Job Hunting Basics in the Technology Sector

Looking for a new job is a stressful prospect. Here’s some straightforward advice for finding that next great gig:

Should You Jump to a New Technology Job This Year?
New year, new you. Actually, no matter what time of year it is, you should always have your next big opportunity in mind.

Tips for Surviving Your First Year in Tech
The tech industry is often ridiculously fast-paced, with a lot of issues to consider. If you’re new to tech, here’s how to survive.

Fastest-Growing Tech Occupations Include Data Scientists, Engineers
What are some of the fastest-growing jobs in tech? Fortunately, employers need technologists for pretty much every function, from data wrangling to ensuring that tech infrastructure keeps operating.

5 Job Hunting Tips for Computer Science Grads
So you just graduated with a fancy CS degree. Congrats! Now it’s time to put that degree to good use in your job hunt.

Creativity is Key When Technologists Consider New Jobs
As you might expect, technical skills are invaluable when it comes to technology jobs. But creativity (along with other “soft skills”) is a huge and often-overlooked factor.

Top States for Technology Salaries, Growth
More and more states have robust tech industries. Here are some of the fastest-growing. Remember, tech opportunities aren’t limited to Silicon Valley and New York City anymore!

5 Behaviors That Will Murder Your Job Hunt
Beware of these things when engaging in your next big hunt for a great job.

Job Search Tips for Baby Boomers in Tech
The tech industry welcomes technologists from every walk of life. Here’s how Baby Boomers can continue their illustrious careers.


Accelerate your job search by understanding what jobs hiring are looking for in candidates. Find a job by becoming a master of your craft through trainings and certifications. Here’s some of Dice’s best resources to help:

Certifications

Cybersecurity Certifications: 5 Big Questions You Want Answered

Microsoft Azure Certifications: 6 Big Things You Need to Know

Agile Certifications: Worth Pursuing for Your Tech Career?

Training

Cybersecurity Training: 4 Ways Technologists Can Move Ahead

24 Responses to “Job Hunting Basics in the Technology Sector”

    • Wilma Jackson

      I am over 60, but still look good & in good shape. I use to work at IRS in the office typing and talking to taxpayers on the phone. I’m on time and I be there every day to report to work. I would like to work another 15 years before I stop working. What advice do you have for me? I am also a very good sales person.

    • On 2 of my last 3 software projects I was brought in to replace much younger developers who were technically very good but had personality and team dynamics issues. Both had been escorted off the employer’s property, after the 1st one left they locked to doors and were prepared for blowback. I was a young mustang once, so I remember thinking that I was hot stuff too, and I got thrown out a few times myself, so let he who has never sinned cast the first stone. There are a lot of very fine young people out there who are great programmers and very nice people and a joy to work with, unfortunately there are a fair number whose interpersonal social dynamics are sorely underdeveloped (video games, cell phones, absentee motherhood, etc. have taken their toll).

  1. Debra Kahler

    over 40+ yrs in the hair industry during that time I took classes at Data Tech for A+ and networking although i didnt get my certificate I am teachable and took classes in Adobe web development, Flash, Photoshop, internet social media. Iknow I needmore traing. As I continued to work as a hair stylist and the skills I learned by taking adobe classes helped me achieve a great clientele. Then had neck surgery ACDF (anterior cervicle disc fusion and couln’t continue working full time, my business asa Booth Renter in a PaulMitchellFocus Salon where i was afforded on going training and certificates. SoI know how to run a business doing all the ordering ,managing cash andbanking doing my own taxes, balancing all bank accounts,
    and creating a satisfying clientelethat I tought how to keep their hair healthy and how to recreate their style at home. I can teach, coach others, and brainstorm with others if needed. Im not a person that assumes I “Know It All” because there somuch more to learn as I transistion to a new career. So any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Thank you
    Debra Kahler

    • You never want to look like a wannabe! You are DOING IT and ‘I CAN DO IT FOR YOU. WHEN DO WE START?’. Your first foot forward is always, “I am here to solve your problems.” ALWAYS put yourself in their shoes. If you meet their needs, then they will meet yours, so don’t be talking about what you need in the early stages of the process. Think about when you want to get your car fixed, do you want a mechanic to say, “I’d like to learn about that kind of car” ? Do you want to hear him/her discuss their health care or retirement needs with you? I don’t think so, YOU JUST WANT YOUR CAR FIXED. And age-wise, does it hurt doctors or car mechanics to have some gray hair? Nope. It’s about being on the ball mentally and yes technically.

  2. I’ve been programming for 7 years and studied machine learning (PyTorch, Keras, Tensorflow) the last 3 years, working an unsuccessful self-owned business. Started looking for a job, sent out hundreds of applications… and 2 months later all I got is crickets. How are 129 million people employed? Is it even *possible* to get a job?

    Does anyone want to use me as a case study of the least successful job searcher ever?

    • If your a boomer then read item 3 above. AI-cancels your resume as soon as you send it in. Proven on indeed, monster, etc. Companies don’t want you if your over 40 cos your long in the tooth.

      • I got my latest job as a software developer when I was 63, working for a NASA contractor doing IOT development (which I had zero ‘experience’ in). I don;t want to say that age is not an issue, because it is, but there are advantages to age as well… ask yourself, does age hurt doctors or lawyers? I address two issues directly: 1) cost. I work hard not to price myself out of the market. I wrote my first BASIC program in 1981 and full-time coding since ’86, but I have only been writing REACT code for 2 years, so there are 20-somethings who have more experience than I in that toolset: how do I expect to pull in top dollar under those conditions??? 2) technical skills up-to-date. The doctor metaphor is a good one, as the body of knowledge continues to grow, and they need to keep learning new stuff. I work hard on the new stuff.

  3. Reginald L Dupre

    Would be nice land a IT job in Hartford, CT area at an entry level In Help Desk or Desktop support job with no experience or college education or certifications.

  4. Bradley T Jones

    I am 47 yrs old. A W2/ 1099 independent Project manager/ Facility Director in Denver, Co. I made the decision last year to hang up my contractor hat and go back to corporate management. If your business is in the Denver area and looking for a hardworking, punctual employee that defines honor, integrity, and loyalty as core values please reply. All I require is a career path to middle manage and a liveable wage for the Denver market. Thank you for your time and consideration .

  5. Zafar Hussain

    An experienced professional with 4 years of auditing experience in multi-sector client portfolio. Skilled in audit planning, assessing risk, reviewing data, analytical reasoning, preparing detailed reports on audit findings and performing follow-up audits.
    Actively seeking a challenging and demanding role in a dynamic professional environment where I can apply my knowledge and skills acquired through experience, thereby imparting valuable contribution towards the organization.

  6. I was informed to be assigned and relocate in one of our projects in Asia, but I still prefer to stay and work here in Dubai . I have been sending my CV’s online, yet I did not get any reply.
    Professional Summary:
    Experienced Senior Architectural Coordinator and Senior CADD with over 25 years of experienced in Architectural, Interior, Engineering and Construction Industry. Hands on experienced in coordinating construction teams, creating Interior and Design Concepts and producing drawings for Schematic and Detailed Design for a large scale projects. Involvement in Commercial, Residential, Hotels, Mixed-Use Development, Community Facilities and Doka-System Formworks Design.

  7. Del Inquent

    One thing that you have to have always in mind is that all resides on getting the OPPORTUNITY.
    You may have a truck loaded with certifications but all of that is useless if you don’t get the opportunity.

  8. Aravapalli Vanaja

    I am a Doctorate in Physics , but not with satisfied job and salary. I have debits that I should take the responsibility to clear which was made by my husband and other members. I am at present working as an Assistant Professor in Physics in Engineering college. I would like to work in software for few years to clear debits. Working in software is one of my aims. As I am interested in Computers. For few months I have started learning Python. I am 30 now. Can I make goal and clear debits.

  9. MIKE SHERIDAN

    I have been looking for a better opportunity since last year. I am way under – employed right now and under paid. I have over 20 years of customer service and BA in business. Can anyone help me out with some recruiter contacts. I am willing to relocate for the right opportunity. Thanks in advance for any help that you may be able to give.