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Utah’s tech sector is still booming: 5 tips for landing a great job

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Utah’s tech sector supports as many as 1 in 7 Utah jobs and as much as one-sixth of worker earnings in the entire state, says a report by University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

While the coronavirus pandemic has had an adverse effect on much of Utah’s economic and job growth, including in the tech industry, its unemployment rate has bounced back to nearly the same as pre-pandemic levels. In January 2021, Utah’s unemployment rate had fallen to a mere 3.1% according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, just half a percent above its unemployment rate one year earlier.

With this resurgence, the tech sector continues to boom, hiring as much or more than ever before. With Utah’s low cost of living, state tax incentives and a high-quality workforce, job opportunities are projected to continue to emerge, already providing more than 118,000 Utah jobs with an average annual compensation of more than $106,000, according to the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute’s findings.

In order to land that great job in the tech industry, however, you’ll need the right educational background and a good set of job application skills. Here are some tips to help you find your next job in the tech industry.

Find out what training you need

For many tech jobs, experience or a college degree is a must to render you qualified to apply, but the exact field of study preferred will depend on the job you want. At Biofire Defense, a medical technology company based in Salt Lake City, for instance, the current job posting for Quality Specialists requires applicants to have a high school diploma with applicable experience or a college degree.

To determine whether your training or education qualify for your chosen job posting’s requirements, it’s advisable to contact the Human Resources department of your target company for more information.

Tailor your resume to the job you’re applying for

Crafting a well-written, proofread resume is an important step most job seekers know to take, but the most effective resumes will go a step further and be tailored to fit the specifications of a particular job opening.

“Hiring managers and interviewers have a tendency to scan quickly, and not read thoroughly,” The Balance Careers points out. You can help them determine whether your resume fits the bill by including keywords from the original job posting, using headings that help them quickly identify your job experience and education and emphasizing past jobs that are most relevant to the job you’re applying for.

Utilize online job boards

You have a couple of options when it comes to submitting your resume online. Some companies prefer to have you submit an application directly to their Human Resources department. Others will post their opening to an online job board like Monster, indeed, ZipRecruiter or Glassdoor. In the latter case, you’ll be able to apply directly to the company through the information they provide through the board.

If you aren’t sure what job you want, you can also upload a general resume and make it searchable by job recruiters. When a recruiter searches for characteristics in an ideal candidate, your resume could then appear in their search results based on your qualifications and training and the keywords you use in your resume.

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Learn how to interview remotely

In today’s climate, being able to interview well remotely is a key component to any successful job search. This means having a reliable internet connection, a webcam and computer or other reliable video streaming technology and knowing how to use an online video conferencing platform.

Ideally, you would test the interview link in advance of your interview, set up a clean, non-distracting background, dress professionally, and be prepared for contingencies (i.e. if someone walks into the room, you get a phone call, your internet connection is unstable or you lose audio during your interview).

All the other elements of a good interview still apply, including making good eye contact (though this means looking into the camera when you’re interviewing remotely, rather than your interviewer’s eyes), researching the company so you understand its mission statement and goals, and rehearsing how you might answer common interview questions.

Use the fact that you’ll be able to see yourself during your interview to your advantage. Check your posture, examine your clothes for wrinkles or stains, notice when you start wandering off-camera, and make sure you look as enthusiastic and engaged as you can throughout your interview.

“Your goal is to appear natural and at ease,” explains the Harvard Business Review. “You might record yourself answering a few sample questions and watch how you appear. But don’t do this if you’ll just focus on everything you’re doing wrong.”

Be positive

One of the best things you can bring to your job search is a good attitude. Having confidence in yourself and your skills will help you stand out to interviewers. Positivity will also help you recover from the inevitable rejection that will occur when job applications don’t work out. Being able to persevere in the face of adversity is an important characteristic for any job seeker, especially in today’s climate.

To find out more about the exciting job opportunities available at Biofire Defense, visit www.biofiredefense.com/about-us/careers/.