How to Get a Job in Tech

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Find an Entry-Level Job in Tech

Once you have the tech skills needed to land the job, it's time to start your search. Here are three proven ways to find the right role for you.

Explore job boards.

Bookmark some of your favorite job boards, and set up alerts using keywords associated with your desired roles. Regularly visit major boards like LinkedIn and Indeed, but don’t count out smaller and more specialized boards like Idealist, Out in Tech, AngelList, Purpose Jobs, and others geared toward specific groups and areas of tech.

Tap into your network.

Let people know you’re looking for a new role. Announce it on LinkedIn or other social platforms where people you know might share the information, or keep you in mind when they come across related opportunities. Additionally, you can seek out online or local networking events related to jobs in tech to expand your network.

Choose a training program with built-in career support.

Traditional college programs, as well as most bootcamps, come with built-in career support. When considering how you want to train for a tech career, it’s important to factor career services into the equation. 

Bootcamp career support often includes networking guidance, resume building, interview preparation, and help navigating the tech job market post-graduation. Additionally, as mentioned above, certain internships and apprenticeships can lead to full-time employment.

How to Get a Job in Tech: Interview Tips

Every company has its hiring processes and requirements, but being generally prepared for the interview process is key to helping ease your nerves, quiet your imposter syndrome, and provide the confidence boost you need to do well. 

You can prepare for a tech job interview by focusing on: 
  • The technical knowledge and skills you’ll need to demonstrate.
  • The mindset you should attempt to cultivate to set yourself apart from other candidates.

The Technical Side 

Depending on the company and the role you’re interviewing for, you may be expected to:

1. Conduct a Phone Interview

You can prepare by practicing how to explain applicable technical concepts aloud. Rehearse discussing examples of how these concepts might be used in real-world scenarios.

2. Conduct a Full Interview (Technical and Behavioral)

During these interviews, which could be online or in-person, you’re likely to be asked to talk through a technical problem and/or explain a related project that you’ve worked on. Prepare by narrowing down examples you’d like to use and practice talking through them out loud, preferably with a friend, mentor, coach, or anyone else willing to help.

You can also prepare by recording yourself doing a practice interview so you can watch it back and make improvements based on what you see. There are several AI-based mock interview tools available, but most come at a cost. Still, it’s something to consider investing in, as these tools can help you work through interview questions and expectations.

The Importance of Mindset 

A successful tech career is not solely about technical skills. You also need to demonstrate a positive, resilient mindset.

During your interview, try to find ways to discuss: 

  • Your interest and enthusiasm for the role
  • Your curiosity and ability to ask good questions
  • Your willingness to work in a team environment
  • Your grit and experience in working through challenges

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