What should you add to your tech stack?

Updated over a week ago

What exactly is a tech stack?

A tech stack is a collection of common business software that you have a familiarity with.

Why are tech stacks important?

When hiring managers scan your profile while evaluating you for a job opening, one of the key things they look for is whether or not you'd be a good fit for the specific position they are hiring for. They evaluate this by looking at your work experience and your tech stack. If you know the tools their company uses (or similar tools), you are much more likely to get an interview. Tech stacks also signal the ability to learn complex software, which is equally important.

Why give proof?

Anyone can say anything on the internet. Hiring managers want you to show proof that you actually know how to use the tools on your profile. They do actually click on them to verify you know what you claim.

What works as proof?

Proof can be one of two things:

Blog post

Explain how you've used the tool in the past or what resources you used to learn this tool. Make sure to include tips and tricks you've learned. Examples of practical applications of the tool are always helpful, too.

Screenshare video

Using screen recording software like Loom, record a ~5 minute video where you show how you use the tool.


What tools should I add?

Depends on which role you are trying to land. Here are some ideas:

Marketing

There are four main classes of marketing tools you should be familiar with when applying for a marketing role:

Marketing Automation Software

Email Tools

Advertising

Analytics

Your tech stack should include one tool from each of these categories.

Sales

There are three main classes of sales tools you should be familiar with when applying for a sales role:

Prospecting tools—they help you find new leads to contact:

Outreach/engagement tools—they help you automate and track cold email outreach:

Customer relationship managers—they help you track leads, contacts, and deals you’ve made:

Your tech stack should include one tool from each of these categories.

Customer success

There are two types of tools you should be familiar with when applying for a customer service role:

Helpdesk software

Customer Engagement

Customer Relationship Managers

Pick one tool from each of these categories and add it to your tech stack.

Operations

Every operations role is different, but all of them have similar needs: you need to be able to work with data, customer databases, and connect multiple systems together to pass data back and forth. Here are the three tools we recommend including in your tech stack for an operations role:

Design

Here are the top design tools used in the industry. Pick three of these to feature on your profile and then pick one not on this list that you use to do your work.

Software engineering

In software engineering, your tech stack is the set of languages and tools you use.

If you are trying to land a job in software development, even a junior role requires that you come in with a strong demonstrable skillset. We recommend that your tech stack on your profile includes:

  • One to two languages you know with links to your GitHub repositories where you use that language
  • Your Build or continuous integration tools of choice with links to blog posts or videos where you explain how you use them
  • Your issue tracking software of choice (Github Issues, Jira, etc) with a link to a blog post or video where you explain how you use it


I don't know any of these tools, what do I do?

We recommended the tools above because we went out and asked hiring managers and they want to see those tools in your tech stack. You can skip these, but your profile won't be nearly as strong without them. We recommend you spend some time learning these tools to make your profile as strong as possible. For the time being, you can add other tools you know while you learn the recommended stack.

Also, here's how to learn any tool you want to add to your tech stack.

Can I add other tools?

Yes, no problem! If you know other tools as well, you can add those to your profile, too. Before you do, make sure you ask yourself these questions:

  1. Is this tool relevant to the kinds of jobs I’m trying to land an interview for?
  2. My Tech Stack section has limited space. Is this one of the best tools to showcase, or is there a better one I should include?

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