Recruitment and Hiring

Standing Out as an Entry-Level Tech Candidate: 7 Things Hiring Managers Seek

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Securing an entry-level tech position can be challenging, especially when you lack professional experience. However, hiring managers are often on the lookout for specific qualities that go beyond experience. In this blog, we'll explore seven essential attributes that hiring managers want to see in entry-level tech candidates, to help you understand what it takes to land those coveted entry-level tech jobs.

1. Technical Proficiency:

As a Northcoders graduate, you will have completed an intense 13-week bootcamp which will give you a solid understanding of the technical skills required for the job. The curriculum will ensure you know the relevant programming languages, tools, and platforms.

2. Problem-Solving Skills:

Hiring managers value candidates who can analyse complex issues and develop effective solutions. Showcase your problem-solving abilities using examples from your different bootcamp projects or your personal work.

3. Adaptability:

Tech is an ever-evolving field, so hiring managers appreciate candidates who can quickly adapt to new technologies, tools, and methodologies. Show that you are willing and able to learn and embrace change.

4. Collaboration:

Even as an entry-level candidate, you're likely to work in a team. As a Northcoders graduate, you can refer to your bootcamp experience to show that you can collaborate effectively, communicate your ideas clearly, and contribute to the success of group projects.

5. Passion and Enthusiasm:

Show hiring managers that you have a genuine interest in the tech industry. Share your enthusiasm for technology trends, your work on projects, and your commitment to continuous learning.

6. Soft Skills:

While technical skills are essential, don't underestimate the value of soft skills. Effective communication, time management, and a strong work ethic are highly regarded by hiring managers.

7. Personal Projects:

If you lack professional experience, personal coding projects are a great way to showcase your skills. Sharing your GitHub or portfolio featuring your own work can help demonstrate your practical abilities and your commitment to coding and problem-solving.

Whether you're a recent graduate or looking to switch careers, if you want to further enhance your entry-level tech job prospects, Northcoders' coding bootcamps are a great option. Our programmes provide you with the technical skills and professional guidance you need to land your first tech graduate job and beyond.

Thanks to Northcoders' careers support alongside the bootcamps, you’ll be able to gain a competitive edge in the hunt for entry-level tech positions.