Economists expect the tech industry to grow another 11 percent by 2029. The Tech industry is also one of the most supportive of remote and hybrid roles. With so many opportunities arising to change the face of this industry, it's no wonder so many people are eager to find a role in tech.
Entering the tech industry, however, can be hard — especially if you don't have prior experience or a degree. Luckily, there are a few different things you can do to get started. Don’t forget that while landing a job in a new industry may take more time and effort, there are many benefits you can bring to the table from your nonlinear career.
Read on to learn about finding entry-level remote jobs in the tech industry.
1. Look For Opportunities at Your Current Job
Chances are, if you look around your current job, you can find something to help develop your tech skills. Whether it's asking to get involved with projects like redesigning the company's website or finding a new provider for email newsletters, this kind of experience can help you learn quickly, and looks good on your resume.
Look around for dormant or back burner projects and ask more tech focused colleagues if there’s something you can do to pitch in and help take projects off their plate. Chances are, they'll look to you as the person for the job.
2. Take Courses
Courses are another great way to learn and gain any relevant experience you need.
With websites like Khan Academy or Udemy, learning new skills through a course is as easy as possible. Some courses you have to pay for, but you can earn a certificate that you could display on your LinkedIn profile or add to your resume. Other courses require nothing more than creating an account to help you keep track of your assignments and any progress you make during the course.
Start with the basics, like no-code automation, coding basic HTML, or editing photo and video in common programs like Canva, Photoshop, Premiere Pro.
The best part about these courses is you have complete control over how and when you learn the material, so if one course doesn't work for you, you can move to the next.
3. Keep Your Projects
In those courses, you're likely going to create a lot of projects. It's important that you keep documentation and assets from at least a few, if not all, of your projects.
You should also use the skills you're learning and put them into practice by creating your own projects outside of what you learn. There are plenty of opportunities to support your hobbies, passions, and favorite organizations.
Not only are you giving yourself experience by doing this, but you're also showing that you work well with others. Instead of keeping your skills limited to theory and creative projects, you're providing potential employers with tangible evidence that you've used your skills in real-world situations.
4. Create a Portfolio
This is where documenting anything you create becomes necessary. As you build up several projects and real-world examples of your work, you're going to create a portfolio to show potential employers and clients whenever you're applying for something.
Your portfolio doesn't have to include all of your work, just the best of what you've created. Even if these projects don’t have a visual element that you handled, it’s important to illustrate the context and impact of your work with interesting screenshots, emails from partners, anything that speaks to what you’ve accomplished. When you're first starting out, what you have to work with is going to be limited, but as you build, you're going to have more things you're able to contribute.
You should also include a bio and contact information (or a contact form) in your portfolio so people can reach you if they're interested in your services.
5. Identify Transferable Skills and Update Accordingly
Believe it or not, a few of the skills you have from your current job can and will transfer over to a tech career. Things like customer relations, sales, team leading, adaptability, and even problem solving are great things to add to your resume. An ability to stick to deadlines is also really important.
6. Search for Freelance Jobs
As you progress, getting paid for your work is going to become a bigger and bigger possibility. Whether you want to freelance full-time, having a few freelance jobs under your belt before starting a new career is not only going to give you relevant experience, but it's also going to let you know whether or not this is a job for you.
Finding entry-level freelance jobs is a great way to get your foot in the door to a lot of companies, and it's a great way to build your portfolio while still making money. Just make sure you update your resume before you apply around.
7. Networking Matters
Finally, and this is important, networking matters. Developing authentic relationships takes intentional effort, but it’s an investment that will pay off throughout your career. Whether it's virtually or in person, talking to people in the industry is the best way to make connections and establish yourself in the market. Informational interviews are an excellent way to get started, and our Guide To Informational Interviews can help you get started.
Create a LinkedIn or Twitter profile and fill it with tech-based people. Interact with the people in your network and don't be afraid to send them direct messages and ask to speak with them.
Whether you're looking to be hired by them or not, firsthand accounts are a great way to get to know an industry, and networking gives you access to that. Check out our tips on optimizing your LinkedIn Profile.
Remember Your Worth When Searching for Entry-Level Remote Jobs
It's important to remember that, especially right now, there's a shortage of tech workers. The field is still booming, and there's a lot of room for newcomers to find great opportunities.
Landing entry-level remote jobs in the tech industry can be difficult, but keeping track of things can help a lot along the way.
With Teal's job tracker, you can use keywords and bookmarks to track and optimize your job search. Once you’re ready to search and apply, we’ve broken down the top remote job boards by industry. The job tracker can save and organize remote jobs from across all the top job sites like LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster, and glassdoor.
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