Only 25% of IT jobs are held by women, despite the fact that women make up over half of the professional jobs in the U.S. Because of the disparity between the genders, working in the tech industry can be an isolating experience for many women – but it doesn’t have to be. The Portland community has a plethora of incredible opportunities for women to more easily connect with peers and grow as professionals. Here are a few tips for how women can take advantage of all that the Portland networking scene has to offer.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Maybe you aim to become an expert in your field, broaden your current skillset, or find a new position. Regardless of your career path, networking is vital to your success in the tech industry and connecting with other IT professionals can open doors to unique opportunities. As a matter of fact, in today’s market, 85% of all positions are filled as a result of successful networking. Fortunately, as Denver has grown, so has its rich tech community. There are thousands of local IT professionals interested in learning, developing their skills, and meeting new people. Let’s take a look at 5 networking opportunities that can accelerate your Denver tech career. Continue reading
The rapid rise of the gig economy shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, an estimated 34% of the workforce – and 43% by 2020 – is made up of temporary workers. As the competition for gig opportunities heightens, independent contractors need to find ways to maintain their edge. Here are a few basic guidelines to boost your career in the evolving gig economy. Continue reading
Today, 77% of employers say they value soft skills as much as hard skills. This means while your technical skill set will be what qualifies you for a new IT job, it will be your soft skills that differentiate you and attract the actual job offer. But within this stronger focus on well-rounded candidates, which soft skills are employers looking for in their tech roles? And how can you sharpen your soft skills in IT, even when your job has you alone in front of a computer screen all day? Continue reading
The contacts you make today could improve your future career because you never know when you’ll meet your next boss, coworker, employee, or life-changing professional resource. Connecting with peers is not just for those who are currently job searching because it helps grow your knowledge base and sharpens your awareness of current industry trends. Here are 6 opportunities for smarter IT job networking in the New Year. Continue reading