Effective job search in 2024 in Russia both in the IT field and beyond (through the eyes of a recruiter)

Effective job search in 2024 in Russia both in the IT field and beyond (through the eyes of a recruiter)

Why should you read this article?

In 4+ years of working in recruitment and improving myself in the profession by absorbing an incredible amount of information, I saw a lot of advice and guides about not the optimal way to find a job, but the most aesthetic, correct, convenient, first of all, to the recruiter who gives advice (and his colleagues), but not to the applicant himself.

I aim to bring the maximum amount of benefit to anyone who reads this article, and I know that it will help you, the reader, in your sole purpose of finding a job. to find them in the shortest possible time and with the most possible positive conditions. Especially for specialists who have not been on the labor market for a long time and students who are looking for a job for the first time.

Step one. Goal setting

At this stage, it is important to understand what exactly you want from the workplace and define the desired:

  1. Personal field of activity (developer, marketer, lawyer, etc.);

  2. Position (junior – middle – senior – tim. lead/head of department – c-lvl);

  3. Profit level;

  4. The industry of the companies (banking, industry, fmcg, etc.);

  5. Companies.

An important note – the points are arranged in order of importance, and not as a list. Only the first three points regarding the industry and the company will be key here – you can always rethink this question in the process if there is an opportunity to get more interesting positions, income or both at once.

At this stage, an excellent result will be able to answer the following questions to yourself (and in the future to the recruiter): Who am I, what do I want to achieve and where do I want to achieve it?.

Step two. Description of experience

That is why many articles have already been devoted to how to write a resume competently, I just want to convey the main idea – do not spare the time to study the topic and competently compose a resume, while special attention was paid not only to its filling, but also to its design.

It is quite obvious that recruiters first of all look at resumes that best match the desired position. The resume should reflect the chosen career track of you as an applicant and at the same time look as suitable for the role as possible from the recruiter’s point of view.

Since on average a recruiter looks at a resume for ~45 seconds before deciding whether a candidate is a good fit or not, you need to highlight the key touch points between the recruiter and the resume. Most often, they are: the name of the desired position and the last position in the work experience, the last place of work (company name and industry).

It is when these three key points coincide that the recruiter is most likely to study your resume in more detail. Of course, filling out the resume itself is also important, however, if these aspects do not match, most likely the resume will be immediately filtered (reviewed much later or not reviewed at all).

A good analogy here will be the perception of our resume as a piece of content that we publish on the Internet not just to be there, but to be sawaccordingly, try to optimize its title and content.

After you have done everything possible to make the resume easy to find, you must specify the most important things in it: in which team did you work and in what role did you act in it, what projects and tasks were you able to complete and what was your impact in this. This is the basis.

Step three. Let’s go out into the world


We present the prepared resume and update it manually every 4 hours, it is optimal to do it on Monday-Thursday at 10-00 and 14-00 and on Friday at 10-00. This is the most effective way to always stay in the top of requests and at the same time does not require superpowers. Moreover, you can donate to the platform for automatic promotion, but in fact, this will not improve the visibility of your resume and with a 50% probability will push the recruiter away from the resume (as a result of more than 500 votes in one of the recruiters’ profile publics).

We respond to vacancies – the best way is to constantly monitor the section recommended vacancies from the platform itself. If you did everything right at the stage of preparing a resume and optimized it for the key requests of recruiters, then the platform will issue the currently presented vacancies that meet your wishes.

Expanding the pool of potential vacancies will be helped by a personal selection based on the vacancy criteria set at the goal-setting stage through the platform’s standard search, as it sometimes allows you to find still very relevant vacancies that did not fall into the selection of those offered by any of the criteria.

The main rule is that if you see a vacancy that is at least roughly similar to the one we are interested in, you will respond best. The recruiter will help to understand how suitable she really is when he looks at the resume and whether or not he sends an invitation to her or immediately calls to exchange details. The more reviews – the greater the chance to receive an invitation to an interview. You should never immediately cut off jobs if they don’t seem attractive enough at first glance. The only reasonable criterion for not agreeing to an interview is the inconsistency of the offered income with your expectations.

You should not write long cover letters, because you can spend a lot of time on them (studying the company you are applying to, reworking the cover letter for a specific company), and the real benefit tends to zero. I have never seen a recruiter who would read the cover letter for a long and thoughtfully, but for some reason everyone advises to write it. It is important that the slower we respond to vacancies, the more we move away from the goal from the previous paragraph – it is important to us expand the visual presence of your resume on the platform to the maximum

Linked in

We make a profile, specify relevant information – it is desirable that the profile on LinkedIn looks like a resume and is relevant (including filled with a description of experience and achievements, not an empty profile with positions and companies);

We start collecting contacts and write directly to the people who work in the companies we highlighted for the goal setting step. Which people can be especially useful to us? Recruiters, project and product managers, CEO/CTO/CPO. You can write the following message to each of them:

“Hello! My name is … , I saw a vacancy “…” in your company (link). I have a lot of experience in … (for example, marketing), I have done the following projects (name a couple). I will be happy if you transfer my resume to colleagues from recruitment who are dealing with this vacancy”.

In this way, you can greatly increase the chance that recruiters will contact you.

Telegram and profile communities

Everything is simple here – find all the communities and chats in the cart related to your specialty using key queries, respond to the vacancies presented there (often with direct contacts of recruiters, which is much more convenient) and spread your CV everywhere you can. We remember what is important maintain the maximum reach of people who learn about you and your experience.

Is that all?

You can and should deviate from all the listed points if you understand how you can shorten this path and minimize the steps to get a result in the form of a job offer. In the article, I tried to describe the actions as generalized as possible, since each point can be revealed as a separate full-fledged topic. In addition, here I did not touch on many aspects where the details are important – resumes, interviews, personal brand of the applicant, salary negotiations and much more. If there is interest, I will gladly answer any questions in the comments or in a separate article.

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