Is it really this difficult to get a job?

New Driver2
Dec 6, 2018 41 Comments

Hi all,
I am a senior at a state university and have been struggling lately to find a job as I am graduating in May of 2019. The Plan was to go to grad school straight but again, I decided to work for a couple of years. I probably have applied to about 67 companies so far and have mostly received rejections. The fact that I'll require a sponsorship later on might be one of the few major factors behind this. I did receive around 4 interviews(Apple, wayfair, BNY Mellon, Blackrock) but already got rejected from 2 and I've got no hope from remaining two either.

I worry everyday as my graduation date is nearing and as it's already December, I don't see a clear bright path ahead.

Well, the goal of my post is to hear from you guys. Based on your experience, what makes a successful candidate?
Guys, please give me some suggestions, what do you think would be the best thing to do?

Yes, I am looking for a job in tech(software engineering).

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TOP 41 Comments
  • Square YeL7ji
    What’s your GPA? Lots of students just plain don’t put in the effort and just pass classes without ever developing a passion. Are you passionate about coding?
    Dec 6, 2018 10
    • Square YeL7ji
      Lol. Triggered. GPA and passion/excitement to work is a differentiator given the level of competition among new grads. Ever hear of culture fit? Nobody wants to work with someone who slogged through college with a 2.5 and expects a job to be handed to them.
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Apple Dhehd2423
      Do you guys seriously even notice GPA on resumes in Square? We don’t at Apple. Culture fit means “does not behave like an asshole”
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Square YeL7ji
      You’re missing the point. It’s not about screening for GPA, I’m just asking to gauge OP’s level of commitment as a possible reason why he/she is having trouble. It sounds like it’s not the issue.
      Dec 6, 2018
    • @Apple a friend said an Apple recruiter was interested in her profile but when he asked for her GPA (MSCS, below 3.5 because of one class that she couldn't drop and other issues) he said that he couldn't consider her and she had to wait a few years before the GPA becomes unimportant. Her undergrad CS GPA was above 3.7. Seems to conflict with your info.
      Dec 7, 2018
    • Apple Dhehd2423
      Lol shitty team at Apple with shitty worthless recruiter who should be fired. You friend doesnt want to work in that team, tell them to apply to another one.
      Dec 7, 2018
  • Zymergen / Eng automata
    If you have an American significant other you're serious about, just get married and be done with the visas forever. Then you can at least get any job or go back to school. Otherwise, get some career advice from someone you admire, who's had similar circumstances and they're in a place you would rather be. Network, make powerful friends, get so good at what you do that everybody listens.
    Dec 6, 2018 2
    • Microsoft Luvluv
      Marriage? He is probably 20 years old and it is not 1940s.
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Zymergen / Eng automata
      This is just free advice that worked for me. Happily married for 7 yrs. Together for 4yrs before that. Married aged 24. It could work for OP too. I'm well aware it's 2018 and I'm super thankful to have missed the age of Tinder.
      Dec 6, 2018
  • Twitter Saulder
    Market is becoming saturated. Everyone and their mom is trying to be a software engineer now (see other post about a mom trying to crack FANG https://us.teamblind.com/s/KSSJTuNF)
    Dec 6, 2018 4
    • Vanguard
      Prescence

      Vanguard

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      Vanguard
      Prescencemore
      Is there anything I can search to find this?
      Dec 6, 2018
    • New Driver2
      OP
      @saulder This kinda makes sense.
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Twitter Saulder
      Check out this post! "FANG dream job hunt (Women in Tech)"
      https://us.teamblind.com/s/KSSJTuNF
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Microsoft Qi)2-7gakp
      What about all the dads trying to become SWEs? Or the grandpas trying to become managers? FFS who gives a shit dumbfuck
      Dec 6, 2018
  • Facebook odnafskgp
    now it is too difficult to get h1b. many people have worked for years are still using opt.
    Dec 6, 2018 1
    • Deloitte / Consultant
      weirdflex

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      weirdflexmore
      And that will soon end too, as the admin has signaled it intends to bar ppl who spend more than 1yr on OPT (2 yrs in critical need fields) from applying for h1b at all.
      Dec 6, 2018
  • SAP kbron
    I have no much idea of USA, not following h1 visa news much. But Canada opens arms to qualified ppl if you struggle to get in USA. IMO it could be good experience to go there 2 years
    Dec 6, 2018 3
    • New Driver2
      OP
      Yeah, but do we need to apply as a grad student or just apply to Canadian companies and go there. I am sorry, I have very little knowledge about this. Their website says express entry and they require you to take the IelTs, not sure if it applies to all.
      Dec 6, 2018
    • SAP kbron
      Dec 6, 2018
    • New Driver2
      OP
      Thanks!
      Dec 6, 2018
  • SAP kbron
    What type of job are you searching? Tech?
    Dec 6, 2018 3
    • New Driver2
      OP
      Yes, tech job. Just made an edit.
      Dec 6, 2018
    • New ApF51
      be more specific about what you’re looking for. is it SW or HW? give specifics to get more accurate answers
      Dec 7, 2018
    • New Driver2
      OP
      Just did, thanks!
      Dec 7, 2018
  • Tableau Pete@Nerv
    So from interviewing waay to many candidates over the last four years IMHO someone with a BS degree and a passionate enough to work on some open source projects in highschool get an equal chance. They are both going to require training and have holes in their education. It’s going to be who’s the better cultural fit. Now masters student seem to need a lot less training and have a lot less holes but there are reasons even google hires strait out of coding camps these days. If you really want it work on that portfolio or get a masters.
    Dec 6, 2018 2
    • Intuit $🤑$
      Why not both? (BS + Open source projects)
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Tableau Pete@Nerv
      I’m not sure if that gives an edge or not. The masters does.
      Dec 7, 2018
  • Microsoft @S Nutella
    OP where are you working currently? Software Engineer?
    Dec 6, 2018 2
    • New Driver2
      OP
      No, I am still in school. Looking for software engineering jobs.
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Microsoft @S Nutella
      How are at Blind then?
      Dec 6, 2018
  • Roku / Eng
    Waggish

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    Waggishmore
    Expected to have done projects or some contribution.
    Dec 6, 2018 3
    • New Driver2
      OP
      I lag here ig.
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Roku / Eng
      Waggish

      Roku Eng

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      Yahoo
      Waggishmore
      PM me your CV
      Dec 7, 2018
    • New Driver2
      OP
      Just did.
      Dec 7, 2018
  • Amazon amazoning
    Hey I’ve been in a similar situation. Easy to say this but difficult to do, keep pushing forward. I had to give more than 10 onsites before getting offer. Gave more than 40 phone interviews. It’s luck+leetcode.
    Dec 7, 2018 0
  • Google KanyePest
    67? Really?
    Dec 6, 2018 0