Technology companies, whether engaged in software development, design, marketing, mobile, or (most likely) all of the above, are great places to work. They offer an opportunity to work in a field that is ever changing and evolving, making for new and exciting challenges. So what if you want to work for a tech company but have no coding or tech experience? You just have to gear your skill set to fit their needs beyond being a developer.
I was a bankruptcy attorney before I became a Marketing Analyst for Amadeus Consulting, a custom software and mobile app development company. I had never considered a career in the tech world because I thought you needed some kind of coding/development skills to even consider it. Not so. It can be more difficult to get your foot in the door, but it is amazing the way talents can transfer. Because of my Bankruptcy Law background, I have the analytical mind needed for managing our PPC campaign and I like dealing with numbers and spreadsheets, so it was a good fit. Some other examples of tech jobs that don’t require coding or development skills: UX/UI specialist (user experience/user interface specialist), business analyst, project/program manager, technical writer, and marketing and sales.
A UX/UI specialist sketches out mockups and tests models on users to see which models are favored by users. This information is then transferred on to the developers to make the most user friendly product possible. The business analyst, project manager, and program manager all have similar responsibilities. They bridge the gap between the customer and the developers to ensure effective communication and to coordinate priorities. A technical writer drafts the extensive documentation needed for many products including instructions for users and requirements for developers. Marketing and sales kind of speaks for itself, but there is a difference in the tech field. You are more likely to find marketing and sales departments in tune with the latest and greatest marketing and sales tools. This can make these positions great for learning and growth within the industry.
So now you know what types of positions to look for, how do you gear your resume and interview to promote yourself in the tech field? Do your research. You probably know people who work in the industry, so ask them for specifics on what these positions may entail. Include these skills on your resume and prepare for interview questions around these skills. Also, prepare to answer questions about why you want to get into the tech field and how you intend to do some “catch up” learning about the industry.
Bottom line, there are a lot of opportunities out there for all different kinds of skill sets. Do your research, look for positions that match the skill set you have, then gear your resume and how you present yourself to the needs of a tech company. Just like looking for any other position, show your enthusiasm for the opportunity to try something new!