Many job industries are still trying to recover from the economic hit of the 2020 pandemic, but the software as a service or SaaS sector has continued to thrive. With the rapid growth in technology and innovation, it’s predicted that there will be 10 million new SaaS jobs by 2030, with a substantial increase in salaries across the board. So if you’re thinking about a job in the tech space, now is the time. However, as many people shift careers and remain on a job search, you want to ensure that you have a competitive edge amongst the excess of applicants. Here are six best practices that are proven to help you get your dream SaaS job.
Search for Opportunities that are the Right Fit
What are you passionate about? Life is too short to spend your best years working a job you hate. Make a list of the requirements you’re looking for in a role. In addition to a list of the skills, you have to offer. It’s important to know what you want, but it’s even more helpful to be self-aware and understand your strengths and areas for improvement. Use this as a guide to help you find the best opportunity.
Don’t Give in at the First No, Remain Persistent
Polite persistence, or as some call it, “persistence with a purpose,” is critical. When applying to jobs, especially in the beginning, you will likely hear no more than yes, but the good news is you only need one yes. Remain diligent and take each opportunity as a lesson learned, no matter the outcome. For instance, after receiving a rejection email, ask the recruiter for advice and feedback.
Embrace What Makes You Different
Customize and personalize your communication, portfolio (if applicable), and appropriate parts of your application. Take some time to think about the ways you stand out in your professional and personal life. What can you bring to the team that no one else can? How will your skills and expertise help the company reach its goals? The more you can differentiate yourself from others, the more memorable you’ll be, increasing the likelihood that you’ll get the callback.
Build and Maintain Relationships
We’ve all heard the saying that it’s not what you know, but who you know, and that isn’t more true than when looking for a job. Attend networking events that are more than a social mix and mingle. Look for opportunities to “work” your network. But if you’re not comfortable “working the room” or speaking openly with new people, consider joining a local Toastmaster or ask your mentors or peers for advice. You may be surprised at how eager others are to help out.
Make Finding the Perfect Job, the Job
The same unique qualities that make your dream job so amazing also make it a scarce commodity. Finding that dream role takes a lot of hard work, so prepare yourself for the ‘grind,’ and be ready to get out of it, what you put into your search. Long hours, late nights, early mornings, weekends, and missed celebrations are just some of the sacrifices you may have to make when preparing for interviews or researching new job postings.
ABC – Always Be Closing
You may be familiar with this phrase from sales, but the same rings true when searching for a SaaS job. Everyone goes the applications, emails, and resume route. But not all deals happen in the board room, and there are other ways to get on the radar for your dream job. With social media and an emphasis on authentic engagement, it’s easier than ever to get in front of recruiters and key decision-makers. No matter if you’re at a networking or an online social event, if you have the opportunity to network with a potential employer, then do it.
You’re Ready to Apply to Your Dream SaaS Job
Using these six techniques, you can position yourself to secure your ideal SaaS job. It can take a while to find a position that meets your needs and expectations, but be patient. The process can be tedious but is a chance to grow, learn, and sharpen your skills.
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