As a freelancer, you might notice that sometimes it is rather difficult to find a good assignment. Or when you find the right assignment, it is almost unattainable. To help you with these struggles, follow these useful tips and tricks below, which according to WIBA IT recruiters help you with scoring the next assignment.
How to be found for an assignment quicker
The first step is to optimize your LinkedIn profile. Nowadays, your online findability as a freelance IT-professional is more important than sending a standard CV in .DOC or .PDF format. Be sure to present yourself in a professional manner on LinkedIn, among other things. To hekp you optimize your LinkedIn profile, WIBA IT conducted a survey of the LinkedIn profiles of our candidates. We can help you undertake steps towards improvement. The first step could be, for instance, taking a professional headshot or a photo where you are seen in your work environment. These minor improvements quickly lead to more qualitative feedback from recruiters.
Make yourself visible online
Firstly, it is noticeable that not everybody uses their job title well. Many self-employed professionals leave the function ‘owner’ after having set up their profile as an entrepreneur. This is in principle true but does not help to be better found by potential clients. Use the job title to describe exactly what you do, for instance, Java developer. Because even though you are self-employed and own a company, what you actually offer as a service is Java development.
In addition, not everyone has a professional and business appropriate profile picture, although that picture, along with the job description, is the first thing the recruiter sees when searching for profiles. If those elements are not in order, chances are the recruiter will ignore you and keep looking further (even though you may well meet the requirements for the assignment). What also helps is adding a background picture relevant to your expertise. These three simple amendments ensure that recruiters and clients will notice you. As a side note, it is important, when you are available, to open your profile to new offers.
Improve your general business profile
After you have attracted the attention of a recruiter, it is important that you keep it. You can do so by writing a personal summary. The recruiter wants to get to know you both as a person and as a professional. In this summary, he can find out both in a short time. Keep in mind that you use keywords that are applicable to appear higher up in the search results. The stronger this summary, the sooner the recruiter will contact you.
With each experience or job, add bullet points, but not more than five. Give a brief description of what your tasks have been and avoid long sentences. It is important for recruiters to be able to scan through your profile quickly see directly what you can do or have done. It is important, with regard to each client, name the most common tools, methods and technologies. If the recruiter wants more information, he will look at your CV (if included) or contact you directly for elaboration. Also, check out the STAR method for making an optimum impression on potential clients. WIBA IT also made a sample CV which you can download here.
As a bonus, it is important to ask your clients for a reference/recommendation after each job. That is a powerful way to support your profile and skills with legitimate testimonials.
My WIBA (Portal)
‘My WIBA’ is a handy tool that gives you a quick overview of your applications. Fill in all your details in the portal to flawlessly follow through the application process and receive job suggestions that match your profile. That’s why it is important for the information to be accurate and up-to-date. Sharing the required documents (like your CV and motivation) allows to speed up the application process and keep you well informed on where you stand and why you were (not) selected for any particular assignment.
The four steps for getting an assignment
1: Adjust your CV for the desired function
A good CV provides a snapshot of the experience and type of work done by a candidate. It often pays off to keep track of different “types” of CVs. In the case of a software developer/team lead, a resume with an emphasis on the technical experience and a resume with the emphasis on managerial skills is really useful. Make sure that the resume matches the assignment well. Knowledge and experience that are not interesting for the assignment distract from the goal and should be removed. Often, older projects are less interesting and can, therefore, be summarized in bullets. In addition, the CV structure is important, which is why we have made an example for you. This format is easy to handle and has a good and clear CV as an objective. Even if you are employed, you can classify the CV on the basis of the executed projects within your organization.
Once your resume is in order, it is time to write your motivation letter. With it, it becomes clear to the client why you want to do the assignment and why you are the right match. Bear in mind that it is important to write a motivation letter as a piece for a client that contributes to an invitation for an intake interview. The motivation is your most important weapon in the battle for that one challenging new assignment. This motivation must, therefore, be fully focused on the requirements and the work to be performed. State clearly where you performed similar work and how you meet the requirements. Be clear about the projects and where the experience has been gained, so that these can easily be found. A good motivation letter also dictates what experience should be included in the resume.
3: The intake
If you have passed the first selection round and were invited to a meeting, it is time to seal the deal. Make sure you are always well prepared. Explore the customer’s site and assignment carefully. Also, ask your intermediary for more information on the assignment background; this can offer you an insight into who you will be talking to on the spot. Based on this information, you can prepare a number of questions. Be ready for a number of “standard” questions such as your strong and weak points, what you do and do not enjoy about your work. During the conversation it is important to stay “to-the-point”. Do not be scared to ask questions back. It will help you prevent a number of pitfalls and will show your interest and professionalism. Try avoiding short negative answers, leverage on theexperience that you possess.
A part of the selection process is a phone interview. Here it is crucial that you are honest and able to answer recruiter’s questions directly. In case you do know something, just be honest and say so. The assessment is a form of telling about the experiences you have gained from previous assignments or elaborating on certain skills mentioned in your resume or business profiles. This conversation gives you the chance to convince the recruiter of your abilities and create a trusting relationship for future job applications.
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We hope that the above tips will help you in getting the desired assignment or job. In case you have more questions about these topics, do not hesitate to contact us.