Over four years of helping more than 98% of our graduates launch careers in tech, Flatiron School has developed a keen understanding of what it takes to get hired in tech – both on our end and what our students are empowered to do on theirs.
While we’ve collected our job search wisdom and proven best practices in our new eBook, How to Be a No-Brainer Tech Hire, we took a deeper dive into a few specific points in a recent live session with Rebekah Rombom, Flatiron’s VP of Career Services. Below, you’ll find the top three questions from that event along with Rebekah’s tips.
Networking is both an art and a science – and it’s the most common thing we work on with students starting their job search. We have our go-to tactics, but you’ll also encounter tons of unique situations. There are two key points to keep in mind to build your tech network:
That’s a great question! Most Flatiron students are switching careers and most don’t have previous experience in software engineering. It’s up to a school and a student to partner to figure out how to make that transition.
If you’re considering a career switch or how to position yourself having only recently acquired technical skills, there’s one thing to keep in mind: employers value your past experience. You bring something unique and can be additive to their teams.
Applying to a music company? Maybe you used to be a musician and can bring that perspective. Applying to a dev shop and the engineering team is getting big? Maybe you used to be a project manager in your former career and have lots of experience communicating the right information and writing robust documentation – you can help with that even as you add value with your core function as an engineer.
We help students craft their narrative about their previous career and why that’s relevant to new career. Don’t hide your past experience if it isn’t technical. Find a way to work it in; spotlight why it’s valuable
It’s really important to track your progress in a job search. Keep tabs on everyone you’ve talked to, every conversation you’ve had, the date it happened, and the next steps. It’s important to know that as a job seeker, it’s always your responsibility to initiate the next step. The ball is never not in your court. If a company hasn’t gotten back to you, it’s your job to get back to them in a week. If you’re waiting on an offer and it hasn’t come in yet, it’s your job to check in and suggest a salary range.
At Flatiron School, we’ve built a job search tracker tool for our students. It’s essentially a light CRM – students put all the activities they do as job seekers and our tool tallies that against what we recommend they do each week. But really any spreadsheet will do as long as you have a way to understand exactly the conversations you have going on, what’s gone on in past conversations, and when it’s your responsibility to move the ball forward with those discussions.
Hungry to learn more?
Watch the full live session below and download the new eBook right here.