Are You a Software Professional? These Job Sites Are for You

Author: Gauri Bhatia, Career Advice

So, like many millennials, you studied computer science or a similar field in college…or you took computer classes to expand your skill set…or you are just really innately good at navigating the technological world we live in!

You don’t necessarily need to have the first two backgrounds to find a job in the technological world. I work for a software company and yet, I have no official computer science or coding background. I have learned everything I need to know for work while on the job.

So, here are some websites with software and computer jobs to help you look for those dream jobs (whether “for now” or “forever”)!

General job search sites that include software jobs:

Glassdoorglassdoor

Glassdoor includes employee reviews, salary tools, etc. as well as job postings.
Software job listings: 400,000-plus

 

Indeedindeed Also featured in our list of Twitter accounts to follow, Indeed has over 100,000 jobs with new ones being posted every day! There is also an option to upload your resume and get emails with matching jobs.
Software job listings: 180,ooo-plus

 

Monstermonster

Monster has an excellent section with career advice, in addition to the regular job searching tools.
Software job listings: 1,000-plus

 

LinkedIn!linkedin

It’s not just for those with jobs already — software or otherwise. It provides wonderful networking opportunities and job listings.
Software job listings: 390,000-plus

 

Local college bulletin boards
These can be physical or electronic. The software company I work for frequently posts openings to local boards.

 

The sites above list software jobs that aren’t as centered on formal computer skills, such as marketing, analysis (like what I do!), sales, etc.

The following sites are more startup and IT centric:

Dice.comdice

Dice has contract and permanent IT jobs. Over 80,000 of them at the moment!

 

Crunchboard.com
tech crunch

Crunchboard has IT, startup and engineering jobs. They are the leading authority on startup culture. Pretty exciting!

 

TechCareers.comtech crunch TechCareers is the most technical skills-heavy site on this list. They have lots of great jobs to browse and apply for.

 

I hope that this information helps you get that job you are looking for. For more information on tech jobs you can get without a degree, check out this article from Forbes.

Good luck!

What it’s Really Like to Work for a Software Company

Author: Gauri Bhatia, Career Advice

Let me start this off by telling you this: my job is “intellectually stimulating, but socially mundane.” It means that the work itself is interesting enough to keep me from taking-eight hour naps daily, but doesn’t provide a lot of excitement.

Just to clarify, I am not a developer, programmer, software engineer, or an otherwise tech-savvy nerd. I am a Business Analyst and Quality Assurance Analyst for a small software company, which basically means I listen to what clients want in softwares and communicate that to the people who actually know how to build it: i.e. developers.

The positives
Job security, of course. I would have a job even if all the computers in the world decided to revolt and overtake the human race, since I would be the one making sure those computers had the capability to express said plans out loud. Another plus point is that sometimes the work is seriously fun.

Through my work as a BA/QA, I have had the opportunity to make insurance policies for Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Jimi Hendrix and Betty Boop on several occasions, and have been able to invent things like “Ferrari Golf Carts” in order to test enhancements of these softwares.

The not so positives
The work we do in software companies is never consistent, especially if it’s done well. For example, we can collect requirements from the client (meaning we did our part of the job correctly) and not hear back with confirmation for a month or more. And then suddenly, when the confirmation comes through, we have to work around the clock (sometimes literally) to get the next phase of the project completed on time.

While wildly exciting and thrilling, this crazy work schedule can definitely take a toll on one’s mental and physical strength. Another downside (which I prefer to think of as a learning opportunity) is that there is really no formal training.

There is not a lot of software learning to be done to become a BA/QA. Most of it involves just “playing around” with the applications, reading whatever manuals you can find and even some furtive use of Google.

The good thing is that as a BA/QA, you don’t have access to the mainframe or really anything to mess up, so you can’t get into trouble. And it can be kind of fun to just “play around,” so maybe this isn’t really a downside…

The takeaways
What are the takeaways for those of you searching for jobs in the “real world?” Software companies are great places to work! The benefits are numerous, the pay is quite good and the only real requirement is knowing how to use a computer! I am pretty sure that as millennials (and digital natives), you already know how to do that.

Also, if the above description excites you, we are hiring, so just get in touch with me at info@notanothermillennial.com!