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Forging a successful career in tech

  • Publish Date: Posted 4 months ago
  • Author:by Barbara McKiernan

​​SyncNI has recently release an article from our very own Managing Director: Barbara McKiernan. To read the article in full, please click here.

As Managing Director at Vanrath, Barbara McKiernan shares her expertise on steps you can take to reach your dream role 

As a senior leader in recruitment, I've had the privilege of witnessing the career journeys of countless individuals, including many young women. While it's an exciting and rewarding process, it's not always easy. There are still challenges that I feel younger women face when navigating the recruitment processes, but there are definitely ways to make it smoother.

Confidence is absolutely key. It's one of the most important attributes a candidate can bring to a recruitment process. Young women have to own their skills and experiences. Be proud of what you bring to the table, and don't be afraid to show it off during interviews. Confidence not only leaves a lasting impression on recruiters and hiring managers but also instils trust in one's abilities.

It helps to know the right people to get your foot in the door. The best way to do this? Networking. It can be scary at first, but seriously, get out there. Attend events, join groups, and connect with professionals on LinkedIn. You never know where your next opportunity might come from, so start building those connections and showcase yourself. And don't forget about mentors. Having someone in your corner who's been there, done that can be a game-changer. Seek out mentors who can offer guidance and support as you navigate your career path.

When it comes to applying for roles, my advice to young women would be to do your homework on the companies you're applying to. Tailor your CV and cover letter (if required) to each job - and practice those interview questions! It'll help calm those nerves and make you shine.

Young people often think that the career path is straight and unchanging, that you MUST stick to what you did in university or follow through on the career you chose when you were 18, but your dream job might not come in the package you expect. Stay open to different industries and roles. You might discover a passion you never knew you had.

Show that you’re hardworking and passionate. A great way to present this? Keep learning and never stop. Take courses, attend workshops, get certifications. The more you know, the more valuable you become to potential employers.

Finally, advocate for yourself. Speak up about what you want and need. Whether it's negotiating salary or sharing your career goals, don't be shy about making your voice heard.

The job hunt can be tough, but with a little confidence, preparation, networking, mentorship, continuous learning, flexibility, and self-advocacy, you'll be well on your way to landing that dream job. And, if you ever need a hand, VANRATH is to support you at every step of your career journey.