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Believe it or not, you don't have to know how to code to get a job in tech. There are plenty of roles for people with a diverse set of skills and you never know what seemingly irrelevant experience can bring value to your team. In this talk, I'll share some examples of non-technical positions, how to find them, and how to pitch yourself for the job. I'll give practical tips on how to capitalize on your unique skill set and build a personal brand hiring managers will notice.

Believe it or not, you don't have to know how to code to get a job in tech. There are plenty of roles for people with a diverse set of skills and you never know what seemingly irrelevant experience can bring value to your team. In this talk, I'll share some examples of non-technical positions, how to find them, and how to pitch yourself for the job. I'll give practical tips on how to capitalize on your unique skill set and build a personal brand hiring managers will notice.

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  1. 1. The Non-Techie Guide to Getting a Job in Tech Andrea Zoellner Content Creator @andreazoellner
  2. 2. The Non-Techie Guide to Getting a Job in Tech | @andreazoellner My Journey • Journalism • Non-Profit Communications • Corporate Communications • …. a bunch of stuff • Software Marketing
  3. 3. Job Hunting The Non-Techie Guide to Getting a Job in Tech | @andreazoellner
  4. 4. Job Positions The Non-Techie Guide to Getting a Job in Tech | @andreazoellner GATEWAY JOBS • Customer Support • Design • Quality Assurance BUSINESS JOBS • Marketing • Sales • Project Management • Business Intelligence • Business Development CORPORATE JOBS • Accounting • HR • Project Management • Legal OR…BECOME A: Consultant, Freelancer, or Entrepreneur
  5. 5. Job Descriptions The Non-Techie Guide to Getting a Job in Tech | @andreazoellner Keep in mind: Job descriptions usually suck… • Recruiters have to understand what their clients need. • Employers don’t always know what the ideal candidate looks like. • Startups need one person to do a million things. • Jobs are affected by trends.
  6. 6. The Non-Techie Guide to Getting a Job in Tech | @andreazoellner SOFT SKILLS HARD SKILLS EXPERIENCE
  7. 7. The Non-Techie Guide to Getting a Job in Tech | @andreazoellner SOFT SKILLS HARD SKILLS •Soft skills are harder to teach, therefore more valuable as a long- term talent investment. •Diverse skills help round out tech teams. •Different perspectives keep tech teams sharp. •Non-tech team members can help product teams succeed.
  8. 8. Marketing Yourself The Non-Techie Guide to Getting a Job in Tech | @andreazoellner
  9. 9. The Non-Techie Guide to Getting a Job in Tech | @andreazoellner Make Your Intentions Known Spread the word about your interests, your dream job, or even something that might help you unblock a career path. Walk the Walk Go to tech events, volunteer in tech spaces, and take classes.
  10. 10. The Non-Techie Guide to Getting a Job in Tech | @andreazoellner Talk the Talk Don’t wait for permission to comment on the tech industry. Start a blog, build a portfolio, and get active online. You don’t have to have a job in tech to do build cool things. Anything you create on your own can be used to show employers your skills.
  11. 11. The Non-Techie Guide to Getting a Job in Tech | @andreazoellner Don’t Lose Sight of What You Want Not all jobs will be right for you. Titles are BS. Don’t get pushed around.
  12. 12. @andreazoellner andrea.zoellner@siteground.com

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