1. Like the above example of the Clerk turned Programmer, if you have any non-IT business experience, use that experience to help you pivot into an IT job that could take advantage of your experience.
2. If you have recently graduated college, continue to look for jobs through your university’s placement office. Companies looking for recent college graduates know that the applicants have little or no professional experience.
3. Offer to work in the IT department of a charitable, religious, or other non-profit organization free for a short time with the understanding that if they like you they will give you a professional reference.
4. Try applying for jobs that say “1 to 3 years of experience” where you have technical knowledge and offer to do the job for less than the posted salary range. If they like you, they save money and you get a job.
5. Use social media to your advantage. Write a blog in the technical area where you would like to get a job. Also, become an active contributor on technology-related discussion boards. This combination may bring an employer to you. If not, it will help you expand your knowledge, illustrate your technical expertise, and tune you into the issues facing professionals in your technical area.
6. If your technical expertise is in an area that starting a small company is doable, such as PC tech support, website design, or SEO, then create a website and try to get some clients. The theory is, if you can’t find a job that gives you some technical experience, create one.
If you have any questions about your career in IT, please email me at
eric@ManagerMechanics.com or find me on Twitter at @EricPBloom.
Until next time, work hard, work smart, and continue to build your professional brand.
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