With technology developing at the speed of light, there is now a growing demand for programmers and coders. The MENA region is booming with multiple tech startups launching and setting up base there, as well as many hedge funds cropping up specifically aimed at technological advancement. As a coder, there is no better time to kick start your coding career in the MENA region. Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Update and optimize your LinkedIn profile
LinkedIn is the number one platform for professional networking around the world. It gives you the opportunity to connect with managers, recruiters, founders and entrepreneurs from across multiple industries, countries and companies. Therefore, keeping your LinkedIn profile updated is the first and foremost thing to do.
2. Get active on LinkedIn
Getting active on LinkedIn, liking other people’s posts, following and connecting with other people, posting about your work, expertise or experience can all yield so many returns. The way LinkedIn works is that if a person interacts with your post, your post can then be on the news feed of all of their connections. It helps if you have people from MENA in your network so that you can grow your network.
3. Create an impressive cover letter and a CV.
The next step is to create a very impressive cover letter and CV that you would actually share with companies and recruiters when you apply to jobs via LinkedIn or any other job search platform. Your cover letter needs to talk about why you’re a good fit for the company and what you bring to the table.
4. Join the right platforms
To get hired in the MENA region, simply applying for postings through LinkedIn will not suffice. Increase your odds of getting noticed by applying through different job search portals and recruitment agencies. Submit your CV to their database and keep checking out the postings they have. AstroLabs Talent can be a great starting point for your coding career, with their vast tech and digital data base, they’ll help you land your dream job.
5. Upskill, Upskill, Upskill
It is beyond important to keep upskilling – keep learning new skills and keep advancing your proficiency in different programming languages. The goal is not just to get a job, but to build a career. Every effort you make today will yield compounded returns in the future. Join our Coding Bootcamp course today and begin your growth journey.
6. Take up freelance projects and build a portfolio
Hands down one of the best ways to establish credibility is to showcase your work. While you are looking for a job, you can go on sites like Upskill and get freelance programming jobs. You can then use these to build your portfolio and showcase your work. You can also post snippets of it on LinkedIn and tag your clients. Another good idea is to take reviews from your clients.
If you follow these cardinal rules, you can definitely kick start your coding career in MENA. Register now for our Coding Bootcamp and take the next step towards your coding career.