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Job seeking

Curriculum Vitae, Resume, Cover Letter

While ‘CV’ and 'resume’ are terms that are often used interchangeably, there are differences to keep in mind.

Junior Devs: How to stand out

As a junior dev, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd of other junior devs in your first few years of your career, let alone show off your skills and talents in their own right. You probably don’t have much commercial code to point to, your GitHub account is a little emptier than you’d want, and even your resume is pretty brief. But there is one simple project you can do that can highlight your talents in a number of ways: build your own blog.

Our referral bonus

Lookahead is very fortunate to be recommended by people we respect in our community. We value referrals, and we like to show our appreciation.

Setting the correct zoom level

Recently I’ve had more than a few conversations with people who are questioning their career choices.

Asking for a pay rise

The potential foreseen awkwardness surrounding asking your boss for a pay rise is often enough of a deterrent for most people to avoid the conversation entirely. The average boss can be known to forget to bring this up with their team. If they haven’t hired in a while, they could be disconnected from market rates, too. So, you may need to take it into your own hands.

Reflection, Research and Resumes

Too many resumes are verbose. I gave a talk about job hunting at the August SydJS which focussed on working out what you actually want to do and how to best ensure the reader of your resume gets that message.

Advice for DevOps candidates

As a technical recruiter focussed on systems-type roles, I am frequently questioned by candidates on how to further their skills and increase their relevance in the marketplace.

Resigning with class

By the time your references have been taken, you’ve reviewed your contract in meticulous detail and you even managed to locate a scanner to get it back to your new employer, it can seem that all the hard work in changing jobs is done. Hang on. You still need to tell your boss that you are moving on.

README Masterpieces

When meeting candidates at Lookahead we often discuss what makes for an extraordinary code test. My general advice is to “make it your masterpiece”. Matta has written about this before so be sure to check that out.

Stages of the Developer

As a junior, As a mid, As a senior, As a lead, As anyone

Lookahead Log

Oct

Welcome aboard, Kyle!

Sep

Attention turning to mid-level developer market because the senior market is so tight.

Aug

Congrats on 10 years, RubyAU! A truly amazing community.

Jul

Software engineers top priority for visa approvals, companies looking at sponsorship again.

Jun

Developer salaries rising rapidly. Engineering managment roles relatively steady.

May

Congrats on becoming partner Fiona and welcome to the team Dan! 🎉

Apr

Join our team! We're hiring technical recruiters and sourcers.

Mar 2021

Lookahead turns 9! 🥳

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“Although I’m not coding on a daily basis, I’ve really enjoyed meeting developers and chatting with them. Having that technical background definitely helps me understand what developers and companies are after. I’ve also spent a lot of time giving people general advice on job searching and resume writing. They really appreciate that.”

Fiona Chan

Lookahead recruiter since 2015