Help With Landing A Job To Start My Career?

Jun 4 38 Comments

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

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  • Microsoft 🗳️🦶🦶!
    Brutal honest answer: To me, this reads like the resume of a spoiled post-millenial who has very low internal motivation. It looks like you went through the motions and did some class projects while in school, and then have been sitting on the couch at home eating hot pockets for a year.

    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.
    Jun 4 7
    • OP
      Ah yeah, you're right, that is a bit insensitive. I should use a better choice of words.
      Jun 4
    • OP
      Also, now that I think about it, I have done a good bit of doordash in my downtime, but I guess I never considered that a job. Also not sure it's something I should stick on a resume.
      Jun 4
    • Microsoft 🗳️🦶🦶!
      Use the Doordash experience as relevant. So if you're applying for a dev job at Doordash, Uber Eats, etc, this will be a great talking point: "I really wanted to learn more about the user experience, so I decided to drive for 3 months, and what I learned was..."
      Jun 4
    • OP
      Oh, I actually hadn't considered that haha. Thanks for the suggestion. Somehow I doubt I make it past the screening process for those guys though :/
      Jun 4
    • Deloitte broadway74
      I couldn’t imagine not working. I started as an analyst 10 years ago at $13 an hour. Worked my way up...current tc $225k.

      Shitty jobs always have learning exp.. the $13 an hour job set a great foundation for my career and they paid for my masters.

      Career paths are not always straight forward, sometimes they wind around to get to where you want to go.
      Jun 5
  • Verizon / Eng ComTruis3
    Where do your rejections lie? Can’t get a call for interview? Phone screen? Onsite?
    Jun 4 3
    • OP
      Can't get a call for an interview. At first, when I was just trying to get another internship for some extra experience, I got like 5 interviews on ~300 applications. Did well on 4/5 technicals (solved with optimal complexity), explained big O and such, and they did not pan out for reasons I could not figure out. Decided to say screw internships and now ~50 applications into full time it's all just flat out rejections.
      Jun 4
    • Verizon / Eng ComTruis3
      Definitely polish your resume. Even look into hiring one of the resume polishing services, it’s not much around $50-$100. I had the same problem a long time ago, a friend helped polish. Helped HUGE. Keywords are important. Template matters a lot since most use scanning bots these days, you most likely end up to the bottom or not parsed at all.
      Jun 4
    • OP
      Hm, maybe something I should look into at this point. I didn't think it was an issue since it looks pretty clean to me, but I didn't consider parsers and keywords and other lame methods of filtration. Will keep this in mind, thanks.
      Jun 4
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    • OP
      Lmao I wish
      Jun 4
    • OP
      Oh yeah I suppose that's not too important. Will think about what else I could stick in with the extra space. Maybe I'll start another project
      Jun 4
  • Facebook ⭕w⭕
    Post your resume here so we can ruthlessly criticize it, and maybe you might get some referrals.
    Jun 4 1
    • OP
      Posted, sorry for delay
      Jun 4
  • Intuit MfSn07
    What are you doing currently to both get yourself out there, and build/showcase your skills?
    Jun 4 1
    • OP
      I've just been applying for the past year. At first I wanted another internship to gain a little more experience before getting out there and sent out like ~300 applications with no dice. Got like 5 interviews, did well on 4 of the technicals and none panned out. Was in a rut for a while and about a month ago decided to say screw it and try full time, no luck so far with ~50 applications there. The irony is my first internship prior was landed within like 5 applications lmao
      Jun 4
  • New / Eng pipiper
    I would move 'skills' under 'Projects'
    Jun 4 0
  • Indeed *NDEED
    What did you actually do in your internship? Right now it just sounds like you “worked in c# on a team.” Be more specific on your contribution and impact.
    Jun 4 5
    • OP
      It was pretty mundane work, was just kind of modularizing some 7k line test function to make it more customizable
      Jun 4
    • Indeed *NDEED
      That’s better than nothing. You could say something “refactored and modularized a 7000 line code base in line with OOP best practices resulting in x% improvement in test coverage [or some other metric] and improved reusability. Right now that first bullet is confusing and a run-on.

      I’d try to replace the second bullet with something stronger. Stuff like “gained experience in,” “contributed to” and “assisted with” are weak.
      Jun 4
    • OP
      Great advice, thanks. Will be making some changes, although I'm really not sure about the impact since the project was scrapped towards the end for some reason lmao
      Jun 4
    • Intel D’s🥜
      Right now, I could take a look at your resume and wonder...if they “didn’t do anything” at the internship, why would they do something here?

      Write down what you coded even if it was scrapped.
      Jun 5
    • OP
      Will do. Thanks for advice.
      Jun 5
  • You need a referral and Leetcode (target 200).

    Your background is solid to get a junior role imo.
    Jun 4 2
    • OP
      Yeah, might as well hit leetcode with all my spare time as well. I've got a pretty high hackerrank practice score, but leetcode seems to be effective for people as well. How do you recommend going about it, just hitting 200 random questions?
      Jun 4
    • It depends. I did by topic.
      Jun 4
  • Intel JFOr15
    State the impact on the projects that you’ve worked on. Like “saved 70% of time in production testing” something on those lines. Move Professional experience above skills. Add more relevant points in that. Like size of code base. Daily checkins and things like that
    Jun 4 1
    • OP
      Yeah, starting to think my internship description has not been to my benefit. Thanks.
      Jun 5
  • Deloitte broadway74
    Make sure bullets start with an a verb...developed, created, etc.. you need to spin what you actually did into a good story. What improvement did you make? What are the benefits of the work?

    Also what level roles are you applying to? My hunch is they are above your years of experience
    Jun 4 1
    • OP
      I'm honestly applying to everything in sight, without discretion, so there's probably something there. Still though, I feel like this process shouldn't suck *this* much. My friends are all chillin
      Jun 4
  • Salesforce HtNQ72
    Trade Desk stock is just going up. Did you approach Trade desk for a full time position after your internship?
    Jun 5 1
    • OP
      Nah, was not interested in continuing there. The product is sick though and I definitely believe in their success. Buy buy buy.
      Jun 5
  • I do t get it you should have been able to get recruited out of UCI what happened did you skip every career event.
    Jun 4 1
    • OP
      Actually did get that internship at career fair and after that ended I moved back to norcal
      Jun 4
  • AAA cowbabe
    Where are you applying? Irvine and Orange County in general is a tough market for new grads.
    Jun 4 1
    • OP
      All over, idc really about location. Most applications scattered around California, some across US. Very few if any applications in OC, though
      Jun 4

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