Find Your Dream Job: Tips from a Technology Career Coach in 2023

Finding your dream job in the tech industry requires a mix of preparation, perseverance, and the right resources. Whether you’re aiming for a management position or seeking to excel in a high-tech role, finding the right fit can be challenging. In this blog post, we’ll explore valuable insights from Career Coach Tim, including tips on career resources, tech interviews, and more.

Utilize the advice and insights shared by top talent in the field to guide your job search, enhance your interview skills, and build a successful tech career. Whether you’re searching for a job you’ll love or looking to level up in your current role, these tips can help you navigate the dynamic world of tech with confidence.

Utilize Career Resources:

Career resources are essential for anyone looking to advance in their tech career. From coaching programs to online guides, taking advantage of free career resources can help you understand the job market and identify the skills you’ll need. I highly recommend some content I created with Jobscan during their No Fear Job Search during the pandemic. You can find How To Create A Resume That Stands Out on YouTube. The ideas and process are still the same, even though the UI has changed a bit.

Know where to find the best Technology jobs:

You would be surprised how easy it can be to go “window shopping” for roles once you know what the right job titles are. Many corporate roles are transferable into technology companies and the best career coaches in tech know where and how to look. I recommend doing a Google search using these terms: [job title] jobs [location]. So something like Product Manager jobs Seattle will give you sponsored results and a special job board interface provided by Google. Not every job is still active, so always explore a role you like by seeing if it is posted in the Jobs or Career page on the actual company website.

Prepare for Behavior Based Interviews:

Interviews go smoothly when you know your own story and how to tell it. We work with clients on how to tell a great story that also answers the interviewer’s questions. Think of a story using this acronym: CARL, which stands for Context, Action, Results, and Lessons Learned. We like this better than the often discussed STAR method because under STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) the candidate usually leaves out crucial elements from the story like:

  • Who was involved
  • What the relationship is between the participants
  • What is (or was) at stake, and
  • Ending the story with a Lesson Learned.

A common interview situation is not knowing when the story is over. During coaching sessions, I jokingly say that if you feel the need to say “So…. yeah….” to end the story, instead say “So from now on I…” to wrap up your answer. We share how to tell stories well and support our clients with an easy slide deck to reference the material later.

Consider a Career Coach:

Obviously, we offer career coaching at Coaching Technology Group (it’s right there in the name). Career coaches specialize in helping individuals find the right path in their careers. If you’re feeling stuck or can’t decide on the next step, an experienced career coach might be the perfect solution. We provide personalized guidance and support tailored to your unique skills and goals.

You can find out if working with us is right for you by booking a complementary discovery phone call using this link:

Explore Silicon Valley Opportunities and Beyond:

Silicon Valley, the patchwork of cities between San Jose and San Francisco, is known for its innovative spirit and high-tech opportunities. From startups to established tech giants, the valley’s top employers are always on the lookout for top talent. Consider networking with professionals in the area, attending tech events, or even relocating to immerse yourself in this dynamic tech hub.  A lot of Silicon Valley startup networking happens on Twitter, or now “X”. You can unlock similar opportunities in Seattle, Austin, SF, New York City, Raleigh, and Charlotte, NC.

In this era, you may be able to find a role that is 100% remote (though these are getting harder to find) so you can live and work nearly anywhere the company has a “nexus” – that is a taxable entity in that state or country. Be prepared to commute to work, even if your role is promoted as remote. The tide is turning back to being on-site three days a week, so you may need to live within commuting distance of a city that has a corporate office.

Embrace Continuous Learning:

The tech industry is ever-changing, and staying ahead requires constant learning. Love for learning is vital in this field, and prioritizing time for professional development can lead to a fulfilling and successful career. Whether it’s enrolling in online courses or attending industry seminars, make learning a lifelong commitment. A lot of roles are built around popular platforms like Salesforce or specific programming language skills in JavaScript, TypeScript, or Python. Python is a particularly useful language and has broad application in Tech-Centric companies.