I believe just about anyone can work their way into a new career in the web industry in under a year. This resource aims to show you how with resources, guides, and inspiration.
I think just about anyone can self-train and find a full time, remote job in the web industry.
There is no magic amount of time or energy spent to accomplish this, but I think a general rule of thumb is that a motivated individual can work for three to twelve months learning about the web ecosystem and specific skills that can aid them. That's about how long it will take to learn what they need to find a new (or first time) web career.
There are many different types of jobs in the web industry. And too often, people think they need to be a developer to work in the industry. That couldn't be further from the truth! Many skill sets are valued, and recruiting for non-developer positions is often the most challenging hiring task a company faces.
Here are just some of the types of jobs web-centric companies have available:
- Developer: front end, back end, mobile, and much more
- Project management
- Product managers
- HR & people management
- Inbound and outbound sales
- Business development
- Marketing of many varieties: ads, SEO, content, growth
- Support and customer experience
The larger the company, the more diversified these positions get, with more elaborate teams within many of these categories.
Most of the positions you see here also exist outside of remote web companies, of course. And that's important to remember.
Most positions for a remote web company are not new, and your experience prior to your new career is important. It can be very beneficial to your future role — even if it's not at all in the same category!
If you have done sales but you want to be a developer, then your sales experience will likely make you a better communicator within your teams. It might help you better understand the pricing and cost dynamics for the project at hand. These are valuable, nuanced skills to bring to the table.
For any position, you need to take your cumulative skills, not just your past titles, and see how they can apply to the position you're seeking.
Training for a job within a web-based company
No matter your goal, most new jobs require training. Sometimes companies will train you after they hire you. For skill positions (like design or development) then you really need to be able to show off what you can do upfront.
For any position, you need an understanding of the industry. For people using this resource, that likely means an understanding of the WordPress and broader web ecosystems.
My goal with Hired is to help open your eyes and see the path to a job with a remote, web based company.
I don't care what someone's background is. If they are motivated, work hard, and determined to get a remote job working on the web, I think they can do it.
So let's go!
Resources to get hired
My aim with Hired is to provide resources — some exist already, and some I will create myself — to help you know where and how to study, train, and prepare for their next career.
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