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Blog May 28, 2015

FOR GRADS: 6 TIPS FOR SUCCEEDING IN THE TECH INDUSTRY

It’s graduation season and many college graduates are looking for work in a challenging tech job market. This industry can be especially competitive, so we sat down with some of our experts to ask what advice they would give to recent and upcoming college graduates. Let’s take a look at a list of the top pieces of advice for transitioning to and succeeding out “in the world.”

Tip #1: In general, and especially in the ever-changing technology industry, remaining flexible, agile and adaptable can be central to success:

“This industry is constantly moving and very dynamic, so you need to be agile and adaptable because anything can change in a moment’s notice.” – John K.

“Always try to expand your knowledge base and learn new technologies because you can easily fall behind in this industry.” – Laura W.

“Get your certifications right away and stay up-to-date with tech news.” – Joe M.

Tip #2: Take advantage of internships and job shadow programs to build your network and discover more opportunities:

“Getting an internship allows you to get an idea of what you’re getting into before you commit. It also introduces you to more job opportunities.” – Steven H.

Tip #3: Understanding your strengths can be vital for setting yourself apart from the competition in an industry where talent is abundant:

“Knowing your strengths is key to establishing and developing your career.” – Laura W.

“Emphasize your strengths in your cover letter and remember to never include anything in your resume that you don’t know how to do.” – Ryan M.

“Don’t settle for a job based on convenience. Be confident in your knowledge and follow your dreams.” – Christine P.

Tip #4: Broaden your skill set by leveraging the strengths of your team members:

“You don’t always have to be the expert. That’s why we work in teams. If you don’t know it, someone else will.” – Laura W.

Tip #5: Although the job search may be difficult, remain positive and consider all opportunities:

“Don’t get frustrated or discouraged if you’re unable to work for your dream company right away. Keep your head up! There are a lot of jobs in this industry, and you’ll find one that fits you.” – John G.

Tip #6: Above all else, don’t be a jerk:

As the founders of the No Jerks Allowed® movement, we are all big advocates of treating everyone with kindness, integrity and respect.  We believe this philosophy helps us all to be successful not only at work, but also in our daily lives.

What are you learning as you transition from student life to the tech world? Share your best advice in the comments section below!

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