Consulting to product companies

New JqHC42
Jun 24 6 Comments

I was hoping someone can give me some career advice. I have been working in public sector consulting for the past 12 years now. I started my career as a business/systems analyst and have been doing project/program management for the past 5-7 years now. My company manages large scale IT systems for the State of CA. I have also managed some medium scale projects - so have program management experience, too. I might have to move to the Bay Area or Seattle in the next few months (family reasons) and have been looking at jobs at large technology companies there (FB, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Uber etc.). There are not too many public sector opportunities there and I have been wondering how my consulting experience can align with the work these companies are doing.

The project management at these companies is more oriented towards product management. Has someone here worked in consulting and made a switch to these companies in the past? I am hoping I could leverage their experience/knowledge and gain some insight into how to target those jobs. Any advice you could provide would be much appreciated. Thank you.

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  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    Same shit. I did both. The adjustment is seamless. You can go back and forth like nothing. It’s like swimming in open water vs pool, yes there are differences but they are trivial
    Jun 24 5
    • New JqHC42
      OP
      Cheers. Any recommendations on how to network and reach out to recruiters? I am not too familiar with how the hiring in these companies work and what their ethos are.
      Jun 24
    • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
      We’re the product company and I didn’t notice any difference in hiring from consulting shops. You apply to open positions, then ask your LinkedIn connections to refer you directly to a hiring managers to bypass hr and recruitment
      Jun 24
    • New JqHC42
      OP
      I don't know too many people in core-tech companies, so not able to find too many referrals. Trying to do it the old fashioned way, but it is not going any where. :|
      Jun 24
    • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
      It’s not because you were in consulting. It’s just the way it is. Unemployment is low but high paying jobs always are in high demand among job seekers. You’re probably applying to evil liberal monopolies. There are thousands of tech product companies outside that little rotten circle 😁
      Jun 24
    • New JqHC42
      OP
      Yeah, that is fair. Trying to network and talk to people like crazy and see how it goes.

      Till I started doing this, I did not know I am good at cold calling/emailing. :P
      Jun 24

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