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Launching Your Tech Career: Expert Advice for College Grads Stepping into the Tech Industry

September 20, 2023
ASK Consulting

Congratulations on completing your college degree! This is a huge milestone and we’re so proud of you! As you embark on your journey towards a career in technology, the field can be overwhelming, but fear not, as we have compiled some tips to help you kickstart your career. We asked our top-performing tech recruiters to list their advice for new grads and we think this compilation is the smartest way to get started.

  1. Build a strong network
  2. Networking is crucial in any industry, but especially in the technology industry. Attend networking events, industry conferences, and meetups, both online and offline. This is a great way to make connections, learn about industry trends, and gain knowledge from professionals who have been in the field for some time. Joining tech communities on LinkedIn can also be a valuable source of information and support. It’s also the easiest way for contacts to see your resume.
  3. Gain relevant experience
  4. Participate in internships, co-ops, or volunteer work to gain practical experience in the technology industry. This will make you a more attractive candidate to employers and help you develop essential skills.
  5. Stay up to date with industry trends
  6. The technology industry moves quickly, and it's important to stay current with the latest trends and advancements. Subscribe to industry newsletters and blogs, attend conferences, and participate in online forums.
  7. Develop technical skills
  8. Take courses or certifications in relevant programming languages, software development tools, and other technical skills. Employers are looking for candidates who can hit the ground running and contribute immediately.
  9. Build a personal brand
  10. Develop a personal website to showcase your skills and experience. Share your thoughts and insights on industry trends on social media and engage with others. Post TikToks and Instagram reels to get more exposure and build a following.
  11. Seek mentorship
  12. Find a mentor who can offer guidance and advice as you navigate your career in the technology industry. Look for someone who has experience in your desired field or role. This can be awkward but all you’ll need to do is send a few messages on LinkedIn. Many business professionals are eager to help the next generation of leaders.
  13. Be open to opportunities
  14. Be open to exploring different roles and industries within the technology field. There are many different paths to a successful career in technology, so don't limit yourself to one particular role or company. Keep an open mind and be willing to take risks.

​When it comes to job searching, be patient and persistent. The tech industry is highly competitive, and finding the right job can take time. Don't give up and keep applying to positions that align with your interests and skills. It's also essential to research the companies you are applying to, to make sure they align with your values and interests.

Partner with a recruiting firm

Starting a career in technology can be daunting, but with these tips, you will be on the right track. Keep in mind that building a successful career takes time, effort, and patience. Remember to stay up-to-date with industry trends, network, and build your personal brand. And, of course, consider working with a recruiting firm like ASK Consulting to help you navigate the job search process. They can help you identify job opportunities, tailor your resume and cover letter, and provide valuable insights into the industry. Working with a recruiting firm can help simplify the job search process and give you access to exclusive job opportunities. Visit their job board to learn more about the roles they fill. Best of luck in your future endeavors!

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