The tech industry is known to be a world that values who you know more than what you know, and once you are in you are never really out. This comes as a challenge to those who may not have links to the tech world, and no real route of actually getting in. The tech industry is a cut-throat place and you will need all the help you can get; so as an insider who has experience within the tech industry I will provide you with all the skills I have learned to help you get that dream tech firm job. So, here are my biggest tips.
Always be Honest
First and foremost, you must always be honest. Tech firms value honesty like gold dust, and if you think that these tech firms won’t use powerful software to dig into your past then you are mistaken. Tech firms strive for honesty and there are numerous cutting edge background checks that these companies will use; I mean just look at this Http://www.kyshrm.org/employment-background-check/, so if you want to get anywhere near the interview room just be honest! And remember the tech industry is a small place so if you lie to one firm it is almost a certainty that others will find out, and you will tarnish your already small reputation. Tech firms are extremely secretive places so a potential employee must show a true streak of honesty. So, try to stay clean and stay true.
Like almost all forms of life, communication is key, and this is no truer than in the tech world. It is one of life’s great myths that all techies are asocial nerds, this simply cannot be further from the truth. Tech firms hold great value in an applicant’s social skills as it is highly likely that they will be working in a small team, where chemistry is pivotal. So do not be afraid to show confidence and extroverted nature, these assets are necessary to the functioning of any tech firm.
A Multi-Talented Individual
It is no longer enough for an individual to be great at just one thing, an employee must now be a swiss army knife with great abilities in multiple different sectors. So, do not just focus on coding or just software engineering at college. As tech firms get smaller and smaller, a potential employee must show great ability in numerous aspects of the tech world. When I first started out this was something that was not necessary. You did your job and you were fine. Nowadays, an employee is expected to do five different jobs at once!
Finally, the most important attribute that a tech firm will look for is experience. This experience will come from internships. There are things that college will simply not teach you. You need to feel the rhythm of the workplace environment and showcase a true understanding of the tech world. Tech firms are always looking for free labor, so while at college try to apply for as many internships as possible. Though the work may feel steep the rewards are numerous and this experience will shine brighter than any grade on your resume. I remember when I got my first tech job, I was specifically told that my experience in the field, from my internships, was what truly made me stand out.
So, for any potential Bill Gates or Tim Cooks, remember to build yourself as an individual in both the personal and the professional; and I hope that these tips can help you get that first foot in the door.