How do you manage to get interview calls?

Mar 28 27 Comments

My friends referred me for a few companies but I never received an interview call. The only time I managed to get a call was
1. when my friend shared a good connection with the hiring manager and handed over my resume directly to him, or
2. when one recruiter was kind enough to schedule an interview when I reached out to him on LinkedIn.

Apart from that, it's mostly a dry season. It has been several months since I have been applying to jobs. I got referrals at Apple, Google, Microsoft, PayPal, Roku but no interview calls :( . I pinged a few recruiters on LinkedIn but they rarely respond.

I don't think my resume is too bad. But I may be wrong. Can anyone let me know what keywords to include in the resume, or anything else that I can do to get more calls? Would it help if I mention my location as SF on my resume (I am currently not in any of the tech cities)?

This is for data scientist position.

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    • CenturyLink OsOpOrAaT
      Dude, don’t be so down. Schools don’t do shit, it’s you. Most top folks did it on their own, company or school name might add some weigh but if you really wanna be somewhere then work yourself up. Educate yourself. If you can show you’re competent, school or company name doesn’t matter.
      Mar 28
    • Nvidia bdei51
      GitHub projects or online coding competitions may also help early in career
      Mar 28
    • OP
      @CenturyLink how do I show my competence?
      Mar 28
    • PayPal asdfghjkli
      Don't lose your hope. Good schools can get you calls easily but securing the job and sustaining needs talent and skills. If you are skilled you will do well. As for getting calls do cold call recruiters and managers in linked in, attend hackathons and meet ups. You will build connections and from there you can make progress with your job search. Good luck.
      Mar 28
    • CenturyLink OsOpOrAaT
      OP, pick a field you wanna explore your career in. Let’s say you like web development, then as PayPal said, try to build connections with folks who already have that knowledge using meets ups. Explore more in that area, work on a project, learn more about the field. Once you have that knowledge, update your LinkedIn and maintain your github. Before you realize recs from top tier companies will start calling you.

      The whole idea for recs is they like to move forward with candidates who they feel could crack the interviews. Either they see that you’re from top tier school which means to them you’re good. Else they see if you’ve enough relevant experience and expertise, again this shows them you can crack the interview.
      Mar 29
  • Oath newJoine
    Everybody goes through this experience
    Mar 28 1
    • OP
      For how long? And what's the solution?
      Mar 28
  • Google / Eng lavie
    When I started looking out for job, got only one call in first month. After that, updated linkedin profile summary, added more relevant skills. Tried to updated LinkedIn profile once a day so that it might appear at top when searched by recruiters. Also, applied on compnies websites.
    Mar 28 2
    • OP
      Company website 🙄 I can't get calls after a few referrals, not sure if company websites would fetch me calls.
      Mar 28
    • Adobe t3:
      This part about updating the LinkedIn profile regularly is important. It goes back to the days of monster.com, but this thing still works
      Mar 28
  • HP / IT SphF25
    yoe? How far do you live from SF? Both are factors.
    Mar 29 1
    • OP
      I stay in Philadelphia. 5 yoe.
      Mar 29
  • Wells Fargo hsLy13
    Get LinkedIn Premium and have the career interests open for new opportunities. Set a job alert and reach out to recruiters. I have seen success atleast some recruiters will respond back.
    Mar 28 1
  • Veritas vne11cv
    New grad?
    Mar 28 1
  • VMware fbvch
    Some of the things I did in no particular order -
    1) Getting LinkedIn premium. Even though I had it just for a month, the number of views on my profile increased.
    I also enabled "actively looking for a change" option in status or somewhere.
    Set all the locations you are open to.
    I got a lot of recruiters reaching out to me after that. They weren't from top companies though.

    2)For Fang and like, I always reached out to recruiters whom I was in touch in the past.

    3) A lot of times, telling the recruiters that I'm looking for a change and that I have interviews lined up with other big companies also got them to respond.

    Hope this helps! Good luck!
    Mar 28 1
    • OP
      Thanks. I don't have LinkedIn premium but if it's worth it, I'll buy. I turned on the actively looking status after your message. I can get in touch with recruiters from companies that I got rejected from last year, there are a few.
      Mar 29
  • PayPal asdfghjkli
    I keep getting pinged by recruiters everyday including FANG and startups.
    Mar 28 1
  • Cisco UPhF72
    Don't lose hope. It's just matter of time. Updating LinkedIn does help. Keep on applying.
    Mar 28 0

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