Let’s have our first of many JAM Sessions on the SYCK Podcast. Today’s JAM Session, short for Job Acquisition Method, is about how to land a great job at the world’s best tech companies. I’m talking through your burning questions and frustrations about how to get your foot in the door when you’re not technical or don’t have the right network connections. Get a better idea of what tech companies are looking for and hear actionable, insightful advice that you can start using immediately to accelerate your career!
In This Episode:
[02:03] What do big tech companies look for in a candidate to hire them?
[03:52] Do I need to invest in an MBA or CS degree?
[05:45] Thoughts on investing and learning niche areas like cloud computing, cyber security, and data science
[06:45] The game plan for a non-technical person who wants to get into big tech
[8:00] What non-technical roles in big tech pay the most?
What do big tech companies look for in a candidate to hire them? Relevant titles and experience, company name recognition, progression/promotions, quantifiable impact, and a strong educational background.
You don’t have to have to invest in niche tech areas or have an MBA to get hired at a leading tech company. Look at what you're strong at and leverage that strength to get into the company. Then let those companies pay you to learn specific skills.
Two thirds of roles at tech companies are non-technical. The best way for a non-technical person who wants to get into a top tech company is to build an authentic network of people within those companies.
Alan empowers people to confidently land high-paying jobs at the world’s best tech companies. He spent the first chapter of his life building his resume at companies like Google, Facebook (now Meta), Salesforce, and American Express. Alan has achieved his success by employing a growth mindset, persevering through numerous setbacks, and building long-lasting relationships; all sprinkled with a healthy dose of privilege and luck.
Alan’s next chapter is dedicated to his eulogy. He strives to leverage his successes, wisdom, and experience to level the playing field for all candidates and employees.
Inspired by Ibram X. Kendi, David Brooks, Tim Ferriss, Brené Brown, his local synagogue, his amazing wife, and countless friends and family, Alan founded Kadima in July 2020. Kadima, which means “forward” in Hebrew, is on a mission to accelerate 1 million careers.
His mission is to grow and develop people. He is a hiring manager professional with extensive recruiting knowledge through reviewing over 10k resumes, interviewing thousands, hiring hundreds, and promoting dozens. In his 34-year career, Alan has worked for 21 different companies, including Google, Facebook, Salesforce, American Express, UBS, the New York Mets and the Toronto Blue Jays. He has had 35 different bosses, 29 different jobs, and has interviewed more than 2,000 candidates. As a candidate himself, Alan has interviewed thousands of times for hundreds of jobs, receiving dozens of offers.
Born in Long Island to loving parents, Alan was a first-generation college student. He is thankful that his parents were able to support him going to college and graduating without any student debt. After graduating from Binghamton University with honors, Alan got into a prestigious program for a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a full ride. After a semester, Alan withdrew to make his first career transition into finance. Alan is now on his sixth distinct career and has become an expert on career pivots.
Alan is very appreciative of his upbringing because it has given him a passion for giving back and supporting others as his family, friends, and colleagues did for him. Alan is dedicated to growing and developing people and is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion inside and outside of the workplace.