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The Non-Techie
Guide to Getting a
Job in Tech
Andrea Zoellner
Content Creator
@andreazoellner
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
Job Hunting
The Non-Techie Guide to Getting a Job in Tech | @andreazoellner
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
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.
The Non-Techie Guide to Getting a Job in Tech | @andreazoellner
SOFT SKILLS
HARD
SKILLS
EXPERIENCE
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.
Marketing Yourself
The Non-Techie Guide to Getting a Job in Tech | @andreazoellner
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.
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.
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.
@andreazoellner
andrea.zoellner@siteground.com

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The Non-Techie's Guide to Getting a Job in Tech

  • 1. The Non-Techie Guide to Getting a Job in Tech Andrea Zoellner Content Creator @andreazoellner
  • 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. Job Hunting The Non-Techie Guide to Getting a Job in Tech | @andreazoellner
  • 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. 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. The Non-Techie Guide to Getting a Job in Tech | @andreazoellner SOFT SKILLS HARD SKILLS EXPERIENCE
  • 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. Marketing Yourself The Non-Techie Guide to Getting a Job in Tech | @andreazoellner
  • 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. 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. 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.