JobStep Blog

Thriving in Tech – A conversation about tech company culture, work-life balance, & breaking into tech cultures

https://youtu.be/nKuSV9DiCFg JobStep’s CEO, Eleanor Meegoda, sat down with Jillian Hufnagel, JobStep Advisor and Head of Culture at Slim.AI. They talked about thriving in tech company cultures.  Below are some tips and highlights from the webinar How did you break into tech? [I’m an] “art school dropout turned receptionist, office manager, executive assistant, Chief of Staff,

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Increasing Income: Promotion vs. New Job

Should you negotiate a new salary with a promotion, or should you look for a new job?  The answer is often both. The easiest way to negotiate more money is to have a competing offer in hand.   Netflix says the only way to negotiate more pay is with a competing job offer. A competing job

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pivot to the tech industry

$10,000+ Reasons to Pivot to the Tech Industry

Did you know for the same skill, you can make $10K-$20K in increased salary when switching from your current job to positions within other industries? For hourly wages, that boost in income equates to about $10 more per hour.   Why? Some industries value certain skills more and also have a lot more room for growth.

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Succeeding in Customer Success

Highlights from JobStep’s Webinar with Customer Success Leader, Ty Raia

Highlights from JobStep’s April 8 Webinar: Succeeding in Customer Success: A conversation with Ty Raia Thank you to everyone who joined JobStep last Thursday for our public webinar on how to break into customer success roles with Customer Success Leader & JobStep Coach, Ty Raia.  Ty Raia is a long-time customer success leader who transitioned

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Pay It Forward Fellowship by JobStep

Announcing JobStep’s Pay It Forward Fellowship! JobStep’s mission is to break down barriers into tech and expand access to the opportunity and wealth that those careers bring. Successful JobStep alums and supporters of our mission have helped us start a Pay it Forward Fellowship. Grateful for the mentorship, support, and help they’ve received in their

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Alexa Rivadeneira JobStep Job Coach

The Importance of Thank-You Notes

A simple thank-you note to your job interviewers is an easy way to stand out from the crowd of applicants. With a thank-you note, you prove to an employer that you’re truly excited about the role. You give hiring managers one more proof-point that you’re professional and that you would be a positive addition to

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Remote Careers and How to Start One From Scratch

There are many opportunities right now for remote work, but the majority of these are temporary, contract, or freelance roles. While it’s certainly possible to build a career as a freelancer, especially for creative roles such as graphic design or audio/video production, the marketplace for freelance creatives is crowded.  You could end up spending most

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Why Am I Not Getting Any Interviews?

During a good economy, the average job seeker gets about 1 interview for every 10 applications. During a bad economy, that number went to about 1 interview for every 20 or 25 applications. (We know because we apply to jobs for our job seekers and have tracked response rates before and after lockdown!). By why

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Do I Need a College Degree to Get a Job in Tech?

No. You don’t NEED a college degree to get a job in tech. Does a college degree help? Yes. Let’s unpack this: At the end of the day, hiring managers want to know the answer to 3 questions. Question 1: How quickly can you learn everything you need to know to do this role well?

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How to Answer: “What Is Your Expected Salary?”

When employers ask “what is your expected salary?” or  “desired salary?” or “Minimum salary?” most of the time they’re trying to make sure that they have the salary budget to match your interests. Your goal is to put a range that gets you the most money while staying within their budget. Most employers have a

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Step by Step Guidelines: How to Negotiate Your Job Offer

Another JobStep jobseeker got an offer today! Woohoo! To help her prepare, we sent over a few salary negotiation guidelines and figured we’d share them with the world. Overview: Salary negotiations are collaborations, not conflicts. Aim to be gracious, polite, and grateful while also being confident and persuasive. Before you negotiate, figure out what your

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9 New Tools to Help You Get Work Now

From navigating unemployment, finding contract works, getting referrals, to networking — there’s a lot that goes into getting a job. These tools make it easier. 1. SYRG, an hourly scheduling software, has built a very simple tool to help you get unemployment benefits & find hourly work. https://get.uihelp.org/ Why we like it: If you’re an hourly worker, this

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You Can Overcome a Gap in Your Career

  20% of JobStep customers have a 6-month to 2-year gap in employment. They still get interviews and offers through the JobStep program.   Here’s how: Step 1: On your resume, show how you’ve used in-demand skills from freelance, volunteer work, or online classes. Employers do not care about gaps as long as you show

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The Problem with Networking and Fair Hiring Practices

The biggest source of unfair hiring is that the majority of job seekers will have to apply to 100+ jobs to get one offer. As a result, it will take them 4-10 months to get a new job. For the millions laid off from COVID, that is too long. Right now, the fastest way to

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5 Tips to Get Interviews Faster

The average job search takes 5 months. During the last recession, it took 10 months. As we all know, most of that time is spent submitting applications and waiting for interviews. My co-founder and I launched JobStep to get job seekers into better jobs faster. Here’s JobStep’s promise: We guarantee job seekers get interviews for better-paying

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Finding a Job During a Pandemic: Venture for America

JobStep co-founders Eleanor Meegoda and Nikhil Deshmukh shared their thoughts on how to approach searching for a job during these unprecedented times with Venture for America, a fellowship for recent college graduates who want to become entrepreneurs. Here is a snapshot of their advice: Be on the lookout, take it easy, and get creative. Set

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