Tech jobs are growing at the fastest rate in nearly a decade. In 2021, 108,000 new tech positions will be created, in addition to anywhere from 700,000- 1 million tech jobs that were already available based on data from previous years.
Though many jobs are available in tech, that doesn’t mean every open position is for a technical professional. CompTIA estimates that 44% of the openings are technical, while 56% are for nontechnical roles like sales, customer support, human resources, finance, and more.
Getting hired for a position at a tech employer is about demonstrating you possess the necessary skills. You and the employer must also agree that working together seems like a benefit to both of you. Let’s talk about what hiring managers are looking for--and what candidates should be looking for as well.
Creating a Resume to Get a Tech Job
The number one crucial quality in a resume is that it expresses what you have done. Talk about problems you solved, troubleshooting, and working with customers. Especially in consulting, customer service experience is huge. Explain what you did in those previous opportunities, even if it was fast food or retail. Hone in on the skills you have that match up to the job description.
With that said, the one-page resume rule might be a little outdated. Hiring managers want to see the details from the last 10 years of whatever you have been doing. That can include part-time work, time off, or being a stay-at-home parent--as long as you can speak to how those experiences helped you develop the relevant skills. Just include the details, and let the length be two or three pages.
Also, a note on education. Within IT, not every organization is going to require a degree. Sometimes, a certification can mean more than a degree. A lot of times experience also matters more than education because your work has been hands-on. Don’t let the contents of your education section prevent you from applying to opportunities. If the job description is asking for education you don’t have, apply anyway. Your certifications and past work experience may mean more.
On the flip side, one element you can’t compromise is the language and correctness of your resume. A strong resume is free of grammatical errors and aligns closely with the language of the job posting. Using the same tech terms, technologies, and skills descriptions from the job posting can help your skills stand out in the ideal context.
In a resume, employers are looking for people who can problem-solve with others and achieve goals through teamwork, so anything that can draw eyes to those skills is a win.
Best Practices for a Tech Job Interview
Tech job interviews are about you and the employer determining the potential for mutual happiness if you are offered the position. With that in mind, the most important thing you can do in a tech job interview is to ask questions. It’s important to know all your concerns are answered because neither you nor the employer wants to be unhappy. Even questions that make you uncomfortable, whether about culture or compensation, should be asked before you accept a job offer (though maybe not always in a first interview).
Ask the interviewers what they love about their job and what draws them to stay there. That is important to know if you are looking for a job where you want to stay for a long time. Other good questions are about the size and structure of the team, management styles among leadership, and the culture and environment. No one wants to be micromanaged and it’s important to find an opportunity where your ideas can be heard and appreciated.
Networking, Recruitment, and Weighing Tech Job Options
Though it’s a candidate’s market, with more available jobs than people, Moser Consulting’s own hometown of Indianapolis is a hub of opportunity. Our cost of living is low and candidates are finding jobs with great benefits and perks as well as the friendly Midwest culture that defines Indiana’s tech ecosystem.
Checking out an organization’s social media can give you a good grasp on their culture and environment through the news and other posts they share. You can also send notes on LinkedIn to introduce yourself and get added touchpoints for any companies where you know you would like to work.
The keys to landing a tech job are preparing your resume and then asking strategic questions, and making connections to find the right role for you, whether technical or non-technical. Candidates should be prepared to show up and interview the employer as much as the employers are interviewing them.
At Moser Consulting, our people are our number one asset. Our headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, and satellite locations in Baltimore, Maryland, and Nashville, Tennessee are always hiring for key technical and non-technical roles that enable us to deliver industry-leading IT consulting services to our clients. We are a family business that has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana for eight consecutive years. We would love to get to know you better if one of the roles currently available at Moser Consulting looks like a great fit for you.