Starting a Career in Tech: Tips From an Expert

Katie Dunn By Katie Dunn ● June 11, 2021
Top Tech Interview Tips When Starting Out
Start­ing a career in tech can be a lot, so today we’re lay­ing out some advice from expert Helen Kruskamp.
In the com­ing weeks, we’ll be ask­ing our key recruit­ing part­ners what skills are top-of-mind, what advice they have for job seek­ers and what they love about their jobs. Today, we’re fea­tur­ing Helen Kruskamp, Senior Tal­ent Acqui­si­tion Man­ag­er at Spreedly.

1. What advice do you have for peo­ple start­ing a career in tech today?

Don’t leave any­thing to the recruiter or hir­ing man­ager’s imag­i­na­tion. If you are not the typ­i­cal” can­di­date or your expe­ri­ence isn’t an obvi­ous match be sure to con­nect the dots. Include a brief cov­er let­ter explain­ing exact­ly why you are a great fit for the role. Recruiters and hir­ing man­agers may be very open to tak­ing a chance on a non-tra­di­tion­al can­di­date, but they are unlike­ly to make the con­nec­tions with­out your help.

2. What skills do you think will be most impor­tant in tomor­row’s workforce?

Curios­i­ty, adapt­abil­i­ty, and ded­i­ca­tion to learn­ing are incred­i­ble skills for some­one start­ing a career in tech. Your hard skills may qual­i­fy you for a job today, but your soft skills will make you invalu­able to a com­pa­ny in the long run.

3. What’s your favorite part of your job?

I am hon­ored to be a part of each can­di­dates’ pro­fes­sion­al jour­ney as they’re start­ing a career in tech. I absolute­ly love con­nect­ing won­der­ful peo­ple with new oppor­tu­ni­ties. Job search­ing can be a vul­ner­a­ble expe­ri­ence, espe­cial­ly for peo­ple with diverse back­grounds, those chang­ing careers or com­ing back after time away, or those who have expe­ri­enced lay­offs and oth­er chal­lenges. Whether you wind up work­ing at Spreed­ly or not, I hope you feel respect­ed and have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn when you engage with us as a candidate.

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