|Hey all. Long-time lurker, first-time caller.|
I've been interested in tech all my life, from sticking nickels and pennies in my parent's Apple ][e disk drive to installing Mandrake Linux on my dad's old desktop which I bought for $300. I've learned HTML/CSS and worked as a university lab manager for a research program where I learned Fortran, C++, and Perl.
Despite this interest in tech--or, rather, because of it--I decided to go in a different direction in college and learn something else. I majored in civil engineering when jobs were plenty and when I thought I might want to become a university professor. After several research projects and two undergraduate publications, I decided against academia, and now that I've finished my degree, the civil engineering job market sucks.
So, I have some skills in engineering project and process management, know a lot about general tech stuff, have some experience in Linux server administration, and some experience with programming languages. I think one of my unique skills is an ability to mediate between business/non-technical people and engineers to communicate both business and technical requirements, but I really have no idea how to communicate that on a resume, nevermind my lack of direct experience in the field.
So how do I land a job in tech? I think I have a lot to offer, and I'm definitely willing to learn more for an entry-level position, but I don't know how to present myself. I have no idea what positions I should be applying to, or what companies would be willing to take a chance on me. (I just don't know the job market.) I generally do well in interviews when I get them, but with how competitive every job opportunity is these days, I need all the help I can get, especially getting past the first "resume read" cut.