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East Ham tech boss offers top tips for jobseekers

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 August 2016

Naimish Gohil, founder of Show My Homework

Naimish Gohil, founder of Show My Homework

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It's the recent past, the present and most definitely the future - but how on earth do you get a job in the digital economy?

Everyone starts somewhere – Bill Gates kicked off Microsoft in his garage – but it always helps to get a few tips.

Fortunately, East Ham’s self-made technology star Naimish Gohil – who founded Stratford-based firm Show My Homework – is happy to offer advice.

We asked him to provide five tips on breaking into the digital world of work – and this is what he said.

1) What can you do to prepare for interviews?

It seems obvious but make sure you research the company and know what job you’re applying for – especially with start-ups and small businesses as they’re extremely passionate about what they do and will be looking for people who share the same passion for the company as they do.

Have examples ready that show where your experience is directly relevant to the role, and where you have used your initiative to improve a process or to get better business results.

2) How you can boost your CV?

When writing your CV, bear in mind that yours is not the only one your potential employer will be reading – they may have hundreds to sift through, so don’t be afraid to keep it short and punchy and use bullet points.

Include achievements you’re proud of and any extracurricular activities, and don’t underestimate the power of LinkedIn – keep your profile up to date as potential employers can look on there as well. And always make sure you check and double check your CV for any errors or, better still, ask someone else to check it.

3) What jobs are out there?

Right now it’s a great time to get a foot in the door in tech startups – there are an abundance of new companies starting out who are looking for bright, passionate and hardworking individuals, ourselves included.

When applying to startups it’s important that you’re ready for anything, even if you go for a job that isn’t in the department you’re most interested in, there’s plenty of room for progression – with a startup the culture is what you should look for.

4) How can you stand out from other applicants?

Do your research, know the company and show a genuine interest in the job you’re applying for and remain polite throughout the entire process.

Also, show your personality, this is unique to you and for a potential employer it’s important for them to get to know you to find out if you’ll fit in with their existing staff and office culture.

5) What/where can you study, or teach yourself?

Futurelearn offer free online courses in a wide array of subjects including Online & Digital, and General Assembly provide paid courses that are a perfect addition to your CV if you want to pursue a career in tech.

It is a good idea to read blogs and articles, or follow LinkedIn discussions about this area in order to keep up to speed with the latest developments.

If you are looking to start a career in the Tech sector, we’re currently looking for passionate, motivated individuals to join our sales team – if this is something you’re interested, in please get in touch at careers@showmyhomework.co.uk

For more jobs, check out Jobs24.

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