How To Find A Job In Tech Online: 7 Tips

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Finding a job in tech online can be challenging, since IT companies are constantly refining how they recruit and hire talent.

The global pandemic added another layer of stress and anxiety, since employers again shifted their recruitment and hiring practices.

So, how do you find a job in tech? What are the best places to find tech jobs online? And is it even possible to land a job in IT if you’re 40, 50, or older?

7 Tips To Find A Job In Tech Online

The following seven tips will help you find a job in tech or IT.

1. Look for openings on the company’s careers pages.

Meta Careers PageAmazon Jobs Page

Many open jobs in tech never make it onto popular job search engines like Monster, Glassdoor, and Indeed. Moreover, when roles do make it to these job search sites, the posting will often appear several days or weeks after the role was originally posted on the company’s careers page.

Consequently, you want to be proactive and try to find open roles directly on the company’s websites.

You may find it helpful to make a list of your target companies and bookmark their careers pages (examples: www.metacareers.com or www.amazon.jobs). Then, check each page frequently for new opportunities that align with your career interests. This ensures that your application will be received as soon as new jobs are listed.

2. Make use of LinkedIn and LinkedIn Jobs.

While you want to avoid most job search engines, as they are saturated with job seekers, you can make an exception for LinkedIn Jobs since the platform makes it incredibly easy to find out whether anyone in your network works at your target company.

LinkedIn Jobs Page Check For Connections

You can also use LinkedIn to see if anyone in your network is directly or indirectly connected to someone at your target organization. Further, LinkedIn enables you to easily see if any alumni are currently employed at the company.

Important: If you find an open role on LinkedIn, be sure to apply directly through the company’s website. This is critical, as the company’s website will not only be the most up-to-date but will also ensure your resume is added to the company’s applicant tracking system (ATS).

3. Tap into your alma mater’s career jobs database.

SFSU Handshake Alma Mater Career Jobs Database

Speaking of tapping into your alumni network, your alma mater likely has an online jobs database available exclusively to alumni.

My alma maters, San Francisco State University and the University of Washington, for instance, both have job boards available to alumni at no cost.

Furthermore, many universities offer niche job boards for alumni of each college within the university.

4. Harness the power of your network.

Your network — both professional and personal — is one of the most powerful tools in a modern-day job search.

Consider making a list of current and former colleagues, friends, and family who can support you. This task can often be made easier by looking through your LinkedIn connections, Facebook friends list, Instagram followers, and phone contacts to remind you of everyone you know.

Then, begin going through this list and letting people know you are looking for a new job. Importantly, not all the people in your network will know of immediate job openings, but you can never have enough friendly faces keeping their ears open and alerting you to open roles they see.

5. Give Blind a try.

Team Blind Website

Several years ago, a client informed me of Blind. This anonymous professional forum and community allows you to connect and network with millions of verified employees from both tech startups and giants.

Simply put, I have yet to find a more helpful resource for those looking for a job in the tech industry than Blind.

Moreover, Blind’s Who’s Hiring job board compiles listings from various tech and IT companies that are currently looking for talent. This job board allows you to quickly sort available opportunities using various parameters, including hiring company, location, job function, and date of job posting.

6. Leverage popular tech job boards.

AboveBoard Executive Job Board

While Blind is one of my top-recommended tech job search sites, there are several other job boards dedicated to the tech and IT industries. The following are a few of my favorites for finding jobs in tech.

  • AngelList (tech startup job board)
  • Built In (startup and tech job board)
  • Dice (tech job board)
  • Ladders (executive job board for $100K+ roles)
  • AboveBoard (executive job board for VP-level roles and above)

Again, if you find an open role you are interested in, remember to apply directly through the company’s website. You want to ensure that you are reviewing the most up-to-date job posting and that your resume is being submitted directly to the company’s ATS, rather than through a third-party search engine.

7. Connect with executive headhunters and recruiters.

Riviera Partners Executive Search Firm

Finally, an executive headhunter or recruiter can help you identify and submit your candidacy for unposted job opportunities. Below are several executive headhunters who serve the tech space.

  • Daversa Partners (executive search for growth-stage and venture companies)
  • True Search (executive search for investment firms, their portfolios, and public companies navigating major growth)
  • Tru Staffing Partners (executive search, staffing, and contract staffing firm specializing in data privacy, eDiscovery, and cybersecurity)
  • Smart Synergies (IT sourcing firm serving government and commercial customers)
  • Riviera Partners (executive search for engineering, product, and design roles)
  • Korn Ferry (executive search for C-level executives)

Based on how executive headhunters and recruiters make their money and get paid, please know that they will often focus exclusively on the executive-level and highly technical roles that are the most difficult to fill, so if you are earlier in your career, an executive headhunter may not be the best option.

[Read: Best Websites For Finding Remote Jobs In Tech]

How Hard Is It To Get A Tech Job?

Landing a job in tech can be difficult, and competition has increased as a result of the recent waves of industry layoffs. If you’re looking to land a job fast, tech might not be for you. However, if you’re genuinely drawn to the industry and willing to put in the necessary effort, you can land a job in tech.

Is 40 Too Old To Get A Job In IT?

No, 40 is not too old to land a job in the tech industry. While some professionals worry they’ll age out of tech once they hit a certain decade, this just isn’t true.

Sure, some tech companies will not hire applicants over a certain age. However, there are far more employers out there who want your talent and expertise.

As I share in this Forbes article, you want to own your age and tap into your network. Moreover, you must remain agile and flexible, and never stop learning.

Can I Start An IT Career At 50?

Many experienced workers worry that switching industries is impossible after they hit a certain age. Although it can become more difficult if all your experience rests in a single industry, it’s far from possible.

Even if you’re 50 (or older) you can still break into the industry and start a career in IT. Again, you want to take an offensive approach when it comes to age bias, harness the power of your vast network, and stay agile.

Final Thoughts On Finding A Job In Tech Online

You must be strategic and intentional with your time, energy, and effort if you want to find a job in the tech industry right now.

Based on your background, experience, and career goals, you’ll likely find it helpful to mix and match several of the tips outlined in this article so you can increase your chances of landing a tech job you LOVE. You’ve got this!

About Dr. Kyle Elliott

About Dr. Kyle Elliott

Dr. Kyle Elliott is the founder and career coach behind CaffeinatedKyle.com. His expertise is in Silicon Valley and high-tech. As a result of working with Dr. Elliott, senior managers and executives have landed jobs at Meta, Amazon, Google, and nearly every other tech giant you can imagine.

A trusted career expert, Dr. Elliott’s words have been featured on Business Insider, CNBC, CNN, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Fortune, and The New York Times, among dozens of other leading publications. He has been recognized as a Best Career & Interview Coach, Best Resume Writer for Silicon Valley/Tech Managers & Executives, and LinkedIn Top Voice (the platform’s highest honor).

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