Only marginally satisfied at work. Too afraid of rejection to interview elsewhere.
I feel sort of fortunate to finally be working on something interesting (ML but nothing too special), but with lackluster leadership and subpar investment. It’s been six months and I’m learning a lot and writing interesting code, but I’m working completely on my own and feel like my work will only be so impactful. I definitely feel I could be happier elsewhere, provided that I didn’t have to take a pay cut.
I’ve got recruiters calling from Google, Pinterest, Indeed, and some others. But I’ve classically had some difficulty in interviewing in the past and I usually take it hard when I don’t make it. Worried I’ll spend a bunch of time day and night prepping for interviews and not get an offer. I certainly believe I’m capable of doing more impactful work with more capable people and actual leadership but interviews are so stressful.
I’ve got a broad set of experience and an MSCS from a lesser known university. But even when I’m well practiced for interviews I’m still classically unsuccessful when it comes to impactful companies of the FAANG variety. For that reason, I’m finding it hard to respond to recruiters and start the arduous process of a interview prep and potential ego hit. How do I get over it?
TC: $225K according to MSFT rules.