Your personal information
Make sure you upload a clear profile picture. A good profile picture should be professional yet friendly. Pay attention to clothing, background, and the setting. Make sure that the ‘Lives in’ field is accurate to where you are currently living, include your suburb as well as the city.
What is your preferred employment type and salary?
Given that companies can see what you’d prefer to earn, your preferred salary can either prompt them to reach out or make them realise that they don’t have the budget for you. There is a fine balance between a fair salary and a high salary, and the “best amount” should be one that you would be happy to accept an offer at, gives you demand, and is market-related. However, your preferred salary is not set in stone - it can change based on how you do in interviews and the final negotiations. Your talent advisor will be of huge help when it comes to determining a fair preferred salary, as well as guiding you through final negotiations.
At the moment we only cater for full-time employment engagements, primarily as permanent positions, but we do also cater for fixed term contracts of 1+ year duration. If you want to go live on OfferZen you need to select permanent as a preferred employment type. If you're also open to contract employment of 1+ year full time, you can select a contract rate too.
We do not currently cater for part-time employment.
Where would you like to work?
Companies search for individuals by location and if you have a small set of locations you will only appear in a small set of searches. If you are open to other areas we recommend including them, but if you are not, then keep them limited. It is important to make sure that you’re serious about the locations you have indicated and haven’t only included more locations to get more interview requests. You don’t want to make companies feeling like you’re messing around with them as it leaves a bad taste in their mouths.
If you are willing or looking to relocate we will indicate this on your profile. You may receive interview requests which require you to travel to attend the interviews there, as well as potentially move if you get the job. You need to make sure you are willing, ready and able to do this before going live.
OfferZen also offers remote work. However, we only have a handful of companies looking to employ remotely. We suggest adding some locations you feel comfortable working in to avoid missing out on interesting and cool companies. You may even be able to negotiate with the company to reach an agreement that works for both of you.
What do you want from your next job?
This question is one of the first things companies will read on your profile and use to formulate their first impression of you. It’s important to be clear on what you’re looking for in your next job. Some useful questions to consider:
- What does you ideal team look like?
- What type of work would you like to do next?
- Is there anything that is important for you to be successful in a new working environment (Perks, location, hours, etc).
- Which industries are you most excited about and why?
- What tech/tools would you like to use?
- You can also include things you do not want in a job.
What is your citizenship status?
Citizenship status is important to companies as it can create problems down the line if it is not clear from the beginning. By sharing this information upfront it shows companies that they can hire you and how easy it will be. It communicates whether they will need to prepare anything from their side to avoid slowing down the process and having you join their team.
What is your work history?
This section is really important to hiring managers and it is where you show off your experience. Approach this section in a conversational manner. Tell them about the exciting projects that you were a part of, the responsibilities you had, the roles you fulfilled and the skills you developed, as well as the tools and tech you used. Companies need to be able to extract what you have been doing and how you can add value. Steer clear of making it look like a job spec. If you are pushed for time, focus on your most recent entries.
What is your education history?
Education includes any type of formal education like schools and universities, as well as online and short courses, masterclasses and levelling up. Companies like to see that too and shows them that you’re committed to improving your skills as a developer and continually grow.
What are your top skills?
Add a few skills that will make your profile stand out. Think of what you are good at, as well as the methodologies, frameworks, programs, languages, tools and tech you use. Make sure to include the skills you are interested in using and exclude the skills you don’t want to use.
What are your preferred roles?
Focus only on roles you’re interested in pursuing in your next job. Hiring managers use these roles to filter for candidates and you don’t want to miss out on any opportunities. Aim to pick the top 5 or 6 roles that best represent what you want next and are interested in being hired for, and make sure to leave out any role you don’t want to be approached for. Make sure the years of experience listed are representative of your formal work experience (accurate in years) in each of those roles.
Your overall experience is the amount of experience you have in professional work and it does not include the experience you gained while you were studying.
Share your online profiles
Link online profiles that are the best representation of you professionally. Aim for quality and not quantity. LinkedIn is an important online profile to include.
Tell us about yourself
This section helps companies learn more about who you are as an individual and as a developer. Talk about what you enjoy, how you have progressed and where you see yourself. Use this section to really express yourself, it can help you stand out.
What projects have you worked on?
Adding some images and short descriptions of projects you have worked on can be important in displaying what you are capable of. Show variety and remember to display your best work.
This section allows you to include extra information that can be very useful. It will only be displayed to companies should yourself and your talent advisor decide to show it. You can upload:
- Additional portfolio work
- References/Referral letters
- Matric certificates
These extra documents support your profile and can help speed up the process. They can always be removed if your TA feels they should.
You are able to hide your profile from companies of your choice should you wish for them not to see your profile for whatever reason. When you block a company that has a ‘sister’ company we automatically block that company too.