In the past five years, the Austin job market has blossomed across the board. The 2014 Census states that areas like education, healthcare, and tech have all seen massive gains in job growth. Companies like HipChat and Box have relocated to Austin to recruit talent and support the city’s growth. At Rocksauce Studios, we’ve even had several talented individuals be willing to relocate to Austin.
After all, it does rank sixth among the 25 best cities for jobs—not to mention its significantly lower cost of living compared to its friends in the top five spots. Plus, Glassdoor touts over 30,000 jobs available today in the Austin area
But ample opportunity doesn’t always guarantee success. In Austin, especially, you still have to navigate the market, not only finding the right position in the right location, but also portraying yourself as a candidate who matches up with the creative, philanthropic culture of the city. With these tips, you can create a map that’s more likely to lead you where you belong.
1. Get out your compass.
Austin’s wealth of high-quality businesses across countless industries can be both a blessing and a curse for the uncertain job seeker. Amid the city’s many co-working spaces and other companies in close proximity, it’s easy to get turned around during your search. The key is to find the role that you love or the industry that you’re most passionate about helping grow. If you have one or both of these, it’s easier to start your search.
In Austin, there are several resources to help you develop and hone your skills, like Galvanize and WeWork. You can also find high-quality job opportunities on sites like Glassdoor, Built In Austin, and Facebook’s Austin Digital Jobs. Reach out to any or all of these helpful communities to link arms with a navigator that will point you in the right direction.
[Related: 25 Best Paying Jobs for Software Engineers]
2. Don’t hide your tracks.
Both Austin’s businesses and its government place high-value on ethics and integrity. Once you get your foot in the door at a company, make it a rule to be completely honest. Most companies don’t have time for people who inflate their skill sets. They want individuals who are really good at what they say they can do.
While it may seem smart to artificially inflate yourself into the optimum candidate for a position, it can cause a serious blow to your reputation if you’re found out. It’s better to be honest upfront about any limitations you may possess but assert why you would still be an excellent choice for the position and the company.
3. Know your destination inside and out.
Research the company before your interview. What are its core values? What is the team culture like? It’s important to know you can fit in because the Austin job market is highly culture-focused. Google the company’s name, and peruse what you find, such as news about product developments, recent hiring spikes, financial problems, or other news that indicates what type of company you’re walking into.
4. Question the path.
Specifically, ask questions that show your interest beyond your role in the company. For example, 78 percent of Austin businesses build opportunities for philanthropy into their budgets, making these major passion projects within the team. Asking about tidbits like these during the interview will show that you’re focused on the bigger picture, which is more appealing to a future employer than staying focused on and siloed in your specific role or department.
Austin is known for its sense of community and lives up to its ranking as one of the top cities for employment opportunities. You’re in the right place. Now, you just need to go out there and find the job that’s right for you!
Michael Manning, chief relationship officer at Rocksauce Studios, joined the team to bring her considerable marketing, analytical, and relationship skills to the team. As chief relationship officer, she leads the charge on invigorating the company’s loyalty, happiness, and customer engagement from within.