If you are on the hunt for a job in the tech industry, there is good news and bad news for you. The good news is that the tech industry is ever-growing, ever-evolving, and ever on the lookout for skilled workers. The bad news is that competition is increasing, especially among certain tech roles, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, you might find that good jobs are a bit harder to find these days.
So what can you do to land that top tech job (before someone else does)? Here are a few tips.
Expand your skillset.
There is always more to learn—especially when it comes to the tech world. Any additional training you are able to get is only going to help you stand out in a crowded space. Better yet, if you can specialize in a niche area, the pool of other potential candidates is going to shrink. The ideal solution would be to study an area of tech that is still evolving, such as cybersecurity or AI.
Grow your network.
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Sometimes, that adage holds true when it comes to job hunting. The connections you make with people in the industry can prove invaluable; when a job opens up at their company, you want them to think of you. So make connections on LinkedIn, attend networking events, and ask for introductions. The bigger your network, the better your chances of landing your dream job with less competition.
Stay in the know.
Your potential employer is going to want to know that you are passionate about the industry. Show them that is the case by staying in the loop when it comes to industry news, events, and developments. Follow the right social media accounts (including the company you’re applying to!), read and share articles, and become well versed in industry trends. This will show your potential employer that you love what you do.
Nail the interview.
An interview is important for landing any job, but if the competition is fierce or this job is one you really want, then you definitely have to knock it out of the park when it comes to your interview. The best way to do this is to really get to know the company you’re interviewing for. What are they looking for in an ideal candidate? In what ways does that genuinely match your skillset, desired future, and personality? Make sure you highlight the places where what you’re offering lines up with what their dream candidate looks like.
Many tech companies are known for the exceptional perks and benefits they offer their employees (flexible hours, work from home opportunities, unlimited vacation days, etc.). While you may be looking forward to these perks, you should be prepared to have some flexibility when it comes to what you can demand from your potential employer. Don’t be excessive with your expectations, and know which things are up for debate and which are non-negotiable. Be flexible where you can: it will show your potential employer that you are easy to work with and not overly demanding.
Landing a top tech job may not be easy these days, but it is absolutely possible. Do your research, be prepared, and go after the jobs you are qualified for. Happy job hunting!
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