Turned away by Walmart, Infosys and Palantir; my role in this world is unclear.
For both software development and for general labor. All these companies I've applied to, either reject, or they tell me I be wasting their time because I'm not no local candidate to that specific part of the country,
or they tell me that another candidate was recommended by numerous colleagues because THEY been local,
or someone with more YoE came in, etc.
Didn't matter that my performance was good.
Didn't matter that I covered all the bases.
Didn't matter that I started from the fundamental parts of the algorithms.
Didn't matter that I made my way up to very optimal runtimes and memory usage.
Didn't matter that I kept the interviewers informed.
Didn't matter that I discussed trade-offs.
Didn't matter that I covered multiple test cases.
Didn't matter that we walked through multiple questions in one session.
Didn't matter that some of them learned a new perspective regarding algorithms or system architecture.
This is how it goes for 400 companies and counting.
There was and has always some excuse around the corner, technical or not. "Oh, you didn't ask for ANSI encoding." or "we've filled this position internally" or a ghosting.
Can't go to any meetups in the area because the few that are here talk about the same subjects.
Talked to those people. No prospects.
Applied to some government places. No response.
Applied to one of the few remaining local startups. They decided to have us meet at some bowling alley/arcade. Had to strain to hear them, missed and mistook a lot of what they were saying for other things. Asked about the possibility of going to a more acoustically-protected area. They said it was perfect. Then the next day, they said no to me.
People this is it. My phone service is going to be cut off [EDIT: tonight] since I can't pay it. Then I won't be even able to log into my email and other services if they ask for confirmation because they don't allow Google Voice numbers. Do they somehow know that I was from the hood? Why me, man?