1. How do you find a technology job in USA?

If you’re already resident in the USA, you have many options. You can search for your required role (e.g. ‘java jobs near me’, ‘software jobs near me’) online or apply directly for vacancies advertised by desired employers. These methods can be a bit slow and uncertain—not to mention- much more competitive, as you don’t know where you stand as an applicant. The surest route is to get in touch with talent advocates, specialized in tech recruiting. The benefit of approaching a specialized technology talent platform is that the talent advocates can match your profile much more precisely. They also tend to give helpful advice on how to improve your probability of getting hired on the project you want. Even if you don’t land that dream job, your profile will still be in their database to be matched with future opportunities matched closely with your qualifications and preferences. Xperti.io is a great start-optimized for location, experience and technology stream.

2. How can I find the right job for my experience?

For technology professionals, especially those looking for software engineering jobs or projects, the problem isn’t getting enough jobs, but the right jobs. Usually technology talent gets inundated with irrelevant positions that either offer to under-employ them or get them opportunities out of State or in a period in which they’re deployed elsewhere.

As an experienced technology professional, you need filtered software jobs and projects, customized to your immediate needs. So as a first step, we’d recommend unsubscribing from generic job mailing lists and signing onto technology platforms (like Xperti.io) that offer resources and opportunities. For best results, upload an updated resume so that the system algos match you closely with the best jobs by experience, location and more.

3.Where are the best Java developer jobs?

Honestly, the best Java developer job is the one that matches your requirements. I.e. in the technology job market, there’s no one-size fits all. If a job pays well but offers no relocation allowance, or has a boring, unchallenging JD, you won’t be interested, at least not for long. Similarly, a java project that’s exciting, lucrative but starts at a time you’re unavailable is no good to you.

To find the best Java developer jobs, the most efficient process is to consult the experts. Fortunately, many firms now offer talent platforms and advocates that specialize in technology streams. For instance, Arthur Lawrence has a platform called Xperti.io, which has a special focus on Java opportunities. Best of luck.

4.How subjective are technology job interviews?

Traditionally, job interviews for technology professionals, especially for software engineering jobs, or java developer roles tend to be highly technical. However, recruiters and hiring managers are increasingly beginning to realize the importance of soft skills in technology jobs, with weights placed on a candidate’s communication skills, time management and problem-solving abilities. In fact, a platform called Xperti.io assigns weights going up to 30% on a candidate’s behavioral profiling as a function of the applied job. Although they measure ‘soft skills’ the assessment is not subjective. Candidates receive assessments on their performance at each stage of Xperti’s 3-stage validation process.

5.I’m relocating to Texas. Where can I find developer jobs in the Houston?

While ‘developer jobs near me’ forms popular searches, we’re not sure the results are promising. Instead we’d recommend consulting a technology talent management firm within the Houston area. Such a firm offers you the benefit of an on-ground perspective, which is going to be realistic and current. Advantage number two? You don’t have to be in Texas to start applying. In some platforms, developers can have highly customized jobs routed their way, which account for the developers’ availability, location and expertise. Xperti.io is one such platform.

6.I got an interview call based on a dated resume. Should I accept?

If the job meets all your requirements—and by that we mean if it’s a good match in terms of salary scale, technology stack, current career preferences and location—by all means, go ahead. Chances are though, the offer is falling short in some way. Don’t sell yourself short. Get connected with the right jobs by choosing the right platform. Start by signing up on algo-enriched platforms like Xperti.io. The best feature of such platforms is that they take up the career grunge work on your behalf: Xperti will dig up the right jobs tailored to your current profile instead of forcing you to manually update your resume and search for jobs that match it best.

7.I keep getting Python job interview calls. I’m a Java Developer. What do I do?

Step #1 Update your resume. This goes without saying. There’s something in your resume (either a keyword, or a project) that makes the ATS keep flagging it as a good match for Python roles. Updating your resume helps with pattern detection and helps clarify your own future career preferences. Step #2, find a platform that doesn’t rely entirely on ATS and static processes to connect you with relevant jobs. A platform that’s a hybrid between mature algorithms and sound human input should be the place to start. We recommend Xperti.io, which combines nearly 20 years of recruiting analytics with the expertise of experienced technology talent advocates. A personalized dashboard that benefits from human advice is likely to clear up chinks in your application—from using phrases like ‘developer for hire’ to adding ‘software engineering jobs near me’ on your resume objective.

8. I have about 15 years development and project management experience. But I’m only getting interview calls for Junior Developer or Business Analyst roles. Should I accept?

No. The talent economy is skewed in your favor. No need to settle for anything less than the best. The problem here isn’t the technology job market, but dated metrics on online job boards. Chances are that these job boards are scraping data from one of your old resumes, and sending you jobs that match that old profile.

The solution? Opt in for a platform that automates the tech recruiting profiling function. Instead of you, (the technology expert) manually updating years of experience, the system does it for you. Some platforms, like Xperti.io are specialized enough to flag your profile and have a talent advocate contact you if your profile hasn’t been active for some time. It’s a helpful feature when you need to add certifications, projects etc on your resume and just don’t have the time to.

9.I got a call from a staffing agent saying I got the job, but the client wants me to join immediately. Is that even legal?

Legal? That depends. Usually job advertisements, especially those for software development jobs, place availability statements up front on the advertisement. If a third-party is involved, the hiring manager or talent advocate managing the account is intimated about timelines. In our experience, we’ve usually found the rate of human error to be pretty high in such cases. Multiple candidates applying simultaneously. Ghosting candidates. Short term roles. Keeping track is hard. Make sure you have sufficient notice between two software development projects, by signing up on a platform where application deadlines and timelines are either automatically updated, or visually represented. The benefit? No surprises. The Xperti.io platform has a flagging/notification feature which alerts technology talent about software jobs and projects near them. Try it out to know the difference.

10.Where can I find a job after 3-5 years of java development experience?

With 3-5 years in java development, you’re favorably positioned in the technology job market. According to one source, the demand for developers is likely to see a 21% rise by 2028, and java developers form part of that demand. The key is to match your skills with what the market needs. In other words, get the best salary that your professional achievements deserve. Direct applications might consume a lot of your time. However, you can have someone negotiate on your behalf if you get connected with a talent management platform. The more specialized the platform, the better it is for you. Xperti.io has shown results in placing top talent in java development across the USA. That seems to be a good place to start.

11.Is ghosting a big issue in IT recruitment?

Unfortunately, we can’t say no. But before we proceed, let’s discuss what ghosting is. Ghosting is when a jobseeker (in this case, technology talent), is screened for a position, is onboarded, and is supposed to start working…but never shows up. Or even if he/she does get in touch, it’s to disclose why he/she will not be continuing in that role. Ghosting is wrong, because it occurs after a candidate has accepted the offer. In other words, hiring managers have already rejected the second- best candidate, started the engine on onboarding and orientation and so on. It’s unfair to the employer, and it’s unfair to people who wanted that job.

Ghosting has been an issue in technology recruitment. But we blame unprofessional staffing agencies as much as blame careless candidates. They can’t control every candidate’s behavior. But if this becomes a pattern, it’s clear they’re not doing the evaluations and follow-ups they’re supposed to. If you’re an HR professional, and you’ve observed a growing ghosting trend, get in touch with a talent management firm, like Xperti. They’ll be much more professional, and their candidate evaluation process is far more thorough.

12.I’m looking for software developer jobs near me (i.e. based out of Sugarland, Texas). Will I hurt my chances if I say I prefer remote work?

No, you won’t hurt your chances. Post COVID-19, many companies have issued work from policies for their teams. Some hiring managers advocate remote work because they find it more efficient and cost-effective. You can find the right software development role for yourself, provided you know where to look.

Since you prefer remote work, why don’t you start your search online? Try a solution (like Xperti), that’s known for matching resumes with available jobs, AND optimizing the match by location, availability, type of work etc.

13.My resume always gets me an interview. But hiring managers don’t seem to like me. I never make it past the first stage. What am I doing wrong?

“Hiring managers don’t seem to like me?”
Ouch! That must hurt! Luckily for you, this problem can be easily solved. Most recruiters assess candidates across three areas:

  • Do you have relevant skills and experience (and according to your resume, you do)!
  • How good are you at solving problems on the job?
  • Will you fit in culturally?

You can get an evaluation on any talent management site that will help you zone in on the problem area. We recommend Xperti, because it curates a community of top technology talent, so you’ll get helpful feedback, from the best. It’s free on Xperti. But some sites may charge a one-time fee or monthly subscription.

14.I contacted a staffing agency, they screened me for Project ABC (a mid-level role). But then after coordinating with the client, they offered me Project DEF (a much junior role). What went wrong? Is this the new trick with IT recruiters?

Sorry to hear about your case. Unfortunately, staffing and talent management aren’t the same thing. Staffing companies work on a different operational model which led to what happened. What you need is talent advocacy. Talent management starts with you. When working with a talent management specialist, your interests come first. The talent advocate will do all the negotiating on your behalf. And if that doesn’t work out, he/she will keep working until the best opportunity for your career materializes. We’re assuming you’re already quite frustrated and want to get on the right track. So we’ll recommend a sure win, Xperti. They use recruiting analytics to identify top talent. This means your profile is matched very precisely. No more underemployment, no more false promises! Just high growth careers now!

15.The top talent of my software development project is going on leave in 16 weeks. This is a 2-year project. Where can I find the best software developer for hire in my county?

We hear you! Everyone in the IT Recruitment Industry needs a talent pipeline. But securing elite talent? That’s a much harder ballgame, especially in such short notice. We’d recommend that you check out a talent management tool that’s powered by analytics, like Xperti. It matches talent by technology stream, location, skills, experience and availability. Because it taps into passive talent as well, it will help you in building that tech talent pipeline. Good luck!

16.Are Java jobs becoming obsolete?

On the contrary, Java developer jobs are going strong, and they’re here to stay. True, they have more competition with languages like Python coming up. But with every JEP (Java Enhancement Proposal) release, the top Java developers in the industry share their recommendations on what could make things easier and more efficient while working on Java jobs and projects. You can read about some of these developments in the blog here. You can also get a quick start on available Java job opportunities on the same site.

17.I’m a technology professional, but I’m more interested in project management than coding. What is the career scope for my choice?

It’s not uncommon for top technology professionals to take on additional and/or other responsibilities. And if you’ve done the preparation needed to switch on to the new role, good work! Career options are very good either way. If you’re looking for a job in your new career direction, you can get a good start at Xperti, which shares opportunities with technology professionals customized for location, availability etc.

18.I’m not actually “looking” for a job, but I want to keep my options open. Can applying elsewhere get me in trouble?

‘Keeping your options open’ is smart and well-advised! In fact, studies suggest that over 70% of jobseekers are not actively looking for jobs. Hiring managers and recruiters regularly seek out individuals who are employed elsewhere. If you want to know how you can improve the probability of matching your qualifications with the best work out there, get some advice here.

19.What’s the difference between working remotely and working from home?

Good question! As a response to the COVID-19 crisis, firms are increasingly more permissive towards flexible work cultures. Work from home is one such option. The key difference between Work from Home (WFH) and remote work is in the contract. Remote jobs are advertised as such. Prospective employees know beforehand that the work they do will not be onsite, unless exceptions are stated straight on. They could be working from different cities/counties/states and it would be perfectly alright.

Remote work is becoming more popular, as businesses understand the relationship between productivity and onsite presence. If you’re a developer, we can suggest a quick, helpful read here. On the other hand, a full-time, onsite employee can exercise his/her work from home option subject to the employer’s WFH policy. If you’re looking towards improving your WFH experience, you can get some quick tips here.

20.We’re seeing a hiring freeze because of COVID-19. How can I improve my chances at getting hired?

While operations—even recruitment operations—have slowed down, there are still reasons you can be very optimistic about getting hired. One big reason is the option of remote screening, which allows recruiters and talent advocates to conduct interviews and evaluate candidates online. Do check out potential employers who offer this feature!