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Find Out What Career In Tech is The Right Fit For You (Part 3 of 3)

Published on 28 March 2020 by Bessy Tam | Filed in Career

Step 3:  Map Your Experiences

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The Two-Way Relationship in a Job Search that No One Talks About

Two-way job relationship: what you need in a job vs what the employer/team needds

There's actually two relationships when it comes to a job search

  1. First is what you want to get out of a company.  I address this in the first two videos in this 3-part series .
    1. So that means: the lifestyle that you need,
    2. environment you need to bring out your strengths
    3. the people that you work with eg. working with smart people
    4. solving big challenges,
    5. being able to travel around the world and live the lifestyle that you want.
  2. The second side of the equation is actually what a company needs from the employee. The reason why a job actually exists is because there was a problem in the company or the team that needs to be solved, right?
    1. So the employee is meant to solve that problem in order to improve the business or reshow KPIs.  
    2. When we talk about this match, what we want to be able to do is understand your current assets and experiences so that you can fulfill the problem or solve the problem that team has.

I will tell you a little bit more later on about how to actually do this.

Just a caveat! You may or may not be able to get into your dream job in the beginning. For example, when I got into Google, I was in sales. I would talk to customers and also be very close to product before transitioning to my dream job in product, which I did.

Benefits of Focusing On Adding Value vs Just What You Want

Increase Sense of Fulfillment

Firstly, it increases your sense of fulfillment because you're actually solving big problems that only you would be able to solve. That's what makes a a really a great fit. 

Shorten Your Job Hunt By 2 TIMES

Secondly, to shorten your job hunt. When I was able to do that personally when I transitioned to Google, it actually shortened my job search into 2-weeks : Getting 2 job offers from 2 tech companies within 2 weeks vs the whole 10 month job search process, applying to many, many roles in different companies and getting rejections.

On average when students use my coaching programs, they're able to get their dream job in tech within 4 months and interviews within 2 weeks just because of this identifying the right role. A lot of times readers out there who don't use a coach or specific people who are in the tech industry might take a little bit longer around a year or so.

Make It As Easy As Possible

Lastly, it's because you want to make this as easy for yourself as possible. When a lot of people would try to make too many changes at once when the job transition is already difficult, it harder for them to make the change. 

For example, a lot of times when people look at new jobs or positions you change industries, countries, roles,, business aspects or functions.

It's really, really difficult to have a succinct story be able to tell a story to companies, but also be able to connect the dots in the longer term. This way you can connect the dots throughout each position and be able to hone in on your assets and really add value to the companies. 

So now we're going to talk about the three different aspects where you can leverage your strengths and experiences to showcase that you are the best fit for the company.

3 Strategies to Find the Right Career Fit in Your Next Role (In Tech)

These 3 aspects are industry, business and role.

Strategy #1: Industry Experiences

Firstly, when it comes to industry, we're talking about retail, finance, media, advertisements, different industries that can help you showcase that you have the industry knowledge and how the industry actually works in order to add value.

Specifically, to add value to the team that is working within that industry.

Example: Anna Who Transitioned From the Music Industry to Google

For example, a student of mine who was in Universal Music was able to land a role within Google product partnerships. This is important because she had the expertise of being in the industry, which is something that the team really, really needed.

She was able to add value immediately and showcase that within her resume and interviews. 

Strategy #2: Business Experiences

Secondly, it's the business expertise. This means ad tech, media management, any business related activities that the team is already in that you're interacting with more specifically, you are already working with those products.

On the other side of the equation, for example, if you're in the marketing side and already leveraging Facebook ads, Google ads, Salesforce, anything like that, you would be able to simply understand from a client perspective in move over to the type companies 

Example: Ebony Who Transitioned From Finance to LinkedIn

For example, my student Ebony was able to do this, was already in the marketing side of a client and was able to transition to LinkedIn ads because she was able to showcase her use of LinkedIn, how she upsold clients and how she is able to drive business KPIs through the product itself.

Strategy #3: Role Experiences

Thirdly, it's a role. This might seem very straightforward, but a lot of titles in the traditional industry or traditional company don't actually exist in the tech companies.

Example #1: Translating Titles in Traditional Industries to Job Titles in Tech

For example, a student of mine had the title of Performance Manager in Anheuser Busch. What we worked on was understanding what she actually did and mapping her experiences. This actually translated to a Sales Operations Manager role in tech.

Another other student in Finance had the title of Vice President in Goldman Sachs. Now I personally know after working with so many students that are a lot of "VP" roles within Finance. What we wanted to do is actually break down what she did.

This 2-weekend effort translated her job to a Product Operations Management role within a tech company because she was actually managing operations for different products that Goldman Sachs was building.

Example #2: Data Engineer or Data Analyst into Tech

But this could also be very, very straightforward. For example, if you're a data analyst or a data engineer in specific companies like Lucy was, you're able to find similar roles (data analyst) within tech companies. 

Another example would be Laurie who was a business development manager and travel and was able to translate that into an account executive role.

So there's two sides of our equation. Now I'm going to tell you about the 3-steps that you'll need to take in order to link this all together. 

3-Steps to Map Your Experiences to Define Your Career in Tech

Step #1: Understand Your Current Role + Data Points You Have

First you will need to understand your current role that you're in and any past data points that you have that can showcase how strong your experiences were.

Then you'll be able to translate your unique experiences and strengths into an actual role. 

You'll be able to do this in Day 1 and 2 of my Free 7-day Email Course. Use the worksheets to map out the 3 different traits or transitional factors in your experiences of industry, business, or role related strengths to map it to a specific company or role.

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Step #2: Map Experiences to 3 Identifiable Traits for Role

Then boil down your experiences into 3 identifiable traits that are much needed in that role.

For example, if you're an Account Manager, the 3 things that you really, really need to have in your background are 

  1. Cross Functional Relationships
  2. Hitting Targets/Driving Sales
  3. Working Cross Functionally with both C level and A-level  Contacts Internally/Eternally.

For example, if you're an Analyst or a Data Engineer, what's really important is for you to highlight experiences in:

  1.  Driving KPIs
  2. Data Analytics
  3.  Stakeholder Management.

Let's say you're going for Product Operations. Then what is important is:

  1.  Operationalizing Poducts
  2. User-First Approach
  3. Cross Functional Collaboration 

How to Find Out What 3 Traits Are Important in a Role?

If you don't know what traits or attributes are really important to specific roles, you could actually reach out to some people who have the job title that you're thinking about matching to.

Leverage my informal chat scripts & step-by-step guidelines to reach out to them and understand more about what they do

So your questions could be:

  • What do you do on a daily basis?
  • Who do you work with?
  • What makes you more successful than other people in the same role? 
  • Most importantly if they did transition from a traditional to a tech company, you can ask them what traits were transferable and what made them unique to be in that position. 

If you feel like your background isn't strong enough after talking to various people in those roles, you can also define those gaps with the people you talk to and work on relevant projects for the next few months to build case studies and stories.

This way, you'll be a much stronger candidate when making the transition.

Update Your LinkedIn/Resume Accordingly

Then you would update your LinkedIn and resume in order to showcase those traits as well as adding that specific title to your LinkedIn.

 You wouldn't want "Vice President" as a title on LinkedIn. You'd want to have "Product Operations Manager/Vice President" as your title on LinkedIn instead. When recruiters or hiring managers search online , you would already show up as a strong candidate. 

Step #3: Discover Job Openings & Gain Referrals to Skip "Applying"

Lastly, when you have those relationships already being built in, you also have your identified role and three attributes plus experiences that you have.

You'd be able to easily get into tech by talking to them and understanding what teams are hiring, what their business challenges are, and be able to speak to those business challenges.

You'll actually expedite the job hunt process, showcasing the types of experiences you have that are relevant but most importantly choosing the right role.


 In the end, every job offer gets at least 250 applications, 4-6 interviews, and only 1 person actually gets that job.

You want to be a part of that pool by showcasing that you are actually the right person.

So tell me how helpful was this video/article? I know there was a lot that we covered. I wanted to make sure that I'm answering your questions as much as possible.

Comment Below, What role did you identify those right thing for you and how do you go about that? Where were the results? Again, make sure to comment, subscribe, and like this video

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About the Author

Bessy Tam is a career coach who helps busy professionals get into their dream non-tech job in tech. She’s helped dozens of clients get interviews and offers from companies such as Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Lyft, Amazon, Babbel, & More. She currently works at Google in Chicago.


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