A guide to find your dream job and how to land it with help from experts in the industry. Checklist in every chapter.
CAREER COACHING HANDBOOK | From chapter 1
This might be difficult, as you might not even know which companies you want to work for – after all, there are so many! If you’re brand new to the tech industry, you might only have minimal knowledge of which companies are out there, let alone which companies are accepting hires. But don’t worry – start by thinking about your interests. It’s always fun to work at a company if you’re passionate about the product!
When you’ve whittled down your interests, think about which job titles you might aim for. Ask around. Where do the people around you work, what do they do, and do they like their workplace?
On LinkedIn, you can search for any job title, and it’ll bring up a list of people who have that job title. For example, if you search ‘Frontend Developer’, you’ll find hundreds of Frontend Developers working at different companies. Click through to discover the companies and do a little bit of research so you can see which ones you think would be a good fit for you.
Google is your best friend, too. Have a look at local tech companies and check out their career sites to get an insight into what it’s like to work for them and how they work. Every company is different!
"Don’t let the process of searching for and applying for jobs swamp you."
If you see a position you think would be a good fit or find a company you’d like to work with, reach out! Don’t be frightened – what’s the worst thing that could happen? Let your curiosity guide you.
On LinkedIn, take a look at the companies on your list. You could even send a quick message to those who work in the company in similar or matching roles to find out first-hand what it’s like to work there. If they’re local, why not ask them to join you for a coffee? The inside information they can give you will be super valuable, and building new relationships like this can potentially help you get a foot in the door with the company.
Speaking with someone new is also an excellent opportunity to practice your communication skills – though it’s not an interview, you’ll be having a conversation on a professional level with a stranger, which will help you prepare for future interviews. Get outside of your comfort zone!
As a developer, it’s so important to stay up to date with the fast-evolving tech scene. There are plenty of networks and communities on social media you can join to connect with others in the industry. Don’t be scared to connect with new people, as they might be your way into securing a new job, either now or in the future. Get involved with meet-ups and conferences, and make sure you attend any talks hosted by industry leaders and professionals. It’s a great way to get to know people and find out about different companies’ offices and cultures. They’re usually free of charge, so you’ve got nothing to lose (but a lot to gain!).
Don’t be shy when it comes to sending applications. Submit yours to every company on your list – if they have an ad that fits your profile, that’s great! Submit your application as usual. If they don’t have any active adverts that suit you, apply anyway!
Most companies will have a career site, where you’ll be able to see their list of requirements for various roles. Think of this as a wish list – send your application, even if you don’t meet all of the criteria. If you’re genuinely interested in the role, it’ll show, and chances are the company will be as interested in speaking with you as you are with them!
If you can’t find any open ads on the company’s career site, search on LinkedIn to see if you can find their HR department (for bigger companies) or CEO (for smaller companies). Try to find an email address and send across a short pitch, adding links to your LinkedIn profile, portfolio or CV. If you really want to stand out, why not send through a video presentation? The key here is to start a conversation – let them know the most important and interesting things about you, but make sure you leave them wanting to learn more!
Don’t let the process of searching for and applying for jobs swamp you. We know it can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Break it down into smaller, manageable steps – as you work your way through the process, you’ll build the confidence you need to ace your interview!
Career Coach at Technigo
🖍 Main writer of the Career Coaching Handbook
Petra has worked with HR, recruitment, and as an IT Consulting Manager at companies such as Mojang and Recommended By. For the past years, she has been active in the tech industry with a focus on supporting junior developers and building their profiles. At Technigo she's helping boot camp students to land their first job in tech with the Career Coaching Program.