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Career Guide for Professionals in LATAM
According to LinkedIn's 2023 Global Talent Trends report, the technology sector in Latin America has seen a 20% increase in employment over the last year. However, landing a job in this competitive landscape requires a strategic approach to job hunting, a tailored CV, and a standout portfolio.
This guide will provide key strategies and practical tips to help you excel in your job interviews and transform potential barriers into opportunities.
1. Personal Branding: Projecting Your Unique Professional Identity 🤫
The Foundation of Your Professional Brand
We've already covered crafting your CVs in our specific guide. Now, let's explore perfecting your cover letters.
Personalize Each Cover Letter: Take the time to research the company and the role, and personalize your cover letter to demonstrate your interest and how your skills align with the job requirements.
Cover Letter Content: Focus on what you can offer the company, not just what you hope to gain from the job
Using Tools Like ChatGPT: You could start with a prompt such as, "Write a cover letter for a software engineering role at a startup company," then refine the output to suit your personal experiences and skills. Here is a prompt cheat sheet.
Cover Letter Builders: Online tools such as Novoresume or Zety's Cover Letter Builder can provide structure and guidance when drafting your cover letter.
Online Guides: Websites like The Muse offer comprehensive guides on how to write effective cover letters, including formats, templates, and examples.
Feedback: Don't hesitate to seek input on your cover letter from mentors, career coaches, recruiters that contact you, or trusted colleagues.
2. Building a Standout Portfolio 📖
Update your portfolio regularly with code repository links.
Utilize portfolio builders like GitHub Pages, Jekyll, and WordPress.
Tell engaging project stories.
Use videos to explain concepts or showcase demos.
Share live project links and GitHub repositories.
Seek feedback on platforms like Behance or Dribbble.
3. The Power of the Digital Landscape 🧠
Ideal Job Market Strategy
Use AngelList, Hired, LinkedIn, Dice, and Indeed to find tech jobs.
Effective Job Hunting
Use advanced search filters on job platforms to find matches based on location, experience, job type, and skills. Enhance search accuracy with Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT.
Setting Up Automated Job Alerts
These alerts notify you when new jobs that match your criteria are posted. The quicker you apply, the better your chances, especially considering the 'ATS Fast Pass' phenomenon, where some companies review and consider early applicants first.
LinkedIn: Enter your job search criteria in the search bar, and then click 'Job Alert' to turn it on.
Indeed: Search with your preferred job title and location. Click on 'Activate job alerts,' and you'll receive notifications via email.
Glassdoor: On Glassdoor, search for a job title and location. Click on 'Email me jobs' to get new job postings delivered to your email.
AngelList: On AngelList, after conducting a job search, you can click on 'Get Weekly Updates' to receive job alerts.
Hired: Hired offers a unique feature in which companies apply to you. After setting up a profile, if companies find your profile a good match, they send you an interview request directly.
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I hope this week's issue brought you joy! Got any questions or potential topics you'd like to discuss? I'm here to listen! Also, don't miss out on our Discord community, a hub for 1,710 LATAM professionals sharing career advancement and networking tips. We're here to guide your journey to success.
Stephanie Cerf - Head of Community at TECLA.