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Snag The Tech Job You (Really) Want: Part II — Graduation Edition

Lauren Day, Senior Director of Global Talent Acquisition

If graduation snuck up on you sooner than expected, fear not! In my last blog post, I provided some useful tips for securing the tech job of your dreams and now I’d like to share how those same principles apply specifically to recent or soon-to-be graduates. We’ve gone beyond the usual “do your research” and “come prepared with questions” advice to help you secure a lasting, dream job in tech.

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Tech be nimble, tech be quick

Last week, we discussed how quickly the tech industry moves and the need to be agile to keep up with a constantly evolving market. You may be wondering how you demonstrate this when interviewing for an entry-level position — here are a few things to consider:

Think about some of the experiences you had during your internships, on-campus jobs or even during finals season when you had to simply make it work. How did you handle stress? How did you choose what to prioritize? Show your critical thinking capabilities by explaining how you would apply that same thought process in a new environment — personal anecdotes go a long way. Remember: you don’t need to know the answer to every challenge, but you should know how you’d approach those challenges!

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Identify Your Differentiator

You’re probably feeling the pressure right now and are noticing that some of your peers are starting to lock down job offers. We talked about finding your “it” factor in such a hot industry, but like many, you may need some guidance identifying your competitive edge right out of college.

You already know the importance of internships and these days, every recent grad has several relevant internships under their belt when applying for a job. What you might not know is that it’s equally — if not, more — important to demonstrate you’ve learned something valuable and tangible from each opportunity. During your interviews, showcase what’s so unique about your respective experience and how you could apply it at their company! Did you spearhead a new internal cultural initiative? Did you suggest a new process that improved productivity? Get specific and be sure to advocate for the role you personally played.

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Culture is Key

We’ve told you how important culture is when you’re looking for a new job, but you may not be sure what your ideal company culture is yet … and that’s okay! During the interview, discuss some of the hobbies and extracurricular activities that you participated in. Think about what attributes of those activities drew you to them. Do you prefer a team environment because you played sports? Does your love of fiction novels make you crave a creative office environment? Tell the interviewer about yourself and be honest about what type of environments you thrive in.

Keep these in mind as you embark on your journey into the tech world — and get out there and nail your next interview!
- Lauren

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