Last week we organized the webinar “How to get a job with no prior experience in IT?” where four of our colleagues spoke about their career beginnings and shared a bunch of advice.
How did we decide to organise this online event?
Last year our People Operations team had over 300 job interviews and our colleagues noticed that candidates who are making their first steps in the IT industry are sometimes less confident than the people who already have that experience.
That’s why our Human Value Manager Aleksandra Radujko suggested we should organise an event where our colleagues could speak about their experience during their job-application process. That way they could support the people who are about to step into the IT world.
So, we invited colleagues from different fields of expertise to join us at this webinar. Our speakers were:
- Diana Vučičević – QA engineer
- Miroslav Mihnjak – Front-end developer
- Sreten Petrović – Software developer
- Milan Medić – Software developer
When Did Our Speakers Start Preparing for Their Job Applications?
Even though our colleagues Milan and Sreten studied at the Faculty of Technology in Novi Sad, they agreed with Diana and Miroslav that it is important to invest time and effort in learning a lot on their own before they started sending applications.
While brushing up on technical skills can be something that most people focus on, our colleague Miroslav decided to prepare mentally also for the first step in his career. He said that he first had doubts about his competencies, like many people at the beginning of the career do. Miroslav decided to stop procrastinating and start sending his CV to various companies. So, he advised others who are at the beginning of his or her career to do the same.
What Did Our Colleagues Include in Their CVs?
Diana, Milan, Sreten, and Miroslav were first not sure about the information they should put in their resumes. Should they send a CV with a photo or without it? In English or Serbian? One or two pages, or maybe more?
For example, our colleague Diana realised that a photo in her CV should be a professional one. She didn’t have it, and she decided to send a CV without an image rather than using an informal one.
“I wrote my CV in English to show my language skills. Although I graduated from the Faculty of Economics and all of my previous working experience came from that field of expertise, I included all of those things in my CV. I also used a link to my LinkedIn profile and updated it beforehand because I know that people who conduct a process of selection take that into consideration as well.”- said Diana about writing her CV.
What Have Our Speakers Experienced at Job Interviews?
We asked our colleagues what questions they were asked at the interviews. Besides that, we also asked them to share with our audience what they did when they got some questions they didn’t know the answers to.
“After the technical interview, I realised that they did not expect me to know everything. They wanted to see the way I think about things – whether I will give up finding the answer to some specific question.” – said Sreten.
To sum up, Diana, Sreten, Milan and Miroslav had one ultimate advice for everyone and that is:
“ Be persistent and hard-working. You have to read and learn a lot to gain knowledge. In the end, it all pays off. “
Thank you very much for listening to our colleagues at this webinar. We hope our colleagues’ stories helped you feel more confident to make your first step in your career.
Don’t waste your time! Check out our career page and apply for the position you fit in. We are looking forward to meeting you. Good luck!