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Breaking into Tech with a Non-Tech Resume?

Ever wondered how you might be able to break into the tech industry with a non-tech profile? We come across candidates pretty much every day, with different levels of experience, who all have one thing in common; an inner yearn to revolutionise their resumes in order to gain the upper hand in the race to tech. We have and still do get candidates like this all the time, candidates like Mark who recently sent us an e-mail asking how to break into tech. Mark, who pivoted from corporate finance into business development after doing an MBA, has a very formal and chronological type of resume, which states his duties and responsibilities in plain black Times New Roman text. Mark wants to know exactly what his chances of securing a job in tech are, so he could prepare forward for an interview process which might be improved through the use of lateral innovation to complement his profile.

Asking the Right Questions 

The first question Mark needs to ask is whether or not his immediate position h…
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A Word On Decentralising Your Search Processes

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