I've heard the success rate sending "cold applications" (directly applying through a company's website with no referral) is abysmally low.
I'm looking to make a move to one of the better tech companies, but with no contacts I had no other option than to send cold applications.
My experience has been pretty positive. So far I've heard back from Google, Airbnb, Twitter, Square, Dropbox and HubSpot. (Additionally, I didn't need to apply to Microsoft or Amazon since their recruiters reached out to me.)
I didn't hear back from Netflix, Facebook, LinkedIn, Apple, Uber, and Lyft.
My resume isn't standout IMO, (really) good GPA from an average university, about 4 YOE doing full stack development, and no open source work.
Getting an interview from 6/12 companies applied to doesn't seem like bad odds. I'm curious to know what experience others have had. Are referrals more important at certain companies, or maybe for certain higher roles?
Also if you have recommendations for other companies I should look into, let me know!
Recruiter did seem bemused, since I made the first move.