Feeling hopeless and anxious.

Goldman Sachs / Eng Mr Satoshi
Jan 24 22 Comments

To start off, I joined Goldman right out of college (probably my biggest mistake) and allowed to be pigeonholed into front-end development (my second biggest mistake). Over time I grew to like FE dev but I totally neglected backend stuff. I've been doing this for close to 4 years now.

Now, that I pretty much need to escape my defunct team asap I can't seem to find a job in NYC. I've been applying for FE positions and some full stack ones and the response rate is low. Most prestigious companies want full stack and I guess I don't fit their requirements. I had some onsites with some good startups end of last year but ultimately got rejected. I do leetcode, I know vanilla JS, Angular 7 and Java, I got a CS degree from a top university, but none of this seem to matter. Is the market so competitive here in NYC or I'm just not impressive enough? At this point I just feel like I'll never make it. Just feel stuck in this mediocrity. Any advice or words of encouragement are appreciated.

TC: 140. YOE: 4.

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TOP 22 Comments
  • Microsoft zzxxxvg
    As long as you can write code, most of the companies don’t care about you working mostly as FE dev.
    Jan 24 1
    • Goldman Sachs / Eng Mr Satoshi
      OP
      That would make sense to me, but something seems wrong here since I'm not able to land a new job. I thought it'd be much easier in January... :(
      Jan 24
  • Amazon tintin!
    How are your communication skills?Many engineers neglect this while interviewing
    Jan 24 4
    • Goldman Sachs / Eng Mr Satoshi
      OP
      I'd say they're pretty good. I learned to be outgoing and keep conversation going.
      Jan 24
    • Goldman Sachs / Eng Mr Satoshi
      OP
      Also, can't even show my communication skills when not selected for interviews in the first place. LMAO.
      Jan 24
    • Amazon jacksap
      Ok consider moving to SF or Seattle.I had a tougher time myself getting noticed by east coast companies last year.I got a few offers but found it easier in the west coast.Also New York doesn’t have have many tech openings
      Jan 24
    • Goldman Sachs / Eng Mr Satoshi
      OP
      That's so weird considering people come to NYC for jobs. But it's reassuring to hear that I'm not the only one having a tough time.
      Jan 25
  • Microsoft afterall
    It looks east coast works very differently. I think you need to apply for west coast companies. Resume and past experience don’t matter in west coast (bay and seattle). Only leetcode style and some design questions. Contact the recruiters and ask about west coast positions. Contact all the tech companies you see in Blind.
    Jan 24 2
    • PyLadies iQea15
      I'm surprised past experience doesn't matter for companies in the bay since I heard quite a few of them have work history rounds in their on-site.
      Jan 24
    • Microsoft afterall
      I had been in west coast (Seattle) for over 7 years and interviewed 20+ in bay and Seattle. No one cares about my past experience though I had been working in hot area (big data and cloud). There is absolutely no work history session. All of the interviews focussed on coding then design. If I do well in those, I got an offer. If I spend too much time on explaining about how awesome my contribution was or cool project it was, that takes up more time in given interview time and fail it. All of my friends have similar experience where they spent 10+ mins about their work and regret doing it. West coast engineers don’t trust school, work history or even attitude sometimes. Half of the interviewers look like robots and they don’t even care much about thought process. All of these are less important than providing an optimal solution.
      Jan 24
  • Amazon notes
    PM me your resume removing as much sensitive detail as you choose. I’ll let you know if your resume is the problem.
    Jan 24 1
    • Goldman Sachs / Eng Mr Satoshi
      OP
      PMed you, thanks
      Jan 24
  • Jyve 01010
    NYC job hunting is painful in tech. Check out Denver and Austin or for all the jobs, SF.
    Jan 24 1
    • Goldman Sachs / Eng Mr Satoshi
      OP
      Funny enough I've been itching to check out those cities for a potential move next year
      Jan 24
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    • Goldman Sachs / Eng Mr Satoshi
      OP
      Good suggestion. Might as well do that. As for moving to California, no, I'd like to stay either on the east coast or move somewhere like Austin or Colorado.
      Jan 24
    • Goldman Sachs / Eng Mr Satoshi
      OP
      eooB85, any recommendations?
      Jan 24
    • Goldman Sachs / Eng Mr Satoshi
      OP
      Thanks for the suggestion. I'll try that.
      Jan 24
    • Goldman Sachs / Eng Mr Satoshi
      OP
      Will do. Thanks!
      Jan 24
  • Bank of America Quackers
    Sounds like you need a resume makeover
    Jan 24 1
    • Goldman Sachs / Eng Mr Satoshi
      OP
      Most likely one of the reasons
      Jan 24
  • Banking is still toxic and new england is heavily FIRE based so many in your situation.....take some risks...you arent ibanker at GS so you have nothing to lose.
    Jan 24 1
    • Goldman Sachs / Eng Mr Satoshi
      OP
      Sure, what kind of risks are you talking about?
      Jan 24

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