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How to Explain Your Career Change During an Interview

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So you graduated from a bootcamp, gained new technical skills from finishing a course, or taught yourself what you need to successfully change careers. Now comes your exciting next step: acing an interview and landing your first job in tech. 

On average, each corporate job attracts 250 resumes, of which only four to six will get called for an interview. Of course, only one will get the job. How well you stand out will rely heavily on the stories you tell. As someone who is changing careers, you likely have a particularly unique or interesting story, and potential employers will inevitably ask about it in the interview. It’s important that your story persuades them to hire you. 

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Alumni Success Stories: How Taking a Bet on Yourself Can Transform Your Present Moment

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Change can sometimes feel like skydiving. Scary for some yet exhilarating for others. A leap of faith is only enjoyable if you have envisioned or experienced the infinite possibilities before taking the jump. That means a mental and emotional preparation for the rush, the highs, and potential lows. Transitioning to a career in tech can be scary, especially if you come from a non-traditional background.

We sat down with Career Impact Bond graduates Anthony Pegues and Malika Johnson from General Assembly’s Sofware Engineering Immersive Program to share their stories on how embracing change and believing in themselves transformed their present moment.

The Career Impact Bond Program helps people across U.S cities gain in-demand coding skills to become ready for long-term careers in the tech industry and supports improved economic mobility.

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How to Market Yourself in 4 Easy Steps To Land a Job in Tech

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Whether you’re interviewing for a new job, seeking a promotion, or trying to land your next big role, knowing how to promote your expertise and value is crucial to unlocking new opportunities. Having the ability to showcase your digital footprint not only builds your brand but it supports you in your job search.

Approximately 250 applications are sent for a corporate job opening position on average. Platforms like CareerBuilder, having over 80 million active job applicants, and Indeed with 225 million resumes, makes it more difficult to stand out from a sea of job seekers all vying for the same end goal. With the competition becoming louder than ever, being equipped with the creative toolkit to market yourself and bypass the noise is crucial to landing your dream job.

There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for marketing yourself. Every job market is different, and so are the ways you can help yourself stand out from the crowd. You don’t need to be a marketing guru or have a huge budget to promote yourself. You just need to know how.

Here are 4 easy steps:

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5 Tips to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile as a Career Changer

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If you want to start a new career or get promoted, LinkedIn is a great place to start. LinkedIn has become the go-to network for job seekers and recruiters alike. The site boasts over 830 million members worldwide, with over 58 million registered companies, and its user base continues to increase. Yet, despite its popularity, many people struggle to optimize their profiles. This piece shares some helpful tips to improve your LinkedIn profile as a career changer.

Why you need optimization for your LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn is one of the most popular social networks today. If you want to be seen by potential employers, clients, customers, or partners, you need to optimize your profile. A great way to do this is to leverage keywords and key phrases to help people find you. When you hear “SEO” or “search engine optimization,” you probably think about how well a website ranks on Google. Identifying the right keywords and strategically including them in your profile helps you appear in LinkedIn and Google searches, increasing your chances of being discovered.

With that in mind, let’s look at how you can benefit from an optimized LinkedIn profile.

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How to Successfully Network Your Way into a Tech Career

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Networking is a skill that can supercharge your career in tech. The old adage is true: it’s not always just what you know, but who you know. Your network will play a huge role in where your career takes you, what roles you are considered for, and how quickly you learn new tools and techniques. Plus, networking can introduce you to lifelong friends—and you can even have fun along the way.

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Prepare For & Nail Your First Tech Interview: Here’s How

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Technical jobs are some of the highest-paying ones out there. If you want to get into tech, you’ll need to master a set of hard and soft skills and your tech interview skills to land the job you love.

Technical interviews are designed to assess candidates’ problem-solving skills inside the company and their suitability for the role, including their depth of knowledge in the field or any potential difficulties that may arise on the job. They also aim to gauge whether applicants have good communication skills and problem-solving abilities.

To start, here are some critical tech interview do’s and don’ts.

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Now Available: The Employer’s Roadmap to Harnessing the Great Resignation

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Between a looming recession and record-high job openings, it’s no wonder that employers are struggling to recover from the Great Resignation. In 2021, after the shock of COVID-19 upended life as we knew it, talent around the world reprioritized how they spend their valuable time — and employees left work in droves, leaving business leaders to tackle a shrinking economy without the manpower to succeed.

Today, despite businesses’ best efforts, the Great Resignation shows many signs that it will continue through 2022. This global movement signals that major changes to the working world are necessary to create a value proposition strong enough to win talent back. This task can be overwhelming at a time when leaders are struggling to stay afloat, so we’ve created a downloadable guide to help you through.

Available now, The Employer’s Roadmap to Harnessing the Great Resignation shares a streamlined, step-by-step guide to transforming your workplace into a space where talent wants to stay, grow and thrive. 

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Building a Future Ready Workforce: How Employer and Community Partnerships are Leading The Way

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With the technology industry changing faster than ever, companies need a workforce that can evolve just as quickly. But how can these companies develop a pipeline as agile and versatile as the workers they hope to employ one day? And how can private and public sector partnerships build future-proof workforce development programs by tapping into their communities

Our VP of Government & Workforce Partnerships, Priya Ramanathan sat down to discuss this problem with Kelly Martin (Head of Strategy & Operations at M&T Bank) and Sarah Tanbakuchi (President & CEO of TechBuffalo). They fleshed out lessons they’ve learned, particularly from the hard-working graduates that made up their first Data Analytics cohort. Keep reading to get crucial tips for rethinking your candidate pipeline. 

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