Second (and in common with the advice to women in that earlier column you cite), start building a network of fellow techies. "Especially right out of college, but really at any point in your career, it's important to get involved in groups on LinkedIn and be active with local user groups," Borre says. "You might also look for local volunteer groups where you can use your skills, or hone new ones." Getting lots of exposure to what your peers are doing is not only interesting and fun, she notes, but could open the door to future job opportunities.
Most important, Borre says, go into job interviews with a clear idea of what each employer does and what its goals are — and how your tech skills can help them get where they're trying to go. "Employers want innovation that will further their business. They want to hire people who understand the role technology plays in the bigger picture.
"So being able to play that dual role of tech person and business analyst is what moves people's tech careers forward now," she says. "The days of the tech guy or gal sitting alone in the corner are over." Noted.
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