Tech Jobs: Tips for Using Dice.com to Job Search

Started in 1990, Dice.com has grown to be arguably the best Tech-focused employment site for jobseekers and companies alike. Free to join, Dice.com provides a hub specifically for identifying top talent in technology sectors while listing well over 50,000 jobs available worldwide each day. For companies, the Dice.com’s “TalentSearch” feature provides a searchable database of tech professionals with tools to easily identify candidates who have the specific skillsets a position or project requires. What’s more, Dice.com offers discounted rates for posting two or more jobs while assuring qualified professionals see the ads. It is a dream website for companies and recruiters as they navigate the profiles of tech professionals. For jobseekers, Dice.com is equally efficient, an absolute game-changer for tech industry specialists.

Effective Dice.com Job Searches

After first creating a profile, jobseekers are able to search for employment opportunities based on keywords or specific job titles, all within prescribed distances of a jobseeker’s location when using the ‘advanced search’ feature. Listing specific technological programs or hardware you are specialized in is a great way to keep the search findings to a manageable size while generating great employment opportunities best suited to your background and interests.

Finding too few jobs with the search? In that case, cut back on modifiers you use in the search engine. For those professionals who have long dreamed of working for a top tech company, one search window even allows jobseekers to search specific companies for openings. Again, limiting search terms placed in other search windows will likely provide a larger pool of potential jobs to sort through. For instances where a search is identifying a massive number of jobs and a jobseeker has limited amounts of time for researching companies and positions, utilize more of the search window options to narrow search results. For example, by using the window/option for job descriptions “with the exact phrase,” jobseekers can eliminate a majority of positions that they may not be interested in.

An added feature to Dice.com’s search engine is the ability to designate where in the nation a professional would like to find employment. Whether a jobseeker is in the process of relocating to another state or is just looking for new opportunities near his current home base, the advanced search also allows users to search for jobs within 5 to 100 mile radius of a given zip code, city, or state. For those open to relocation, simply leave this search window blank when looking for job opportunities. For job seekers unable to relocate, whether for personal or financial reasons, simply use the distance scale to identify job opportunities within a suitable travel distance/ commute time.

The Home Office

Whether looking to work 10% or 100% of the time from home, Dice.com provides jobseekers the ability to search for specific jobs allowing employees to conduct some if not all business from the comfort of their own homes. While working 100% of the time is really not an option for professionals in most fields, a growing number of tech companies are offering employees the option to telecommute, working part or full time from home.

For those tech professionals seeking part time or freelance work opportunities to generate additional income with which to pay bills or reduce debt, this search feature offers an incredible tool as it helps to quickly sort out any jobs that allow employees to work from a home office. For such opportunities, be mindful of your household internet services available as a fast, dependable internet connection is likely to be a condition of the work from home plan.

Keys to Developing a Powerful Profile

To ensure your profile grabs the attention of recruiters, jobseekers need to create one that is impactful listing specific skills, training, and programming mastery relevant to their abilities and work history. At Dice.com, creating such a profile could not be easier.

After completing the free registration process for the website, site users are given an option to either upload a resume or to enter their job history manually. To simplify things, users should choose the upload option as Dice.com’s system does a magnificent job of scanning uploaded resumes and in turn accurately populating work history screens with respective career data: positions, employers, and years of employment. Remarkably, the system also analyses resumes and generates a list of a professional’s skills based on a resume’s text. This is where careful attention needs to be paid.

Site users are required to list at least five professional skills on their profiles, which is more of an issue for those manually inputting their work history. If you elect to upload your resume as I did, you will find that Dice.com generates upwards of twenty skills reflected by text in the aforementioned resume. On top of this, the programming’s algorithms calculate and then identify the number of years a user has employed a respective skill. This is where site users need to carefully proofread as oftentimes the programming will not accurately identify all the years you’ve possessed and employed a given skill. Check over every skill it lists for accuracy as Dice.com may also add skills that you don’t use or you’ve not learned (it listed ‘internship’ for me – I’ve never had an internship).

Moving forward, add skills as you gain them and make certain to adjust the list of skills to include any specialized skills relevant to the jobs you are applying to. Doing so will help you stand out from the crowd of applicants applying for or being considered for a particular position.

Education

While Dice.com excelled at scanning and interpreting resumes for employment history, it was not as helpful in regards to translating a resume’s education information via the system’s algorithms. Site users need to input that information manually. What’s more, Dice.com does not provide a separate section for certifications and/ or professional certificates. To compensate for this oversight, site users should add their relevant certifications and professional certificates in the “skills” section previously discussed (i.e. “AWS Certified Developer – Associate Level”).

Web Presence

An additional profile feature worthy of note is the ability to list your digital profiles and websites. Possible listings include a user’s Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn URLs along with one website. Considering that employers often do check over a job applicant’s web presence, be mindful of the sites you share. If your Twitter feed is a place where you and your friends playfully harass one another, including your Twitter URL on Dice.com is not a good idea as a recruiter or hiring manager may take that as a sign that you are too immature for a position. On the other hand, if you used Twitter to develop your industry network, including it is likely a good idea especially if your daily “Tweets” provide guidance or reviews related to technology (software, hardware, etc.).

In keeping with this advice, make certain to remove inappropriate images from all sites, particularly Facebook where photos of individual’s drunken escapades too often appear. Yes, you could simply set the account to ‘private’ and hope that keeps a potential employer from seeing anything immature or vulgar. However, keep in mind that all it takes is for one of your ‘approved’ followers to share an unfortunate photo or Twitter rant for it to go viral.

Beta Tests: The Next Step for Dice.com

Currently, Dice.com is Beta testing two new features: the Salary Predictor and Career Path programs. Located within the site’s CAREER EXPLORER tab and clearly marked “only visible to you,” these features are designed to provide career guidance, the former on salaries to expect based on a user’s posted skill sets and job titles while the latter provides suggestions as to career paths worth considering, again results based on a user’s profile. For the Salary Predictor’, users can adjust the job title they are pursuing along with the skills they list for the prediction. According to the website, Dice.com’s Salary Predictor uses over “600,000 data points” to generate the estimate of what salary you could expect, which includes your designated skills and the specific job you are seeking.

As for ‘Career Path’ programming, with your current job title as a starting point, the site lists jobs/careers often pursued by others in your line of work. One you select one of the listed careers, Dice.com generates data including how many skills you possess relevant to recent hires and the number of jobs both within your location and nationwide. It is most definitely worth utilizing this tool especially for those early in their careers, individuals who often are not aware of the diversity of opportunities education can provide.

Searchability

Once a user’s profile is completed, it is necessary to decide whether or not to allow others (including recruiters and hiring managers) to view his profile. For those not actively looking for work, it is fine to leave the profile hidden. That said, some of the best job opportunities came as a surprise, so it is still worth considering allowing others to view your profile. You never know.

For those actively searching for a new job, it is critical that you ensure that the profile is viewable. Doing so will increase the chances that a recruiter or business owner may find your profile and decide to call you in for an interview. To make your profile public, visit your profile page where you will find the button that allows you to say whether or not recruiters and employers can review your information. While there, also take time to click on the link to see what “employers see” when they review your profile. Taking that minute to review and proofread your work could make the difference in whether or not you are offered a job.

Conclusion

Remaining up to date in one’s field is a necessity so market changes and career hurdles don’t hurt your career progression. Fortunately, Dice.com provides a wealth of articles, both informational and educational, with which tech professionals can remain aware of industry changes, world technological developments, and professionals leading new and intriguing research and development. Under the heading of Career Toolkit Articles are a range of resources including general career guidance (resume writing, cover letter writing and interviewing) and links to low-cost, online educational opportunities through companies including UDEMY and Coursera. Whether your looking to learn new skills or to determine what the next big tech trend is, Dice.com has you covered.