Hey guys, sorry if this isn't appropriate, but I've been applying for jobs for almost a year now and having kind of a rough go of it. Was wondering if anyone had any new grad referrals they were willing to give out?
I thought it would be enough to have an internship on my resume, but I guess not. Living at my parents' place will probably drive me insane soon. All I want to do is work on an actual product while generating income lol.
All my friends, some worse coders than me, have landed good, high-paying jobs and I'm out here being a bum. Kind of frustrating. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
edit: resume screenshot now attached
Some suggestions for consideration:
1) Get a cash stream. Even if it's not your dream job. Even if it's not a dev role. If your dream is to someday work at Apple, get a job at an Apple store. If your dream is to someday work at Amazon, get a job at an Amazon fufillment center. It will show that you have determination, build grit, and help you understand business from a different perspective. When I'm hiring, I love candidates who aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves and do whatever needs to get done, even if it's not always the flashy or exciting stuff.
2) Keep on doing more projects that showcase your skills. Consider finding a nonprofit in your local area that could use your help, and reach out to them to pitch a volunteer project based on what you think you could do to help them. Consider reaching out to local small businesses to do the same. Approach these projects the same way that you would approach any job. This will demonstrate initiative and leadership, and will also help to keep you growing.
3) Reframe everything on your resume to emphasize BUSINESS IMPACT over ACTION. For example, the first bullet point under The Trade Desk could be rewritten as: "Improved production testing efficiency by [x%] by developing [add project details here]"
4) Stop spending so much time on cold applications, and start spending more time networking. Reach out to all your former classmates who have jobs. Reach out to your alumni network. Attend tech meetups and professional networking opportunities. Talk to people even if they are not actively hiring. Talk to people to learn more about their companies and their jobs. Ask them for their advice. Ask if they know anyone else who would be a good person for you to talk to.
5) Nit pick: take the damn arrow bullet formatting off your resume. It looks like Wingdings from 1995. Change the font to sans serif.
GOOD LUCK and don't give up! It will work out for you sooner or later.