10 Proven Strategies to Land High-Paying Tech Jobs with Little or No Experience.

Iniobong Udoh

2 months ago

LAND A JOB WITH LITTLE EXPERIENCE

I know you think landing a tech job with little or no experience might seem impossible, but it is more achievable than you might think.

According to a recent survey by the job search platform Indeed, about 30% of tech professionals reported securing their first tech job with minimal experience. This survey highlights the saga where job seekers face the paradox of needing experience to gain experience. Despite this “entry level” challenge, many people have successfully broken into the tech industry through strategic approaches.

Here are 10 practical and proven ways to land tech jobs with little or no experience. We have also provided actionable tips that can help you navigate the job market and make yourself an attractive candidate to potential employers.

1. Leverage Online Courses and Certifications

Online courses and certifications demonstrate your commitment to learning and mastering new skills. Platforms like Teck Skills Hack, Coursera, Udemy, and edX offer comprehensive courses in various tech fields, from coding to cybersecurity etc. There are a lot of free courses you can start with.

Action Steps:

  • Enroll in courses relevant to the tech job that you are targeting. Visit https://techskillshack.com/ to get started.
  • Complete certifications that are recognized in the industry.
  • Display these certifications on your resume and LinkedIn profile.

2. Gain Practical Experience through Internships or Volunteer Work

I know you want to get a job without any experience, but you sure need to create some experiences. Here is why it works: Internships and volunteer positions provide hands-on experience and can often lead to full-time roles. But make sure the roles you are taking on are relevant to your desired job.

Action Steps:

  • Apply for internships, even unpaid ones, to gain relevant experience. There are a lot of brands seeing interns and volunteers, watch this video to see how to apply for volunteer roles (FB video link)
  • Volunteer for non-profits or local businesses and startups needing tech assistance, most of these businesses might not .
  • Use platforms like Internshala or LinkedIn to find internship opportunities.

3. Build a Portfolio of Projects

Once you’ve gotten a volunteer or intern role, it is time to build a portfolio of life projects. A portfolio showcases your skills in a practical  context. Employers are more likely to be impressed by real projects you’ve completed than by a list of courses you’ve taken or a list of dummy projects.

Action Steps:

  • Start small by contributing to open-source projects.
  • Document your projects, explaining your role, the technologies used, and the outcomes or results .

Here is an article on how to build the right portfolio: https://techskillshack.com/11-tips-to-build-the-right-portfolio/

4. Networking

Networking can significantly expand your access to job opportunities. According to a survey by LinkedIn, 85% of jobs are filled through networking, highlighting the importance of personal connections over traditional job applications. Meeting people in your industry can lead to learning about job openings that aren’t advertised publicly.

Many jobs are filled through referrals and networking. Building connections can help you learn about opportunities that aren’t advertised publicly.

Action Steps:

  • Attend industry meetups, tech conferences, and online webinars.
  • Join professional groups on LinkedIn and participate in discussions.
  • Reach out to professionals in your desired field for informational interviews or mentorship.

5. Tailor Your Resume and Cover Letter

A well-crafted resume and cover letter can make you stand out. Customizing your resume and cover letter ensures that your qualifications are directly aligned with the job description. This relevance shows employers that you are a perfect fit for their specific needs. Also, many companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to screen resumes, tailor-made resumes with keywords from the job description are more likely to pass through these systems and reach human recruiters.

Action Steps:

  • Highlight relevant skills and experiences that align with the job description.
  • Use keywords from the job posting to pass through Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).
  • Include a cover letter that explains your passion for the role and how your skills make you a good fit.

6. Learn In-Demand Skills

Certain tech skills are in high demand, and learning them can make you more attractive to employers. Skills like programming languages (Python, JavaScript), data analysis, cybersecurity, project management and cloud computing are particularly valuable.

Action Steps:

  • Research which skills are most in-demand in your target industry.
  • Use resources like LinkedIn Learning or Pluralsight to develop these skills. Tech Skills Hack has a list of courses to help you build on any skill of your choice.
  • Practice regularly to build proficiency and confidence.

7. Participate in Tech Competitions

Tech competitions provide a platform to showcase your skills, work on real-world problems, and network with industry professionals.

Action Steps:

  • Join online tech platforms to find upcoming competitions.
  • Form or join a team to collaborate on projects during these events.
  • Highlight your participation and any awards or recognition on your resume.

8. Get Involved in the Tech Community

Being active in the tech community can help you stay updated on industry trends and connect with potential employers.

Action Steps:

  • Join specialized tech communities.
  • Contribute by answering questions, writing blog posts, or sharing insights but be careful while doing this.
  • Follow industry leaders and companies on social media to stay informed.

9. Use Job Search Platforms Effectively

Job search platforms can help you find entry-level positions and internships tailored to your skills and experience level.

Action Steps:

  • Create profiles on job search sites like Indeed and LinkedIn.
  • Set up job alerts for entry-level positions in your desired field.
  • Apply regularly and follow up on your applications.

10. Prepare for Interviews Thoroughly

It is one thing to apply for a job and another to land the job. Prepare thouroughly for every interview. Confidence and preparation can significantly boost your chances in an interview. Practice common technical and behavioral questions to improve your performance.

Action Steps:

  • Research about the company and be equipped with relevant information.
  • Review typical interview questions for the tech role you’re applying for.
  • Conduct mock interviews with friends.
  • Be ready to discuss your projects, skills, and how you overcame challenges.

Conclusion

Breaking into the tech industry with little or no experience is challenging but entirely possible with the right approach. Leveraging online resources, building a solid portfolio, networking, gaining practical experience, and continuously learning can position yourself as a strong candidate for tech jobs. Start implementing these strategies today, and you’ll be on your way to landing a tech job, just start.

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Written By:

Iniobong Udoh

Founder, Tech Skills Hack, Google certified Android developer, Tech Clarity Coach, Technical Writer and a seeker of undiluted knowledge.
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