How to Enter an Industry as a Tech Leader Where you are NOT a Domain Expert

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May 8, 2024

Getting a new job in today’s labor market is challenging, especially for senior tech leaders exploring new domains. New technologies have emerged, making it harder for job applicants to prove their skills. How do you transition to a new industry as a tech leader without domain expertise?

Today’s guest, Kevin Lupowitz, is a seasoned tech leader with over 20 years of experience. He shares his story of transitioning from financial technology to a pivotal role as the head of technology at CLEAR, a global biometrics security company, without prior experience.

How did he do it? Kevin learned the importance of demonstrating impact in previous roles, leveraging adjacent skills, and the willingness to learn. He also emphasizes the crucial role of adapting to new technologies, building trust and maintaining it through achieving milestone goals, and clear communication with hiring managers.

So, if you are ready for the big switch, tune in to learn how best to present yourself in job applications and the value of being open to new domains in today's challenging labor market.

"One thing I would encourage people to do is be more open-minded if they're looking for new opportunities. It's okay to look for opportunities outside of your kind of historical domain that you've been operating in. " ~ Kevin Lupowitz.

In This Episode:

  • Kevin's journey from fintech to Clear's tech leader
  • Leveraging lack of domain expertise as an asset
  • The surprises and challenges of a tech transition
  • Adapting to the evolving labor market: Insights for tech leaders
  • Tips for hiring and being hired in tech

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