women in tech, soft skills

Starting out in a tech career can be particularly difficult, especially due to the competitive nature of the hiring process.

Below are four key tips on how to climb the ladder into the tech industry as a woman:

1. Student and graduate work

Gaining experience while you are still a student is a great way to put yourself in a better position once you have graduated. One year work placements, sandwich years and part time working roles allow you to develop essential skills desired by employers, which can help you get an early foot in the door when applying to positions in the future.

Graduate programmes are a great way to help you climb the ladder whilst also receiving extensive training and exposure to different areas of the business from sales, to finance, to marketing and much more.

2. Perfect your CV

Firstly, it is important to write your CV in line with the specific sector that you’re applying to work in, as well as the job role. Your CV needs to be easy to read, personable and highlight key areas of experience and talent. If you don’t have much experience it’s important to list the key skills that employers will be looking for in their candidates, and highlight personal achievements that will make you stand out against the crowd.

You should list all your qualifications, especially those which are tech oriented, starting with the most recent first. For example if you have a degree, you should state the University you attended, dates attended and the qualifications gained. If you don’t have a degree it’s worth including any NVQs, A-levels and GCSE qualifications.

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3. Impressing in an interview

Always start by researching to ensure you know your potential company well, as well as the industry. A good place to start is by looking at their LinkedIn and other social media sites to get a real feel of the company, and how they like to present themselves.

Linking back to the previous point, know your CV. Think back to the job specifications and consider ways in which your relevant experience may demonstrate these skills, and be ready to explain and expand on your experience. For example, for Finance and Accounting positions in tech, you may want to discuss what qualifications you have, as well as any previous positions in the sector. Although the role may not be hands-on technical work, you may want to mention your current knowledge, even if it is basic.

4. Starting your new role 

Once you’ve accepted your new job position, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. It’s best to just take each day by day whilst you’re adapting to your new environment and don’t be scared to ask for help if you need it. Asking questions is a great way to start building connections and relationships with your colleagues. Remember there is no such thing as a stupid question if you don’t already know the answer to it.

For example, if you work in a HR recruitment agency in tech you may want to be more inquisitive due to the competitive nature of the sector, in order to gain more of the professional and technical knowledge your colleagues may have.