HW to SW pivot

Illumina ultrasound
Oct 11, 2018 7 Comments

Hey y'all,
A 10 yr hardware dude pushing 40. Did a stint at one of the FAANG cos(they make a very popular ebook reader). Was put on pip, crashed out, thrashed around and now shoveling crap at my present place. Think I just burnt out and there is no going back.๐Ÿ˜‘. Couldn't code my way out of a brown bag before but been taking Coursera Python course and learning a lot and actually enjoying it. I find that solving codingbat and Rosetta code problems very cathartic!. Real question is does a guy like me with 10 years of irrelevant experience doing HW design even stand a chance at getting through the riggamarole of the coding interview. Reading up Skiena book. Planning to Leetcode the living daylight out of me. Even the Google recruiter I have been talking to has been very encouraging. But don't know if my resume will even make it past the resume tool. Not much if any work related projects just a GitHub portolio with some course related Python code. How do I hustle to get my resume at the hands of the hiring manager. Any tips anyone can offer me will be much appreciated.


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TOP 7 Comments
  • Google / Eng ;O ๐“‚บ
    I barely even read resumes when I interview candidates. A bunch of My coworkers studied bio. Youโ€™re fine. Just focus and be good at at least one thing.
    Oct 11, 2018 0
  • Google StringerB
    To be honest, someone with your background has a great chance of getting into Google. We love people with quirky and non-traditional backgrounds and as long as you can prove that you are smart during interviews, you are are in good shape. Good luck, man!
    Oct 11, 2018 3
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng exp(iฯ€)+1=
      How do you do that when they make you solve stupid leetcode puzzles?
      Oct 12, 2018
    • Google / Eng ;O ๐“‚บ
      Most questions I see arenโ€™t too puzzley. But they do have multiple possible answers.
      Oct 12, 2018
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng exp(iฯ€)+1=
      I'm just saying that it's not an assessment of intelligence, which is heard to measure anyways. It's more have you learned it before and have you put in the effort to learn this stuff. That's the quality they're targeting, the drive and initiative to learn something relatively complex and peform under some pressure. If we're honest. The work at any large Corp is going to be mostly grunt work, and Google doesn't need 10k Jeff deans and Yann lecuns running around fixing bugs. They want people who are grinders and yes maams. Just to reiterate, this isn't unique to Google it's just how it is at any big Corp.
      Oct 12, 2018
  • Illumina ultrasound
    That's what my friend at Google also told me. The irony is that I interviewed twice with Alphabet already. Once for a HW test role, once for a HW role with Waymo. Rejected both times. Apparently my reviews were good but never made it to HC. Thinking of interviewing in March - April timeframe. Just need to get my head in the game.
    Oct 11, 2018 1
    • Proofpoint / Eng foodturckj
      Waymo is a terrible place in general. Read the reviews on glassdoor that give a window into their culture.

      Try for Google's hardware team that work on various products. They have a variety of hardware positions open and you should br able to fit in there.
      Oct 11, 2018


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