Black Girls In Tech : Recruitment Agency
At Black Girls In Tech, part of our mission is to ensure that Black Women are present across all tech sectors and to help Black Women in tech land their dream roles.
Are you looking for a job? The next step in your career?
Black Girls in Tech have launched a recruitment drive under our BGIT Recruitment Agency to help you land your next job. Simply apply via the form and upload your most up to date CV to be added to our recruitment pool. If we find an opening that matches your profile you will be contacted about next steps/potential interviews with our partner companies.
How does it work?
- Once you apply to our recruitment agency, we automatically add you to our database of candidates.
- Once a job vacancy that you are suitable for comes up, you will be contacted for a 30 minute call which will help us understand your experience and desires. It will also give us the opportunity to brief you on the particular job vacancy.
- Once we have screened you, your CV and profile will then be sent to the potential employer.
- Upon the employers discretion, an interview for the job vacancy will take place.
- Upon successful interview, you will receive an official offer and contract.
- Your name will then be moved to our hired list.
- Please note once this is done, you MUST re-apply again in ordered to be re-entered into our database.
After your name and job title ✔, don't forget to include your personal details such as your best phone number, email address and living address or even just town/location, which we are sure everyone does anyway.
Include any relevant links to sites like your portfolio/personal website, or GitHub, any links you know will show your experience. Make sure they are live and working!
A short personal summary is always nice to include for your potential employer to read. This is your opportunity to sell yourself in your own words and to highlight who you are with a short description of what you're all about. This is also their opportunity to get a feel of your personality, goals and drive. Make sure to match this up with each role you are apply for so it is relevant to each individual job.
It's an age-old adage that some employers don't even make it to the bottom of a CV. While that is not necessarily true, you should still put your most impressive achievements high up the document. That way you'll grab the reader's attention and make sure they read the highlights first.
Here, list your technical skills and a few personal skills too. It's completely up to you and your creativity as to how you present them.
The placement of the skills on your CV is quite important. Putting them under the summary is the best position in my opinion and experience. The reason being that whoever is reading your CV, whether that be the hiring manager, recruiter or HR, there is no guarantee that they actually know that much about tech and could potentially be looking for the buzz words they know the right candidate would need for this job. Placing the skills at the top allows them quick access to see those buzz words and know you are relevant for the job. Employers have precious little time to read through hundreds of CVs so make sure they can see your important skills at a glance and that you get noticed for the right reasons.
An IT CV obviously needs to cover technical skills, qualifications and experience, but with IT ever-more crucial to wider business operations, the ability to explain technical terms and processes simply is a useful skill so make sure you get that point across.
It’s important to describe your technical skills in the context of your daily work and give examples of projects you’ve worked on, at what level, and what you achieved. Given the fast-paced environment of IT, show too how you’ve kept yourself up-to-date with innovations in your field.
In the technical skills section, ensure you include all programmes and tools you have experience with.
Definitely looking over the job description for the types of jobs you are applying for and double checking you have mentioned everything you can that will be right for this job. If you are learning a technology but you aren't quite there yet to be confident using it independently, and professionally, still mention it but make it clear that you are still learning it.
Make sure if you've listed a technology in your skills, you also mention it somewhere else on your CV, probably in the job you have used it in!
A tip on what personal skills to mention, as you don't want to list loads on this bit. Have a look at the responsibilities on the job description and use that as a guide. There are generic ones like time management, works well in a team etc., they are still important, but things like; fast learner, mentoring juniors, staying on top of new technologies, dedicated, loves a challenge, are all a bit more tech focused and will be very desired!
Include your career history including your current job, starting with the most current at the top. When putting the from and too dates on each job, if you can remember the months, definitely include them as well as the year!
Don’t be too general and instead make sure you include the names of any software programmes you have experience of or any developments you have been involved in. Use bullet points if necessary and highlight in bold your technical experience.
If this is your first time applying for an IT job you might be staring at a blank page and wondering what on earth to put under this section. But just because you don’t have any direct IT experience doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty you can write about.
If you have any significant gaps between jobs, mention why it is there and what you did in the that time to stay up to date, such as personal projects or courses etc.
Try to make each job as detailed as possible without it being an essay, no one wants to read loads of writing on a CV. The main things to remember is to include your job title, the company you worked for, dates, your responsibilities, projects YOU worked on and the technologies YOU used for those projects.
If you worked as a team in projects, they don't want to know what the team did, they want to know what part you played in that project, the parts you owned, the outcome, and any challenges you faced and overcame.
A tip for freelancers... Instead of writing "freelancer developer, 2018 - Now", it will read a lot better if you format it like I've mentioned above, each client, job title, dates (to and from) and the project you worked on. Include the programmes used and exactly what you did for that client.
A tip for graduates or someone with no commercial experience... Where you would have put your career history, you can instead put a 'Personal Project' section with any projects you want to highlight. This is your opportunity to show your experience using a certain technology that matches the job you are applying for. Any one can include this obviously, but it's something nice to fill the space if you don't have a relevant job history yet.
This is a pretty short piece in your CV. Include any education you have received eg Degree.
Personal development is important – mention mentoring programmes and courses you’ve attended. It will help employers to decide if you’ll fit in. Your style of writing should be clear and confident - don't be afraid to use bullet points - but avoid hyperbole and exaggerations. After all, you could be tested on your knowledge during the process.
In this section, you can also highlight any key achievements and volunteering you have done. If you have any certificates that are relevant to the job you are applying for, definitely include them too.
4. Hobbies and Interests
This is a nice to have but optional.
For example, you may enjoy running marathons or are a member of a game club, this could be a key bit of information that could potentially make you look better than other applicants because it could indicate a good culture fit for their team and they could have game nights or could have a run club, so you would automatically be a better fit and have common interests.
It gives your CV a bit more of a personal touch!
5. Design/Creative jobs
For people applying for more creative jobs, your CV needs to show your creative side. Unfortunately, if you just type it on a word document and it's text with no creativeness added or personality, it will lessen your chance of being chosen for an interview.
From working with lots of designers who have such colourful, creative and fun CVs, you don't know who you're going up against, so it's best to give yourself the best chance and make your CV stand out!
Your portfolio is even more important than your CV when applying for design jobs.