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How to land a job in the tech industry

As the job market tightens post-pandemic and companies look to cut costs, many job seekers are once again finding there’s greater competition for fewer roles. Which field is defying the odds and expected to experience significant growth? Technology.

Canada's digital economy employment is expected to reach 2.26 million, creating a need for 250,000 more jobs by 2025, as stated by the Information and Communications Technology Council. So, focusing on the tech industry could be a smart move if you’re looking for work. Even if it isn’t your area of expertise, there are many ways to break into this thriving field. Check out these tips to get started:

  1. Think outside the box. Don’t have an engineering degree or have zero interest in coding? There are plenty of in-demand jobs in the sector that don’t require specialized degrees or knowledge of html. Most tech companies need employees in marketing, sales, customer support, HR, admin and more.
  2. Level up your skills. Keeping up with the latest tools and programs in a constantly evolving field is important. If you have some background in IT, consider taking an online course – many are available for free straight from the software manufacturer or through your local library.
  3. If you’re new to tech, look for programs dedicated to helping newcomers to the field. One resource is ComIT, a Canadian non-profit offering job seekers free technology and professional skills training. Through government and partner funding, ComIT offers three-month-long specialized courses for in-demand technology jobs.
  4. Create an online portfolio. Even if you’re a newbie to the industry, you can show off your tech skills and go-getter attitude to a potential employer with a sharp website. Briefly touch on who you are, your transferrable skills, and what you’re looking for in a job. List your achievements, including new certifications and ongoing training. Provide examples of cool projects you’ve completed – at work, school, or in your spare time – that showcase your successes and why you’d be a good hire.