There are many different ways to getting into tech role. Some follow studies in a university or college to become a tech professional, and others may start from scratch and getting experience working as tech assistant, year after year. However, one thing is for sure you don’t need a degree to break into tech. The beauty about the industry is that not everyone needs to be technical, there are many professionals that made it with a non-traditional background.
Spoiler alert, there is no magic formula on how to land a tech role but the one common factor is that every employer looks for a new employee that can add value.
If you want to become a tech professional and start building a career in technology sector, we have some tips for you to help.
Conduct a self-analysis as your first step to begin with. Find out and make a list of your best skill and those you need to achieve. This phase will help you transition to another role. Assess more of your existing skills, values, and preferences.
Lack of direct experience is not a barrier to enter the tech space. Employers and companies value transferable skills as it makes teams become better with problem-solving. The main thing to work with is how can it be possible to transfer your skills from one experience to the next.
The good think is that you might already possess these skills, but you need to learn how to communicate them well.
Once you know where your strengths lie, find titles and roles that fit you and your goals. Here you need to research and explore areas of tech that you are interested in. Look for programs that had helped several people understand the industry, pick up on the tech lingo, learn from experts about the roles and real-world examples, while expanding their network.
Once you find a role, focus on the description of the role to understand what the day-to-day of the role is and what is needed to excel in that role. Then start picking out keywords and matching the skills you already have. You might be surprised to find out that you already have the skills need to break into tech.
You have about 7 seconds to get the attention of a recruiter. The key here is to make it simple and show the recruiter that you are qualified. By now you have all the information to revamp your resume and LinkedIn by using keywords and skills about the role. HR experts have mentioned these 4 components to be critical in your resume:
Resume objective or summary: Make your objective and summary align to the role and the value you add to the company
Work experience: List your experience in chronological order and add any data from previous roles
Skills: Highlight any software or unique skills in a creative way, this can be shown by unique bullets and coloring to make it easier for the recruiter to scan through
Education & Certifications: Show at the end your credentials and accolades
Lastly, you have all the content to use to revamp your LinkedIn. Make sure to take out jargons that do not apply to this new role and update your profile/introduction to communicate more about the new role.
It is time to go forward and progress to level up your skills, possessed or new ones. At this stage, investing your time, resource, effort is essential to help you advance and stand out in the application process. If you have the majority of the skills met but you lack some, you can fill the gap by taking one or several of these steps to fill the gap:
Now that you have done the majority of the work, make sure to connect and network. At this point, a good reference from an employee goes a long way. Connect with people on LinkedIn, ask for informational interviews or phone chats, join clubs and organizations like Product South to expand your network. Remember, your network is your net worth!
In conclusion, when people ask “Do I need to code or get an engineering degree to get in tech?” We always say no! It takes a lot of effort, dedication, and time but you too can break into tech if you follow these tips.
Now, feel confident and get out there, get that job!
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