5 things to consider from the insider’s (tech side) perspective
*For those who recently graduated or for those thinking about transitioning to a Tech career.
1. Current Hiring Market Trends in 2020 and why should you care?
Yes, it is incredibly challenging to find a job in 2020.
Some industries are hurt, while others are actively hiring to cope with the growing demand: e-commerce, logistics, remote communications, telemedicine to name a few.
Yes, the job market became even more competitive as you compete with people across the globe (Mike Butcher’s tweet) and most of the teams are working remotely.
Although 7 billion people won’t compete for your job (skills, communication, and culture fit still matter more than how cheap you are, especially in a remote world), it will help level the playing field. Remote workers can also now access a wider job market. https://t.co/uwakVL2dyt
— Mike Butcher (@mikebutcher) May 21, 2020
Mike Butcher is a UK-based journalist and editor at large of TechCrunch
BUT it could be an advantage. Never dreamt of working for an Australian company or a company in the UK? Now you can! Remote work is getting increasingly popular. At the same time, some offices let their employees work remotely until the end of the year/forever/or even became officially distributed organisations Twitter, Google, Coinbase.
Why am I writing it? You have so many opportunities right now (but also challenges, as the competition increases tremendously, too).
2. How to Get Hired if You Have No Experience in Tech?
- Do your homework
Example: To be a product manager: scrap ALL available information, blogs, newsletters, books on this topic. Listen to available interviews of prominent people in the space. Familiarise yourself with the space and the role you have in mind.
- Build some connections in the space
Example: For now just remember that you need to immerse yourself into the ecosystem and get to know people who already do what you would love to do, some people working in companies you would love to work, attend all the events where are all these people might be (2020 brought a lot of opportunities, you do not have to travel and pay for travel expenses and usually for a costly ticket to attend a tech conference). So it might be a tech meet-up, a conference, a Zoom call organised by a friend in Tech or, even a little gathering at Houseparty app!
- Do something for the company upfront
Example: Be a giver, not a taker. Even if you might be rejected, people appreciate something done SPECIFICALLY for them. Identify problems they might have and send them your vision of how they might solve them. If you are applying to a VC: send a custom presentation with potentially hot deals relevant to the VC.
- Self-help. All the knowledge is online (as everyone is now:-) Why don`t you upgrade your skills for your dream job?
Example: There are various online sources available to level up **your tech skills** (NOTE: if you actually do need tech skills for the job you are applying to).
Some of the resources I would love to highlight:
- Demonstrate your skills: make your portfolio visible and share with the community Example:
- Want to work as a software engineer >> show what you can on Github
- Want to be a marketing guru? >> take any project in a small company/your friend’s side business and showcase on this real example what you have achieved. For building your portfolio, you must start somewhere, right? So just start.
- Are you a designer? >> Behance account is a suitable place to start
- UI/UX designer? >> Figma
- Do you want to work in a VC? >> Why don’t you create a virtual portfolio and share your thoughts on each of the companies you’d invest on Medium.
3. Job Application Mistakes to Avoid
- Look up the job description and do not apply if you feel you are not matching the qualifications/some skills. A very typical mistake. Women, according to a statistic, do not apply for a job if they are not matching at least 80%, men just 50%. Be brave and apply if you feel you can cope with this job and have relevant skills. Companies are hiring people, not robots that perfectly matching the resume.
- Your resume cannot display who you are and what you have done. Tailor it to the role you are applying to. If you do not know how – seek some help! A lot of career specialists can help you with your storytelling, CV tailoring, and career advice. Where to look? Freelance platforms such as People Per Hour is a wonderful way to start.
- You do not believe in yourself or think that with your specific background it is difficult to land a job in the IT sector. The world has seen journalists converted into coders and VCs, bankers into operators and CFO in start-ups, models converted to coders, VCs, and community managers. The world is yours, and all the constraints are in your head.
Do you think that “Work in Tech” is only for people with CS degrees or solid knowledge of programming language(s)? It is the case for software engineers, operations people, and so on, but other jobs in Tech are, surprise, nontechnical:
- Media and Communication
- HR (unless you are an IT HR), and many more jobs that do not require a technical background
- You think no one is hiring at the moment and you spent this time complaining about the environment and doing nothing, not even building any online presence and not talking to anyone. You start somewhere, and something will happen.
4. It is All About Your Mindset.
If you desperately need a job, you are just another problem for a boss; if you can solve many of the problems the boss has right now, you are hired. To be hired, think like your boss.
5. Seven Top Sources for Jobs in Tech
- Work in Startups
- We Work Remotely
- Angel List
- Still Hiring
- Juniors in Tech
- Layoffs.fyi – has a list of companies still hiring.