Outreach & Networking
Below are both resources and outlined steps for taking on outreach and networking for your job search.
Research Your Contacts
- Start with LinkedIn
- Then, look for personal sites, blogs, Twitter, etc. to find out additional information
- Take time to read and understand who you’re contacting and analyzing what your ask is
- HINT: You’re not asking for a job
Craft a Message
- Introduce Yourself
- Why are you reaching out? Connect to research
- Suggest meeting times
- Start by searching the person’s GitHub!
- Email Hunter
- Find That Lead
- Find That Email
- Go Pin Leads
- Check the person’s GitHub profile or look for their personal website
Prepare for Coffee Meetings
- Using your research, prepare some questions to ask your contact
- Start here:
Networking Groups for Underrepresented People in Tech
- BeVisible is a career network for Latinx.
- Black Data Processing Associates is an international organization for Black professionals in tech.
- CodeNewbie is a community for newcomers to code.
- Diversify Tech is a community built to share upcoming conference scholarships, events, education scholarships, job opportunities, and more for people who are underrepresented in tech.
- Lesbians Who Tech is a career network for lesbians.
- MAES was founded in Los Angeles in 1974 to increase the number of Mexican Americans and other Hispanics in the technical and scientific fields.
- National Society of Black Engineers is one of the largest student-governed organizations with the aim to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers.
- Out in Tech is a community to connect LGBTQ+ in tech.
- TechLatino is an organization to empower Latino technological and scientific engagement.
- Tech Ladies is a community for women and non-binary folks. You have to apply to join, but once accepted, you’ll have access to jobs from partnering companies.
- Trans Tech Social Enterprises is an incubator for LGBTQ Talent with a focus on economically empowering transgender people.