Want to break into tech, but you THINK you don’t have relevant experience or the education?
Just so happens, I thought the same, but my twin E Monique Thomas placed me in my first tech position on a help desk. Ahhh the art of knowing the right people!
If you don’t have that advantage, read on to find out what you need to do to break into INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY without years of education.
1. NETWORK - if you don’t have a #linkedinprofile then you’re missing out. If you aren’t utilizing Facebook groups, #blacktechtwitter and signing up for local conferences then you’re going to have a hard time convincing any employer to bring you in as is!
The trick to LinkedIn: make connections with recruiters and hiring managers as opposed to folks you know personally UNLESS THEY’RE CONNECTED!
2. LEVERAGE STAFFING AGENCIES - many IT positions come through staffing agencies and you’ll be more than likely to be placed on that assignment IF YOUR RESUME SUPPORTS the duties and requirements listed. Never use the same resume for every position. (Book a Resume Review on my website and thank me later)
3. CERTIFICATIONS - quicker than college and easier to obtain than a degree! Don’t underestimate Coursera, Udemy, Google and other cert programs. The best thing about it: you can do all these from home! At your own pace in some programs. If you take 6 months to cert stack, you’ll be ready for employment in many open IT requisitions.
The following certs make a huge difference:
A+ - you can work on any tier 1 help desk
Scrummaster - helps to facilitate scrum to the larger team by ensuring the scrum framework is followed
AWS - Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world's most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform
UX/UI - Websites, apps, and software everywhere design and research
Salesforce - Admin or BA - CRM businesses keep customer contact details up to date, track every customer interaction, and manage customer accounts
GSEC (GIAC Security Essentials Certification) - Cybersecurity
ServiceNow - cloud-based workflow automation platform
4. START UP COMPANIES - they are always looking for great talent to start with them! Websites likes AngelList can help you connect with a start up tech company like TechStars
5. INTERNSHIPS AND APPRENTICESHIP - this will fulfill the networking and who you know aspect of any job search
6. Old fashioned college degree. Not my biggest recommendation
What is the take away from this?
Get out there and do something, do something (Dollar Bill Voice, Player’s Club)
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