How to Get a Job in Tech
We all remember our guidance counselor in high school explaining the rules of recruiting to us. Well, not to alarm, but especially in tech – they’ve changed.
Formal education and years of experience aren’t as important as they used to be. Impact and quality of output is so much more important than ” paying your dues”. This change means amazing things and it means there are opportunities where there weren’t before. It also means that there is competition where there wasn’t any before.
So how do you stand out? Personal branding and portfolio are the answer! First, engage in your community online and offline. Scan the internet for events happening in your area (check out Tech Vibes, AngelList, BCTIA, and other sites specific to your industry) be it conferences, meetups, or networking events and meet people. If someone knows you they are far more likely to take a chance on you so get chatting and start asking people for coffee. Social opens up a whole world of people you might not have normally met, so start engaging on social as another great way to start a conversation with industry thought leaders.
Also, have an opinion! When you are chatting with people, they will be impressed if you keep up with industry and are thinking and talk about it in your spare time. Start a blog, work on fun projects, volunteer to do work for your friends, and read as much as you can about the space. This passion and opinion will make you stand out and make you memorable to hiring managers.
Lastly, remember to mind your p’s and q’s – be polite and respectful of people’s time, thank them for chatting or meeting with you, be positive, energetic and most importantly be yourself. Putting yourself out there by contributing to the community and having an opinion will be impressive to hiring managers and will help you get the job of your dreams.
Creative Director / Lead Instructor, UI & Communication Design
Julie is a Designer with expertise in crafting highly engaging digital experiences for organizations like TELUS, YYoga, Escents, and Rutgers University at digital agency Pound & Grain. Originally from New-Caledonia, she joined the RED team where she uses her well-rounded set of skills and her background in fine arts & coding to fuel her strong enthusiasm for teaching UI & Communication Design.
Julie is passionate about thinking of innovative ways to leverage user-centric design at every possible moment - whether it's through her teaching, her design work, or while contributing to the betterment of her surroundings.