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9 Top Tips for Landing Your Dream Role in Tech/STEM

The STEM sector (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is booming!

Tech is an extremely progressive space right now – for both career opportunities and your working environment. There’s never been a better time to join the industry, with it growing six times faster than any other.

We’ve pulled together our top tips to boost your chances of landing that dream tech role.

Highlight or develop your transferable skills

Your ‘soft’ skills enable you to take your knowledge or experiences and apply them to various working environments.

Careers in the STEM sector can be found in almost every industry, so have a think about the skills you possess and the skills you’re keen to develop.

Examples of transferable skills include:

  • Adaptability
  • Analytical thinking
  • Decision-making
  • Detail-oriented
  • Empathy
  • Interpersonal ability

Don’t forget to add them to your CV!

Build your technical skillset

There is ample opportunity to learn new topics and skills in STEM. Try an online course, check out Codecademy or Udemy. Employers tend to be impressed with candidates who think outside the box to push their own learning.

Top tech skills in demand include:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Business analysis
  • Cloud computing
  • Coding and programming
  • Cyber security
  • Data management (data science, data visualisation)
  • Machine learning
  • Project management
  • Technical support
  • UX/UI design

Learn roles and titles

STEM is a broad industry, and there are many avenues you can take. From Information Security Analysts or Web Developers to Marketing Technologists, there are three main categories within tech; research them and consider which route feels best suited for you.

  • Engineering – anything from designing to bug-fixing to coding to developing.
  • Analysing – reviewing facts and data to find ways to make improvements
  • Marketing – content management, SEO, technical writing, design

Top tip: search for opportunities based on the role instead of job title, as you could be closing yourself off to a range of avenues.

Read, read, read

Utilise the information that is available to you online. Blogs, job descriptions, required skills – reading is a great shortcut to learning what is needed for various roles and how you should be prepared.

Get in the habit of reading articles relevant to your interests. The more you pick up in your spare time, the easier it will be to put your skills to use once the right opportunity presents itself.

Start networking

Knowledge is power. Find, connect with, and talk to as many people as possible in the tech industry, online and offline. Read their stories, find out how they got into their specific sectors. Connect with industry leaders on LinkedIn and engage with what they’re sharing.

You never know where your next opportunity might pop up.

Put yourself in spaces where you can find and use the help that others can offer. Consider internships, volunteering opportunities and mentorship programs.

See everything as an opportunity

There are endless ways to search for and apply for jobs. Find your favourite websites, send them your CV, connect with hiring managers and specialist recruiters, chase the next opportunity, don’t wait for it to land in your lap.

Optimise your CV

List your transferable skills. Showcase the new skills you’ve taken the time to learn and develop. Shine a light on your best self. It’s best practice to have one page to showcase your education and experience. Tailor your CV to each opportunity. Market yourself!

Consider a side project

Starting up your own side project is a brilliant way to measure your growth. For example, you could build a website, blog, or a mobile app, aimed at something you’re passionate about. Participating in Kaggle competitions is also an excellent option for coders to hone their skills and showcase proactivity and problem-solving abilities.

It’s a sure way to build new skills and automatically showcases your strengths during an interview.

Stay positive

Regardless of your profession, experience, age, or circumstances, there are doors waiting to be opened. Failure is not the opposite of success; it’s a part of success.

When facing rejection, we have two options: give up from the devastation or keep trying and move past it. It’s crucial to keep trying.

Be sure to stay positive in the competitive market, it’s growing, and there is room for you.

Apply!

Don’t wait until everything is perfect before you start applying for that dream role. Go for it and learn along the way.

At Identify Solutions, we are recruitment specialists operating within the Digital, Marketing, and Technology sectors. Get in touch to find out how we can support your job hunt.

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