Everything you need to know about landing a job in tech

According to a LinkedIn report about the top 15 emerging jobs in 2020, technology roles dominated, including AI specialist, cyber security specialist and site reliability engineer. Image: The Heather & Doug Records

We asked some of Australia and New Zealand’s biggest tech employers for their inside tips on how to land a job.

Google

This global tech giant hardly needs an introduction, and with more than 100,000 employees (called Googlers) around the world including in Australia and NZ, it’d be an awesome place to launch any tech career.

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Tips from Jackson Godley, Talent & Outreach Programs Specialist:

  • Keep it simple – focus on results and impact.
  • Focus on what sets you apart – we’re looking for people who are excited to continuously get out of their comfort zone, to ask big questions and tackle new challenges.
  • Show us what you are curious about?
  • Practice and prepare – we look for general cognitive ability, or how you think; your leadership skills; and role-related knowledge.
  • Be Googley – this is what we call culture fit. It’s not about fitting into a certain mould, but rather having a healthy dose of intellectual humility, conscientiousness and comfort with ambiguity.

Canva

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Founded in Sydney in 2012, Canva is an Aussie tech startup success story and employs more than 900 people. Canva is a graphic design platform that allows users to create professional-quality visual content.

Tips from Scott Crowe, Lead Recruiter:

  • Programmed your own game? Into 3D printing? Share relevant hobbies in your resume to give the recruiter a look into your passion for tech.
  • Soft skills are just as important as technical skills. Use your extracurriculars to help set you apart.
  • Get your foot through the door by broadening your network. Join meetup.com events and affiliated groups.

Atlassian

Aussie-founded multinational software company Atlassian builds platforms and tools for other businesses, including companies like Spotify, NASA and Visa. Atlassian employs more than 3000 people across the globe.

Tips from Kenny Lipscomb, Talent Acquisition Content Strategist:

  • When drafting a resume and applying, mirror the company’s language and voice when speaking to your own experiences, projects, or accomplishments. This highlights you understand contemporary vernacular and can adapt to new situations when necessary.
  • Create templates or guidelines for reaching out and responding to recruiters and hiring managers. Creating prefab messages for phone calls, introductions and interviews or follow-ups can save time.
  • Interview the interviewer! Use both your resume and interview to answer the company’s questions but also address what’s important to you. An interview is a two-way street, consider it a space to ask about the roles’ daily cadence, partnering teams and on-going challenges. It shows you’re thinking about more than just what’s in front of you

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Australia’s biggest bank applies cutting-edge technology across areas such as online banking platforms and cyber security – which means employing a lot of people with tech skills.

Tips from Sharat Bhatia, Talent Acquisition Partner (Cyber Security):

  • Don’t be afraid to mention other interests outside of work (eg. sports, cooking, photography) as these can be a reflection of your creativity and teamwork.
  • Consider writing blog posts on security/technology; you can add these to your resume as it helps to demonstrate your passion and interest in the space.
  • During the interview, if you don’t know the answer to a question, be honest and let the interviewer know. Instead show you are a problem-solver and how you would go about finding the right answer.
  • We love hearing from people who aren’t afraid to speak up and challenge the status quo. Many of our best ideas come from people with fresh perspectives, so bring yours!

This article originally appears in Careers with STEM: Tech 2020.

Gemma Chilton

Author: Gemma Chilton

Gemma has a degree in journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney and spent a semester studying environmental journalism in Denmark. She has been writing about science and engineering for over a decade.

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