Recruitment in the Tech Space is community driven, and making a career is much more than just sending a CV to get your next job – it’s all about personal branding.
While most IT professionals agree that keeping abreast with the latest in the tech world is a necessity, they also agree that they don’t have the time to keep scanning for the latest information across various disparate sources. This is where niche online communities play an important role.
Focused tech communities connect techies in the most interesting and focused ways. They have moved beyond just code submissions now. And are now crowd-sourced platforms for interacting with like-minded people, improving knowhow and sharpening skills to remain cutting edge. So, if as a techie, you’re still unsure about joining an online community (or not!), here are top 5 Reasons to convince you:
Top IT Professionals regularly reach out to communities of their shared expertise to seek suggestions and offer help – thereby building their personal brand and reputation. TechGig.com has 86 active skill communities, where specialists discuss and explore the nuances of particular languages, applications and coding structures. For instance, Java aficionados can join the Java skill community to practice coding, discuss with the peers and resolve issues.
With a massive community base of over 2.5 million users across the latest niche technologies, TechGig offers IT professionals the opportunity to interact, sharpen and showcase their cutting-edge skills with one of the largest IT communities in the world. It also offers the innovative TechGig Tech Quotient (TQ) industry benchmark that has been adopted by top tech recruiters for hiring talent.
Nilanjan Roy, Head of Strategy, Times Business Solutions, explains the unique career opportunities that a robust tech community offers to IT professionals “Being discovered by recruiters greatly improves your negotiation capabilities. It is always better to be approached for a position by a recruiter, rather than just applying for one of the job vacancies that are listed. Top tech recruiters cherry-pick talent based on their TQ and demonstrated skills.
“TechGig platform allows talent to get hands-on experience with technology, benchmark their competencies against the best coders and up their TQ and leaderboard standings. A higher TQ gives techies better visibility and increases their chances of getting hired for top projects with the best IT companies in India and abroad.”
Online communities really come into their own when techies are stuck with technical or security issues such as handling a cyber breach.
Adam Clay, VP of Worldwide Sales at Black Duck explains, “There is a growing awareness of the threats that organisations face and I think there is a growing appetite for solutions. My sense is that India seems right to tackle the challenges associated with cyber security, from the community perspective, which we don’t often see in all countries that Black Duck works in. There certainly seems to be a spirit to solve problems collaboratively. This is not seen in every country.”
Online communities have made it easy for IT Professionals to crowd-source their knowledge, display their technical prowess, and reach out to like-minded techies and subject matter experts. However, not all online communities possess the requisite depth and breadth of expertise – so choosing the right one becomes paramount.
Be sure to choose the one which is able to leverage all the advantages of a large, active user base and access to the kind of experts that add value to your chosen area of expertise.