The most important thing to pay attention to here, is the data. If you are continually putting out applications and getting rejected, it means you’re DOING SOMETHING WRONG.
I don’t necessarily know what that could be, just on the surface without more information. Maybe there’s something wrong with the language on your resume. Maybe your linkedin profile isn’t up to date.
Here are some reasons why you may feel that your efforts aren’t going anywhere:
You’re simply not applying to enough companies.
Kate Turchin, a young woman that recently broke into tech and landed her dream job told us on our podcast that she reached out to over 40 companies before she narrowed it down to the right tech opportunity. There is definitely nothing easy about that! She applied to job descriptions AND reached out to hiring managers directly, doing everything she could to stand out from the millions of job applications that are floating around the internet. Are YOU doing EVERYTHING you can in this regard? Look at your situation more closely and create a system that works for you.. Perhaps there is more you can do!
Your resume is too long.
Believe it or not, if you play your cards right, resumes shouldn’t matter as much, if at all. My personal belief is that resumes are an archaic way of vetting candidates. But that’s a whole other conversation we need to have another time. The general rule of thumb is that you should have 1 page for every 10 years of work experience. For entry level positions, you should only have ONE PAGE. Regardless of your other experience. The last thing you want is someone to make assumptions about your qualifications before you have a chance to defend yourself.
Do you HAVE to work at Google right now?
What I mean by that is, some companies may not be the right fit at first. Have patience; there are many chances to work at Apple, or Amazon, and these giants aren’t disappearing tomorrow. Why not try a startup? Sometimes changing the type/size of a company or industry can create new opportunities! Maybe there is a smaller company or startup willing to take on the risk of someone with less experience and willing to teach you skills that you can use to get into your dream job at Google. Also startup experience is valuable; there are many things you can learn to accelerate your career path at a small company.
For those straight outta school (Younger crowd here.. High school or college.. Or you just want to change it up!!): Internship, internship, internship. And/or work for free. I highly recommend this. I’ll give you a few examples:
- Let’s say you have someone who wants to learn the ends and outs of the Real estate industry and become a high paid real estate agent. Why not search the web? Find a public list of the top real estate brokers. Reach out to each one (usually realtors contact information is very public) and offer to be their assistant. Think of all the golden nuggets you would learn in that opportunity during that short time. That information is priceless. When you’re able to start on your own, you would accelerate past everyone else who is just starting out as an agent.
- Apply the same logic to tech. Many startup companies consulting conglomerates and fortune 500 companies offer paid and unpaid internships. You don’t know until you ask! These can be an easy ‘foot in the door’ to your future tech career. And if you do well in the internship, if there are open positions, usually you are immediately considered.