How to Keep Up With Tech News

How to Keep Up With Tech News

Frequently you hear tech is forever evolving, however, what are you doing about it? It’s vital to evolve with tech and keep relevant. Take time to learn everyday about news, acquisitions, upcoming SaaS updates, breaches, and topics that have an effect on your everyday work. Not only is this beneficial to you, but to teammates, and your employer. Keeping relevant also shows that you are versatile and willing to move with change. Below are just a few ways you can keep up:

Alerts

Setup alerts to send directly to your inbox, and for urgent alerts sent to your cell phone. For example, if you work in Cyber Security, DevOps, or Information Technology, use a service like Pagerduty to send updates of relevant US Cert alerts or production issues. Likewise, make use of Google Trends and setup a digest to a filtered folder in your inbox.


Read & Listen During Your Commute

Subscribe to newsletters, read blogs, books, and listen to a podcast. This can include signing up for quarterly and yearly reports which usually come in a downloadable pdf to read offline.


Webinars and Courses

Companies like Cisco, Bettercloud, Slack, Zoom, and Okta regularly hold webinars and trainings. This a great opportunity to start a relationship with a rep that can demo hardware, software, and even give special releases early. This is very helpful when you may be asked to recommend new technologies or software to implement, or when a new bit of information comes in handy when solving a problem. In some cases, you can attend a webinar to receive free hardware such as an AP, extended trail, simplified data sheets, or a discount on a product


Social Media

Twitter is the #1 platform to find out about the latest tech news. Do you remember that time Slack was down for almost half a day? Did you go directly to twitter and find out in minutes what was going on? Yup, that’s because twitter has become the place for real time news. Twitter can be best utilized by following industry leaders, CEO’s, and employees at companies related to your industry. This can give you first insight on changes and updates.

Networking Events

Attend network events, meetups, and hiring fairs. Leading tech companies frequently sponsor events. This may be your chance to speak directly with engineering team, security, product, and technology team members. They also love to share updates with a small amount of folks before sharing to the public, to get an early understanding of how customers will react. If you are fortunate, they may share some insider information of upcoming features that may be of a help to the infrastructure at your company.


How do you keep relevant in the tech industry? Share with us below!

The Internet Is Your Resume

The Internet Is Your Resume

Congrats, you just graduated your first Bootcamp, finished your first computer science degree, or completed your first internship. Now your ready to start sending out that resume. But wait, this is the 21st century, the century of the internet. Traditional paper resumes are becoming a thing of the past in tech. You sent your resume out, and now your waiting for the next step. But did you ever think of what the first step of the hiring manager looking at your traditional resume?

 

What happens on the other end?

 

One of the first task of a hiring manager after receiving your resume via LinkedIn or Indeed, is to research you on the internet. While traditional resumes are still in use, there’s a new kind of resume. The internet. This is where, friends, family, strangers, and employers go to find out who you are and what you are about. If your profile is public, every post, every tweet can make or break the decision for an employer to move forward with you as a candidate. Keep any information or accounts in connection to you free of controversial subjects, profanity, and risky photos. Do not disqualify yourself from a job, not reaching the phone interview round. Being a black woman in tech we walk in with many odds against us.

We may not be able to control our race or the color of our skin, but we can control how we act, present ourselves, and what others will see of us on the internet.

Furthermore, as a Black woman, it’s important to stand out, show your knowledge, your experience, all the 🔥work you have done, and to shine! In tech, it’s important that in a quick google search an employer can find 1-3 professional photos of you, your personal website, and engagement on platforms such as GitHub, StackOverflow, and Twitter. Activity on forums in line with the type of work you do is a plus. If your job is helpdesk, a photo of you with a break and fix says a lot. If you work in crypto and you tweet about the latest currency news, it says a lot. Give employers a reason to find out more about who you are. Be aware your web presence can help or hurt you.

 

Here are two example scenarios

 

Scenario 1: How the internet can help your career

 

Sierra, the Senior DevOps Engineer at CloudSync inc is looking for a Junior DevOps Engineer. She came across the resume of Anelle Jenkins on the Frauvis job board. The resume is great but doesn’t quite fit the exact skills required. However, Sierra see’s Anelle has an extensive background as a front-end engineer but looking to change fields. Sierra checks online for Anelle’s twitter, Reddit, Instagram, and GitHub. It’s posted on twitter that Anelle volunteers as community support for ThyLinux community forum. Consistently posting videos of her creating her own sandbox to practice DevOps skills and volunteering for office hours of other learners. A few rounds on interviews take place. In the end, Sierra believes Anelle will grow in her skills and offers her the Junior DevOps Engineer position, with the opportunity for promotion to Lead DevOps Engineer in 6 months to 1 year.

 

Scenario 2: How the internet can hurt your career

 

Joselle Fink, the CTO of GunSafe is looking to hire a Director of Engineering. Taylor’s resume is clean cut, precise, and to the point of her accomplishments over the past 20 years. Taylor was recommended by a member of the CTO club. Taylor has been recognized with building great engineering teams within various startups in the Houston area. It seemed as if she was the perfect candidate. Conducting research as normal, she found Taylor’s presence in the tech scene was very consistent with good results. Yet searching through a few tweets, it becomes apparent Taylor is anti-gun safety. This stands against the company mission and values. As Taylor was simply a recommendation and never actually applied, it was ok that Joselle chose to pass on Taylor and never bothered to reach out.

 

Don’t let your web presence bring you down

 

Certainly, you want to be scenario 1. Don’t disqualify yourself before you even get the chance to pitch yourself. Rather, let the internet make you shine and create a world of opportunities. Make your web presence work for you. It’s ideal to get to the point where employers will find you on Github, Linkedin, Stackoverflow, Angelist, or through word of mouth and reach out to you. Go get started on that resume right now!

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