Episode 6: Leveling Up Your Career

In this episode (our last!), we talk about different ways to level up your career with the support skills you’ve cultivated — whether it keeps you in the world of tech support or swings you over to a new department!

Show Notes

  • Introductions at 0:07
  • Last episode recap at 0:21
  • Today’s episode overview at 0:38

Advancing Your Career in Support – 0:53

  • Tips for direct reports and mentees at 1:00
  • Opinions about feedback at 3:25
  • What do you do with positive feedback when you get it at 7:25
  • Tracking your impact in an organization and recency bias at 8:44
  • Imposter syndrome and your accomplishments at 9:27
  • Refreshing your resume from your brag doc at 10:10
  • How can you make an impact to add to your brag doc at 10:44
  • Subject matter expertise (SME) in tech at 11:57
  • Staying informed by industry trends at 13:16
  • Tracks to explore as you think about growing your career at 14:29

Team Structure and Growth Paths – 14:45

  • Communicating career goals and curiosities to your manager at 18:58
  • Being Glue at 20:00
  • The leadership quality requirement at 21:17
  • Mentorship programs and learning new perspectives 21:55
  • It’s ok to realize you don’t want to go up the ladder at 23:12
  • Tracks of growth within your Support team at 25:26
  • The operational path: pros and cons, emotional labor of “glue” work at 26:55

Pivoting to Different Functions – 28:14

  • Customer Success at 29:00
  • Operations at 30:26
  • Marketing at 31:12
  • Onboarding and new customer education at 32:27
  • Product at 34:47
  • Engineering at 37:35
  • Technical writing and documentation at 39:05
  • Quality Assurance (QA) at 40:03
  • Wrap-up at 40:45
  • Request for feedback at 41:45
  • Outtakes at 42:00 (we say uh and um a LOT)

Other Things We Mentioned

Episode 4: Burnout

In this episode, we discuss a common challenge for those working in tech support: burnout. We explore how it happens, why it happens, and ways to fend it off.

Show Notes

  • Introductions at 0 mins
  • Last episode recap at 0:23 mins
  • Today’s episode overview at 0:31 mins
  • Let’s begin! What is Burnout? at 0:56 mins
  • Causes of Burnout at 2:13 mins
  • Self Care at 3:44 mins
  • Spend time outside of the queue. at 5:45 mins
  • Find what interests you; Support is variety at 7:47 mins
  • What does success look like for you? You are valuable! at 8:42 mins
  • The organization MATTERS at 9:47 mins
  • Not so obvious challenges in Support. (Who supports the Support folks?) at 11:45 mins
  • Escalation strategies when dealing with tough customers at 14:42 mins
  • Firing a customer at 16:35 mins
  • Positive feedback from customers at 17:41 mins
  • Does Support have a voice at your company? at 18:21 mins
  • HOW do you assess your needs and boundaries? at 19:44 mins
  • Camille’s tips to prevent burnout at 20:30 mins
  • Self care is what works for YOU at 22:40 mins
  • Support professionals and community at 23:46 mins
  • Nicole loves Support Driven ‘Aspire’ mentorship program at 25:10
  • Support Driven job board at 26:05 mins
  • Brianne’s experience with communities at 26:37 mins
  • Support-specific conferences at 28:28 mins
  • Wrap-up at 31:38 mins
  • HOMEWORK at 32:02 mins
  • Next episode sneak peak at 32:32 mins


Episode 3: Tools to Know

What tools do you need to know in order to not just do but excel at a support job? In this episode, we walk you through support tools, team communication tools, as well as best practices to get the most out of everything!

Show Notes

Introductions at 0 mins
Customer communication tools explained at 1:00
Productivity tools and tips at 6:55
Cross-functional tools at 16:08
– Brianne’s presentation Let’s Talk About Fast Brain, Executive Function, and Productivity
– The concept of “flow” described – https://www.additudemag.com/adhd-symptoms-hyperfocus-attention/
Homework at 23:57 – Sign up for Zendesk!

For all else, check out the Resource Library page!

Episode 2: Applying to and Interviewing for Support Roles

Show Notes
Introductions at 0 mins
Evaluating which jobs to apply to at 1:16 (Sample Job Description)
Resume tips at 5:11
Highlighting transferrable skills at 8:14
Cover letters at 9:00
Hiring manager’s perspective and tips at 10:00
Preparing for the interview process at 14:30
During the interview at 18:15
After the interview 22:06
Homework at 24:00 – Craft a winning resume and cover letter!Tell your story through a 1-2 page document showcasing your work history and accomplishments, citing specifics, and using keywords from the job description. Ask for feedback from friends and families. Do you see me in this resume? 

Resources

Episode 1:Pursuing A Career In Tech Support


Show Notes:

Introductions at 0 mins
Tech industry impact by Covid at 2:50
What skills are translatable at 4:08
Inclusion and growth at 4:55
Backgrounds and transitioning into tech at 5:55
Support channels and customer-facing departments at 7:21
Working with other departments at 8:43
Categories of companies at 13:12
Insights from a hiring manager at 14:56
Perks of online support as a career at 15:43
Getting started in online support at 20:42
Homework at 21:21

Homework:

Checkout the job listings here (In addition to the usual like LinkedIn, Indeed, etc.):
https://remotive.io/remote-jobs/customer-support
https://weworkremotely.com/categories/remote-customer-support-jobs#job-listings
www.supportdriven.com
https://peoplefirstjobs.com/jobs/customer-success-support
https://angel.co/
https://scouted.io/

What are some skills listed in the job descriptions that you feel apply to you? What are some examples of the experience you have utilizing those skills?

What industries interest you? Which of the jobs listed really spoke to you? Was it support, success, community mgmt.?

Make a list of everything that speaks to you and have it ready for episode 2!