and many companies don’t act like it is. We know that hiring quickly or under internal “growth at all cost” pressures isn’t in the best interest of any company, but conversely, taking what seems like months to get the job offer means that most of the time, the candidate will have a couple more offers and probably take one of them before yours because the other company has given a better and more timely experience.

The companies who never call back, give feedback or send application responses saying that you don’t’ qualify.

It’s nothing more than basic respect and good manners to not string someone along. If someone has taken the time to speak and interview with you they deserve some detailed feedback. At minimum you should send any developer a note saying they don’t qualify if they have expressed interest in joining your great company. If you don’t, when they do qualify you’re the last company we are going to consider.

Finding a job that actually sounds interesting.

Most developers read adverts and job description thoroughly and find that most are too short, a shopping list, unattractive or just technical wrong (10+ years Swift experience… when then language hasn’t been out that long!). A job description should tell about the company, their mission, the technical challenge… as well as the job and what a typical day might entail. If your job description is dry and stale, then someone will tend to think the company and job will be dry and stale too!

Being given a lengthy technical challenge or coding test before you have even spoken/meet anyone from the company.

I can understand why this happens and why companies may think it’s a great idea… you get 30 applications, just send them a test, whoever performs well is your shortlist. Sounds great yes? However, in practice it’s a poor reflection on you and your company. Asking someone to spend hours (I have heard some tests asking for 8 hours to be invested) of their personal time when you are not willing to give them any time isn’t a great start to your relationship with them as a potential new team member.

If you’re looking for the best and brightest in the coding arena, keep in mind that the developers that you want are judging you at the same time that you’re judging them. Invest some time into them, give them a positive, a remarkable experience from the start and they will be more than willing to invest some time into you and you companies.

Thanks for reading I hope you enjoyed my article! *Above was based off a survey of 50 Developers in the London market.

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· We don’t use CV’s or cover letters — you can make a profile in minutes and sync it with your LinkedIn profile

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