Technical Competence.

Learn the language of IT, understand how things work in IT companies, what roles and competencies there are, and how teams and processes are built.

Start: 7. July

Format: online


By the end of the course, you will determine how software products are created and understand the various IT roles involved in different stages of the software development life cycle. You will confidently use IT terminology, distinguish nuances in IT job positions, and apply the acquired knowledge and skills to recruit IT specialists.

  • 52 academic hours

    52 hours of self-paced learning with practical assignments and written feedback from the teacher.

  • 10 educational modules

    47 video lessons that can be watched on desktop and mobile on your own flexible schedule.

  • 5 weeks of practice

    Practice on your real vacancies. We'll help you close positions or find a job.

  • 10 bonuses to win

    10 great bonus video lessons to win if you watch the videos and pass the assessments.

  • 1 live meeting with teacher

    3 academic hours, with answers to all your questions and support from the teacher.

  • More than 15 useful files and manuals

    IT Knowledge Base, lots of templates and manuals to work with on a daily basis.

Who are these courses for?

Wanna-be recruiters and fresh recruiters aiming to master IT recruitment or elevate their skills.

HR professionals, recruiters, and industry specialists involved in IT hiring, seeking to grasp IT terminology and enhance their professional value as trusted team partners.

Team leaders and hiring managers looking to effectively lead IT teams, foster clear communication, and understand candidate motivations.

Anyone contemplating an IT career desiring fundamental knowledge about IT business, the software development life cycle, roles, and procedures for a smooth entry into the field.


Learning outcomes

  • You will define the structure of a software product lifecycle, accurately identifying the crucial roles at each stage of software development and offering insightful analyses of their significance.

  • You will easily find understandable explanations of IT terminology, either on your own or with the help of AI, demonstrating the ability to enhance technical competencies as an IT recruiter.

  • You will distinguish between programming languages, frameworks, and other technologies and methodologies, explaining why they are used.

  • You will confidently engage in conversations with IT teams and expertly analyze nuances regarding the product, technologies, team structure, and development processes in a project.

  • You will thoughtfully reflect on your role and responsibilities as an IT recruiter.


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  • Certificate

    A certificate is awarded to a student who has attended 70% of the lessons, completed 70% of the assignments, and successfully passed the final test.

  • Access to the IT Knowledge Base

    The base is packed with 17 tables and a vocabulary and is constantly updated with the latest information.

  • IT Mind Maps

    Useful materials that give an overview of IT roles and relationships in the IT world.

  • Hands-on experience

    We work on your vacancy together as you progress through the course.

  • Support in job search

    81% of students looking for jobs receive offers during or immediately after the course.

Our students work here

IT Talent students work at "Bondora"
IT Talent students work at "Eesti Energia"
IT Talent students work at "LHV"
IT Talent students work at "Iglu"
IT Talent students work at "Manpower"
IT Talent students work at "Bondora"
IT Talent students work at "Eesti Energia"
IT Talent students work at "LHV"
IT Talent students work at "Iglu"
IT Talent students work at "Manpower"

The results of our students

Irina Ranneva - results of IT Talent Academy students
Irina Ranneva

English teacher

  • From English teacher

    Ira worked as an English teacher and was severely burned out in the Covid.

  • To IT Recruiter

    Ira became one of the winners of the course, winning free tuition at the next level. She overcame all of her fears and found her first job as an IT Recruiter.


Julia Jolkin, Alina Kutlugalina, and Ekaterina Krivich gently guided me from zero to hero. Looking forward to the next course with you!

Maris Otteson - results of the recruitment course at the IT Talent Academy
Maris Otteson

Junior IT Recruiter

  • From Junior

    Maris came to recruitment from commerce. She was promoted to junior IT recruiter and felt the need to pump up her technical competencies.

  • To Recruitment Business Partner

    Within six months, Maris had gone through all of our training steps. She graduated as a winner two of the steps as a top student. As a result, Maris was promoted to Recruitment Business Partner and lit up her entire team, including the company's CTO.


From the beginning of this year I have taken part of all the #ittalent courses. I can see how I have grown and how much my approach to challenges has changed. It's been an amazing ride and I am very grateful to all of the teachers, not just for the theoretical part but also for the personal experience they shared.

Amanda Muceniece-Krūmiņa - results of students of the IT Talent Academy online recruitment course
Amanda Muceniece-Krūmiņa


  • From Recruiter

    Amanda worked for a rapidly growing company with a rare chance of the same rapid career advancement for herself.

  • To Global Talent Acquisition Manager

    Now Amanda is a confident Global Talent Acquisition Manager at an unicorn company. She has completed all stages of our training and leads a team of recruiters from several countries.


Thanks to our talented teachers Julia Jolkin, Alina Kutlugalina and Jelena Laudver. It was an amazing experience not only to learn the newest trends in recruitment but also to get to know such amazing study mates - recruitment professionals.

Olga Uusma -  student results in the online IT Talent Academy
Olga Uusmaa


  • From Stewardess

    Olga was a stewardess, married a pilot and had 2 wonderful boys. She joined the course in November 2021 with the help of a European fund.

  • To IT Recruitment Specialist

    After the first part of the course, Olga got her first recruitment job in an agency. She is working with different vacancies: from pharmaceutical jobs to IT roles. She won the second course and joined the Technical competence group in January 2022.


It was mind-blowing! The whole new universe of IT opened up for me with help of Julia Jolkin and Ekaterina Krivich. These ladies are rocking! My world will never be the same. Now let's get back to hard work. I'm gonna head-hunt you!

Kaidi Räsu
Kaidi Räsu

Stay-at-Home Mom

  • From Stay-at-Home Mom

    Kaidi, a stay-at-home mom, desired a new career in IT recruitment. With no prior experience, she doubted her abilities to succeed.

  • To IT Recruiter

    Through IT Talent Academy courses, Kaidi overcame self-doubt, embraced flexibility, and discovered remote opportunities. Now, she thrives as a skilled IT recruiter, understanding candidates' needs.


I had been a stay-at-home mum for the past 5 years, completely away from HR and work life in general. So the circumstances were far from perfect. But I didn't give up. And It was because I began to feel that my teachers saw value in me. It's amazing how far you are willing to go when someone believes in you.

Polina Shalova
Polina Shalova

Freelance Marketing Manager

  • From Aspiring Newbie

    Polina, a beginner, sought a meaningful career in recruitment but lacked experience and a strong network.

  • To Inspiring Recruiter

    Through the IT Talent Academy's Modern Recruitment, Technical Competence, and Advanced Recruitment courses, Polina blossomed into an inspiring recruiter and joined Apollo.


One thing I loved about this course was not just gaining practical knowledge about automation tools that can make building and managing candidate pools and reaching out ten times faster, but also experiencing a mindset shift.

Alesja Solonevits
Alesja Solonevits

Full-Time Mom

  • From Full-Time Mom

    Alesja lacked the knowledge and experience to work as a recruiter. She decided to get the necessary skills at the IT Talent Academy courses.

  • To Recruiter in 5 Months

    The IT Recruiter course helped Alesja to prove herself as a recruiter, despite having little experience in this field. As a result, she got a position as a recruiter at DPD.


It’s been challenging, interesting, eye opening and mind blowing course, and I’m so proud of myself I made it until here. Juggling between being full time mom of a toddler, job search, interviews and test assignments, working on the business case and study is not easy. But I made it!

Mariyam Ydyrys
Mariyam Ydyrys

Career Advisor

  • From Career Advisor

    Mariyam, a career advisor from Kazakhstan, moved to Estonia and decided to pursue a career as an IT recruiter, despite having no prior experience or knowledge of the subject.

  • To Technical Sourcer in 5 Months

    With 3 IT Talent Academy certificates in a row, Mariyam landed a job as a Technical Sourcer at Wise, impressing interviewers with her knowledge of recruitment automation.


Thanks for the brilliant professionals at IT Talent Estonia especially Julia Jolkin 👠👠 and Alina Kutlugalina. My life credo is to learn from the best, and they are the best in technical recruiting for sure.

Valeria Paas
Valeria Paas


  • From Unemployed

    Valeria lost her job and felt uncertain about her future.

  • To People Partner in 3 Months

    Valeria started to learn IT recruitment, and within a month, she found a new job as People Partner at DomeStack. Training helped her solidify her skills and gain confidence in her new profession.


2 months of the course behind my back, and my life has already turned 180 degrees. Fantastic result!

Kedi Le Brocque
Kedi Le Brocque

Head of Human Resources

  • From Maternity Leave

    Kedi wanted to acquire internationally transferable skills and get a new career direction.

  • To Talent Acquisition Partner

    Kedi successfully graduated from the IT Talent Academy, securing her dream job as a Talent Acquisition Partner at Genius Sports.


If you are seeking to broaden your horizons and expand your professional capabilities, I highly recommend this incredible course.

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Our speakers

  • Julia Jolkin

    Julia Jolkin

    Top IT Recruiter, Founder of IT Talent and IT Talent Academy, Mentor

  • Ekaterina Krivich

    Ekaterina Krivich

    Lead Software Engineer, Mentor

Course program

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  • Module 1. Software Development Life Сycle. The first stage – planning. Hiring analysts

    Curriculum group:  0688 Interdisciplinary study field of information and communication technology.

    You will learn:

    • Technical competence. What do you need to know and why?

    • What does a company’s HR or IT recruiter definitely need to be competent in?

    • How are software products created and developed?

    • How is a Software Development Life Cycle built and what are the roles of each stage?

    • What happens during the first planning stage?

    • How to recruit analysts?

    Module outcomes:

    • You will learn to research any IT terminology and find answers independently.

    • You will understand how products are born and made.

    • You will know the logical connection between product development stages and IT roles in each stage.

    • You will see in which market sector is your company positioned, its type, and in which development stage is your company’s product.

    • You will learn to distinguish such terms as product roadmap, В2В, В2C, scaleup, start-up, product roadmap, feasibility study etc.

    • You will know the difference between the BI Analyst and Business Analyst.


    • Additional reading and watching materials for the lesson.

    • IT Knowledge Base: SDLC

    • Mind Map Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).

    • Mind Map Types of Products and Companies.

    • IT Role Job Order Checklist.

    • Job Description Template.

    • Channels for researching IT terms.

    • GlossaryTech Chrome extension, other useful plugins.


    • HOW TO Lesson. How IT specialists are looking for information?

  • Module 2. The second stage of SDLC - design and architecture. How to hire designers, architects and product specialists

    You will learn:

    • What are the product development stages from prototyping to launch?
    • Which roles exist in product development management? What is the difference between a РM, РO and the Product Manager?
    • How is a product design created? The differences between UX, UI and graphic design.
    • What are the nuances of architecture roles?

    Module outcomes:

    • You will be able to easily differentiate and analyse the nuances of UX, UI, product designer and graphic designer vacancies and profiles.
    • You will be easily able to differentiate the vacancies and profiles of a Product Owner and Product Manager, and ask them correct questions at the interview.
    • You will understand the differences between different types of architects.
    • You will understand such terms as MVР, wireframe, layout, mock-up, launch.


    • Additional articles and videos on the subject.
    • IT Knowledge Base: Designers, Architects, Testers (QA).
    • IT Knowledge Base: Managers.
    • Chart: PM vs PO vs BA.


    • PRO Lesson. How to find designers?
  • Module 3. Teamwork and processes. How do they do it? Top management roles in IT companies

    You will learn:

    • The differences between the methodologies: Waterfall and Agile.
    • What is the difference between Scrum and Kanban?
    • What are Scrum “rituals”?
    • The tools used by tech teams for cooperation: JIRA, Confluence, Trello.
    • Different types of teams by function types.
    • The differences between monolith and microservices architecture.
    • How to differentiate the nuances of management roles: VР of Engineering, Engineering Manager, CTO, Team Lead?

    Module outcomes:

    • You will understand how your team is structured.
    • You will see which methodology your team uses in its work.
    • You will know which Scrum “rituals” are implemented in your team.
    • You’ll find out how Agile is your team.
    • You will understand such terms as sprint, release, stand up, ticket, backlog, retrospective.
    • You will be able to analyse vacancies and resumes of management roles of an IT company.


    • Additional articles and videos on the subject.
    • IT Knowledge Base: Managers.
    • IT Knowledge Base: Tops.
    • IT Talent's intake meeting questions.
    • Software Development Methodologies Mind Map.
    • Scrum Process Mind Map.


    • PRO Lesson. How to use an AI assistant in learning technical competence?
  • Module 4. The third stage of Software Development Life Cycle — program. How to hire frontend developers

    You will learn:

    • The difference between fullstack, frontend and backend developers.
    • What are the base technologies used in the work of frontend developers?
    • What are frameworks and why are they needed?
    • Which Javascript frameworks are most popular: React, VueJS, Angular?
    • How are HTML and CSS used?
    • What are Adaptive and Responsive design?
    • How do designers and frontend developers cooperate?
    • What is the difference between React and React Native?
    • Using Javascript programming language in backend. NodeJS and Typescript.

    Module outcomes:

    • You will understand the difference between frontend, backend and fullstack.
    • You will know what frameworks are and why they are used in development.
    • You will learn the nuances of frontend roles and will be able to understand developer terminology.
    • You will understand the intricacies of frontend vacancies and profiles, and the differences of frontend frameworks.
    • You will find out how the Javascript programming language is used in both frontend and backend development.
    • You will be able to ask the correct clarifying questions during the interview.
    • You will understand such terms as fullstack, responsive, adaptive, mobile-first paradigm.


    • Frontend Technologies Mind Map.
    • Additional articles and videos on the subject.
    • IT Knowledge Base: Developers.


    • PRO Lesson. All you need to know about GitHub.
  • Module 5. Backend. Part I. How to hire backend developers and database specialists

    You will learn:

    • Why do you need to know the project’s tech stack?

    • What are the important terms of backend development?

    • How do frontend, backend and databases work together?

    • What are the differences between object-oriented and functional programming languages?

    • Which connections between programming languages allow one to quickly switch from one language to another?

    • Using Javascript programming language in backend. Javascript (+Typescript).

    • What are the existing popular object oriented programming languages (OOР)? Let’s talk about Java, C#, Ruby, Go (GoLang), РHР, Python.

    • Which projects use such functional programming languages (FР) as Elixir, Scala.

    • What are the popular frameworks for backend: Spring, Rails, Django, .NET?

    • What databases are there, and what are the nuances of database specialist vacancies?


    • You will understand how programmers work and why they must not be distracted from their work process.

    • You’ll be able to differentiate between the programming languages, frameworks and other technologies used in backend development.

    • You will understand what types of projects use the above-mentioned programming languages.

    • You will realize how programmers can quickly switch to another programming language.

    • You will be able to differentiate relational and non-relational databases.

    • You will know the difference between the roles of a Database Administrator and a Database Engineer.

    • You will understand such terms as ETL, AРI, Github, OOР, code review.

    • You will feel confident asking and answering candidate questions.


    • Additional articles and videos on the subject.

    • Development Mind Map.

    • IT Knowledge Base: Developers.

    • IT Knowledge Base: Database.

    • Job description questions.


    • PRO Lesson. How to source candidates on GitHub.

  • Module 6. Backend. Part II.  The fourth stage of Software Development Life Cycle - testing. How to hire backend, mobile, embedded developers and QA specialists

    You will learn:

    • What is the C/C++ programming language used for and what is embedded development?
    • What technologies are used in mobile development?
    • What are the differences between native and cross-platform apps?
    • Mobile development technologies: Android, Kotlin, iOS (Swift, Objective-C), React Native, Flutter.
    • What type of mobile developers are there?
    • Testing stage: what? why? how?
    • The roles of QA: manual testing, automation, SDET.


    • You will study the nuances of professional roles in mobile development.
    • You’ll be able to understand the nuances of testing-related vacancies.
    • You will know the terms often used in vacancy descriptions such as highload, scalability, vulnerability, clean code.
    • You will be able to speak the same language as the development team.
    • You will clearly determine the developer’s experience by looking at their profile.
    • You will confidently navigate in development vacancy descriptions.


    • Additional articles and videos on the subject.
    • Development Mind Map.
    • Testing Mind Map.
    • IT Knowledge base: Developers.
    • IT Knowledge base: Testing.


    • PRO Lesson. How to find the contacts of the candidates you found on Github.
  • Module 7. The fifth stage of Software Development Lifecycle - deployment. How to hire DevOps, SRE Engineers and Infrastructure Engineers

    You will learn:

    • Difference between DevOps, TechOps and SRE.
    • Code deployment, containerisation and app container orchestrating.
    • What are the differences between Infrastructure Engineer, System Administrator and Network Administrator roles?
    • Support specialists. Difference between Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 support.
    • How is data analysis done?
    • What instruments are used for data visualisation? BI and Data analytics.
    • How to select Data Science specialists? Machine learning.
    • What are the security roles? Security specialists.


    • You will learn the difference between deploy and release.
    • You will know the difference between containerization and orchestration.
    • You will understand the difference between SRE, Devops Engineer, Infrastructure Engineer.


    • Additional articles and videos on the subject.
    • IT Knowledge Base: Deploy.
    • Mindmap: DevOps.


    • HOW TO Lesson. How to reach out to IT candidates.
  • Module 8. The sixth stage of Software Development Lifecycle - maintenance. How to hire maintenance, support and security specialists

    You will learn:

    • What is the maintenance stage of SDLC about?

    • What roles are involved in the maintenance stage?

    • What is the difference between a system and a network?

    • What is the difference between a system engineer and a system administrator?

    • Support specialists. Difference between Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 support.

    • Why should a company hire Security Specialists?

    • What are the security roles? Security specialists.

    Module outcomes:

    • You will learn what the maintenance stage of SDLC is and what roles are involved.

    • You will learn the difference between System and Network Engineers and Administrators.

    • You will know about all types of support and the difference between support specialists of Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.

    • You will understand the difference between security roles and their responsibilities.


    • Additional articles and videos on the subject.

    • IT Knowledge Base: Deploy and maintenance.

    • IT Knowledge Base: Support levels.

    • IT Knowledge Base: Cyber Security.


    • PRO Lesson How to prepare for a search with the help of AI.

  • Module 9. The final stage Software Development Life Cycle — analyze the results. How to hire for Data roles

    You will learn:

    • What is the final stage of SDLC about?
    • How is data analysis done?
    • What are the main roles in data analysis and BI?
    • What is Data Science? What do Data Scientists do?
    • What tools are used for data visualisation? BI and Data analytics.
    • How is data extracted, transformed, analysed and visualised?
    • What is Business Intelligence, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence?


    • You will understand the difference between Business Intelligence and Data Science.
    • You will know the difference between Database specialists and Data specialists, Business Intelligence specialists and Data Science specialists.
    • You will learn the difference between a Data Engineer, Data Scientist, Machine Learning Engineer.


    • Additional articles and videos on the subject.
    • IT Knowledge Base: Data.
    • IT Knowledge Base: Database.


    • PRO Lesson. How to source data candidates on Kaggle.
  • Module 10. How to stand out as an IT Recruiter

    You will learn:

    • What is a formula for an ideal job description?

    • Expectations of a recruiting manager and candidate.

    • The needs and motivations of IT specialists on the basis of Maslow’s pyramid.

    • How to stand out among the crowd of IT recruiters?

    • How to conduct an interview in a way that candidates would recommend you to their friends and how to become a “go-to” person? The “give to take” principle.

    • How to keep yourself up to date with technologies and trends of the IT market?

    • How to develop your technical competence further? Who to follow, what other books and articles to read?


    • You will learn how to correctly manage the expectations of candidates and recruiting managers.

    • You will be able to switch to a candidate-centric recruitment approach.

    • You will know how to have a first quality interview that lets you correctly filter out candidates.

    • You will be able to quickly evaluate the developer’s experience and assume their motivation to switch jobs.

    • You will understand how to keep an eye on the trends and popularity of technologies.

    • You’ll be a confident specialist in a constantly changing world.


    • Additional articles and videos on the subject.

    • IT Recruiter Mind Maps (all of the course’s mind maps put together).

    • Recommendations for further learning.


    • PRO LESSON: How to prepare for an Interview with the help of AI.



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Frequently asked questions

I am very far from IT. It seems very complicated. Can I do it?All the way you will be supported by mentors, general chat with experts, a tremendous amount of additional materials and encouragement from your colleagues! Throughout the course, you'll interact with real IT programmers. You will be able to communicate as an equal and learn that there are no silly questions. Our goal is not just to give you information, but to get you in the habit of learning IT terminology on your own, digging deeper, diving into the issue, and figuring out how it works. We will explain complicated things with simple words and familiar examples from life. You won't just learn the terminology. We will help you understand how things work in IT and what the essence of each role is. Together we will systematize the information we receive and build logical connections.
I don't have time...We have a very flexible learning format, so you can adjust most of the lessons to fit your personal schedule. Moreover, our online educational platform allows you to study both from your desktop and from your mobile phone. We've also designed our training in a way that helps you perform your workflow, making it more productive. If you are an active recruiter, during the course we will work on your real vacancies. You will also have access to the course for 3 months. You will be able to repeatedly return to the materials to polish the new skills.
Will I be able to study in English?We have provided several options to help you better understand the material. You can adjust the speed of the video lessons according to your level of proficiency or pause them and listen again. You can also reinforce the new material by downloading the slides. All lessons are accompanied by summaries. As a result, one of the achievements of the course will be a significant improvement in your English level in terms of professional use. You will be able to smoothly enter the world of IT terminology and polish your skills while communicating with the go-to person.
Will I be able to find a job?There is an acute shortage of specialists in the market. For those who are just starting their journey in IT recruitment, we provide support by sharing useful materials for preparing for an interview, and of course, moral support, giving self-confidence. We teach you to make yourself known in the market and support you in the search even after the end of the course. You will learn from the best practitioners in the field who have been named the best recruiter of 2022. We hired for the best IT companies in Estonia! IT Talent is a trademark of quality in Estonian recruitment.
It's too expensive…95% of our students being fresh recruiters found jobs right after the course. 100% of our students being active recruiters improved their productivity and are able to fill at least 3 times more vacancies after the course. All of our students increase their income at least one-third within a few months after the course. This means that with our training you improve the quality of your life and invest in rapid career growth: our students get from 1-2 promotions per year. If you need help with funding your studies, contact us to discuss your options.