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How to get a job in the Tech Industry

By TJB Staff

March 31st, 2023

General, How-to, Guide

(3 minute read)

Welcome to the exciting world of the tech industry! In today's rapidly evolving job market, the tech industry is one of the most dynamic and fast-paced sectors, with an ever-increasing demand for skilled professionals. However, with so many opportunities and so much competition, it can be difficult to navigate the job-seeking process and stand out from the crowd.

Know the process

The first step in getting hired in the tech industry is to understand the process of job-seeking and hiring. As mentioned in Why TechJobBoard?, the job search is a task of fuzzy matching, or best-effort match-making between two parties. As a job-seeking individual, your goal is to showcase your skills and experiences that fit the requirements of the role you're applying for, and for the employer, the goal is to find the right talent, at the right cost, as fast as possible.

Know your role

To begin your job search, it is essential to understand the different types of roles available in the tech industry. Some common positions include software engineer, account executive, data scientist, product/project managers, UX designer, technical writer, product marketing manager, and people manager. Each role requires a specific set of skills and experiences, and it is essential to tailor your job search and application materials to match the requirements of the role you are interested in.

Know your audience

Understanding your target company audience and resonating with respective hiring managers is crucial in the job-seeking process. To start, it is important to research the company and the specific role you are interested in. Look at the company's mission, values, and culture, and consider how your skills and experiences align with these factors. Additionally, take the time to review the job description carefully and identify the specific skills and experiences that the hiring manager is looking for. Then, you should have a plan to tailor your application materials to highlight these skills and experiences, and use industry-specific language to demonstrate your understanding of the field. Show how each point in your resume maps to a requirement in the job description, and embodies the core values of the company in question.

By taking the time to understand your target audience and resonating with the hiring manager, you can increase your chances of securing the job and making a meaningful impact at the company. Nothing is worse than an application that was clearly copy and pasted into many “Apply Now” pages with little to no effort to tailor your approach to the role and company. You want to show that you are ready and willing to make your own goals and efforts align to those of the company in question. Demonstrate that you want to be there!

Get ready to apply

Once you have identified the role you are interested in and know how you’re going to resonate with hiring managers and existing employees, the next step is to prepare your application materials. This typically includes your resume, cover letter, and any relevant work samples or portfolio pieces. It is crucial to ensure that your application materials are well-written, error-free, and showcase your most relevant skills and experiences. Mistakes and small errors in this stage give an indication of the quality and attention to detail a hiring manager can expect from you, so pay close attention to what you say and how you say it.

One key tip for standing out in the tech industry is to highlight any specific technical skills or certifications you may have. For example, if you are a software engineer, you may want to highlight any programming languages you are proficient in, such as Java or Python, or any relevant certifications you have earned, such as a Certified Scrum or Agile Developer, or AWS-Certified Solutions Architect.

Improve your chances

In addition to your application materials, it is essential to network and build relationships within the industry, and ideally at your target companies. Attend networking events, join relevant professional organizations, and connect with professionals in your desired field on LinkedIn. Building a strong network can often lead to new job opportunities and provide valuable insights into the industry.

Another critical aspect of getting hired in the tech industry is to stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends and technologies. With the rapid pace of technological advancement, it is essential to continually update your skills and knowledge. This can be achieved through attending industry events and conferences, taking online courses or certification programs, or participating in open-source projects.

One strategy for showcasing your skills and knowledge is to participate in hackathons or coding challenges. These events are typically hosted by tech companies or organizations and provide an opportunity to solve real-world problems and demonstrate your technical abilities. Additionally, participating in hackathons or coding challenges can help you build a portfolio of work that can be used to showcase your skills to potential employers.

Quality over quantity (but quantity matters)

As you begin to apply for jobs in the tech industry, it is important to be strategic in your approach. Rather than simply applying to every job posting that you come across, take the time to research the company and the role. Tailor your application materials to match the specific requirements of the job, and highlight any relevant skills or experiences you may have. You want to aim for a quality-based approach, but do not put all your eggs in one basket. You should apply to no less than 3 companies, but ideally 5-10 to start. Anything over 10 applications and you risk spending too much time juggling updates, communications, and timelines for each job. If you think that 10 is far too few applications, you need to take a step back and examine the top of your funnel. If you feel you need to apply to more than 10 open job requisitions, you are likely leaning towards a "spray and pray" approach, which means you haven't tailored your outreach email or cover letter, resume content, and network of in-house connections enough to give yourself a strong chance.

Mindset for the job application process

It is also important to be persistent in your job search. The tech industry is highly competitive, and it may take time to find the right opportunity. The tech industry offers some of the best compensation, working culture, and career opportunities in the overall job market. Keep your skills and knowledge up-to-date, continue to network and build relationships within the industry, and be open to new opportunities and challenges.

Finally, be prepared for the interview process. In the tech industry, interviews can ofter include technical assessments or coding challenges, in addition to traditional interview questions. It is essential to prepare for these assessments and be confident in your abilities. Practice coding challenges and technical questions, and be ready to explain your thought process and approach to problem solving. When you are ready, click the button below to get started with your job search. Good luck and happy hunting!


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