How to Build Successful Technology Careers

Katie Dunn By Katie Dunn ● November 30, 2020
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There’s no bet­ter time to build suc­cess­ful tech­nol­o­gy careers. Accord­ing to the lat­est data, the tech­nol­o­gy indus­try is one of the most pan­dem­ic-proof industries.
And the need for advanced IT and pro­gram­ming skills is expect­ed to grow as much as 90% through 2030. At this crit­i­cal time, those in tech­nol­o­gy roles or look­ing to start careers in tech­nol­o­gy can set them­selves up for long-term suc­cess by cul­ti­vat­ing their pro­fes­sion­al networks.

Accord­ing to a Job­vite sur­vey, 78% of recruiters find their best qual­i­ty can­di­dates through refer­rals. After refer­rals, social and pro­fes­sion­al net­works are where recruiters look next for the right peo­ple. With that in mind, Katie Dunn, Momentum’s Direc­tor of Career Devel­op­ment, encour­ages cre­at­ing a job search strat­e­gy that is 90% net­work­ing and only 10% apply­ing to jobs. Katie shares that can­di­dates who apply blind­ly online have about a 3% chance of being called for an inter­view where­as 80 – 90% of jobs are won through networking.

To pre­pare for what’s next, lever­age your per­son­al con­nec­tions. If you’re in tech, Har­vard Busi­ness Review rec­om­mends main­tain­ing your net­work with action­able steps: lever­age all of your com­mu­ni­ca­tion tools to nur­ture rela­tion­ships, get strate­gic with how you use social media, and pri­or­i­tize grow­ing your net­work. If you’re look­ing to start a tech­nol­o­gy career, the right code schools help by teach­ing soft­ware devel­op­ment skills and con­nect­ing stu­dents with exten­sive net­works for career opportunities.

"80 to 90% of jobs are won through networking."

Three Ways to Main­tain Your Pro­fes­sion­al Network

1. Focus on peo­ple, not job appli­ca­tions.
Get to know what peo­ple in your net­work are excit­ed about in their orga­ni­za­tions, ask about the resources they are look­ing for, and cel­e­brate their updates on LinkedIn and sim­i­lar channels.

2. For every job appli­ca­tion you sub­mit, look for 3 peo­ple at that com­pa­ny on LinkedIn to con­nect to and reach out to ask for a 15-minute con­ver­sa­tion.
Most job seek­ers won’t take this extra step and it can real­ly dif­fer­en­ti­ate you. In this con­ver­sa­tion, you are look­ing for infor­ma­tion about the com­pa­ny, the role, and poten­tial­ly a refer­ral for the job. 

3. Know how to rep­re­sent your skills in a real­ly con­cise way.
Have a 1‑liner that cap­tures who you are and the val­ue you can bring to a com­pa­ny. This is your ele­va­tor pitch. You have to be real­ly clear about what you have to offer.
Momentum build successful technology careers
At Momen­tum, from the first day of class to grad­u­a­tion day and beyond, we are focused on con­nect­ing our stu­dents to our com­mu­ni­ty. We fos­ter net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties with hir­ing part­ners and grad­u­ates to help start tech­nol­o­gy careers for our stu­dents. Momen­tum grad­u­ate Jeanette O’Brien says, My pro­fes­sion­al net­work grew and grew and is still grow­ing even now. It’s been great to be part of a com­mu­ni­ty that is open arms. Momen­tum inten­tion­al­ly built this com­mu­ni­ty for its stu­dents so that they could grow. Once the pro­gram ends, stu­dents still have this net­work of peo­ple they can fall back on.”

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