How to land your first tech job

A series of mini presentations to help people looking to land their first job in technology

14 October 2021
6:00 am - 7:30 am

About this webinar

Getting your foot in the door of the competitive technology industry isn't easy. That's why we have put together a series of presentations to share some useful tips to help you make a great first impression and give yourself the best chance to shine.


  • Hayley Hewitt - People Experience Manager
  • Emma Evans - People and Culture Advisor
  • Rick Measham - Lead Developer
  • Chris D'Aloisio - Head of Technology
  • Lincoln Le - Senior Developer
  • Jimit Rajani - Developer
  • Elly Loel - Developer
  • Hosted by Debra Cupitt - Developer

What we'll cover

This is an hour and a half long webinar where we will cover the common aspects of the recruitment process for a technology company, and how you can prepare for them and tackle them with confidence.

At Portable we have a pretty thorough hiring process to ensure that each person we hire is an excellent match for us, and us for them. We'll cover the following topics:

  • Cover letters and making a great first impression
  • Job interview techniques
  • The code test and pair programming
  • Psychometric testing
  • Stories from people who have been through the process

About our speakers

Hayley is the first point of contact for most people who apply for a job at Portable. She is Portable's People Experience Manager and does the initial reviews of people's applications including their resumes and cover letters, and conducts the first interview with applicants.

Emma is a People and Culture Advisor at Portable and is involved in refining Portable recruitment processes, as well as interviewing applicants.

Rick is a Lead developer at Portable and is involved in reviewing applications for Technology positions, as well as conducting code tests and interviews.

Chris is the Head of Technology at Portable and assists with these things too, as well as conducting senior leadership team interviews.

Lincoln, Jimit and Elly are developers in the technology team and joined the team in the past 6 months. They will be sharing their experience from the applicant's perspective and what they learned during the recruitment process. Deb is a developer at Portable too and she will be hosting the event.

Who's it for?

This session is designed for the following audience:

  • Developers and technologists looking to land their first, or a new, job in the technology sector
  • Job seekers looking for agency work - there will be many general tips and insights that will be useful in helping you to understand recruitment and interview processes, and how to avoid common mistakes.

Webinar details

14th October, 2021 5pm - 6:30pm AEST

A link to join the webinar will be provided to registered participants via email on 14th October, 2021.

After the 75 minute presentation, attendees will be invited to stay for a Q&A session with the panellists for up to 15 mins, and a recording of the webinar will be distributed to all registered participants in the days after the event.

What if I can't make it?

You're in luck. This webinar will be recorded and published as a video on the Portable website at a later date.

If you cannot make Thursday's event but would like to know when this video goes live you can register for the 'Send me the video' option in the registration section.

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Connect with us

Rick Measham
Rick would love to connect on LinkedIn with anyone wanting their first tech job. He is always happy to chat and provide advice and feedback, or just celebrate when you post your first job update.
Or follow his random thoughts on Twitter:

Elly Loel
Elly is all around the interwebs if you want to reach out to her.
Connect with her on LinkedIn to get some quick tips or celebrate landing your first job!
She’s also on Twitter where she shares her “best” ideas

Deb Cupitt
Deb would love to connect on LinkedIn with anyone looking to get into tech job.

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