What does it take to get a job in this town!!??

The Home Depot / Mgmt
hurley530

The Home Depot Mgmt

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Aug 4, 2017 50 Comments

I have 6 years Sales, Marketing, and Operations experience and I can't even garner a return phone call from any tech companies!

My experience is mainly in retail but I do have an informal technical background.

I built my first computer when I was just 12 years old. By the age of 14 I was self taught in Visual Basic and C++. Since the age of 18 I've successfully managed my own investment portfolio consisting of stocks and options - netting double digit yearly returns. I've always considered myself an A+ player.

I’ve been searching for a new opportunity to flex my analytical horsepower, business acumen, and financial bent. I started my first business when I was just 15 years old and my unrelenting desire for success has led to my current role as the Operations Manager for the 13th largest Home Depot in the world ($100 million in annual sales). I am responsible for over $12 million in daily inventory, 350+ associates, and driving top line revenue to get us to $110 million in 2017.

I am looking to make a transition into the tech field. I feel very strongly that my diverse skill set, entrepreneurial spirit, and proven track record of success will make me a valued asset to any team.

I've put in about 50 applications at various size tech companies, and not landed a single interview yet. I know if I could just get my foot in the door, I could prove my worth.

Anyone have any advice on how I can bridge the gap between retail and tech?

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  • The Home Depot / Mgmt
    hurley530

    The Home Depot Mgmt

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    My Resume - although I just moved to Downtown SF.
    Aug 4, 2017 17
    • Intuit wUVe67
      Agree with anon10101 drawing. If you want to portray yourself as a senior manager get rid of all school stuff. Makes you look like a new grad (which unfortunately you are as class of 2014)
      Aug 5, 2017
    • Square VSBe41
      how were you lead attorney in mock trial without going to law school?
      Aug 5, 2017
    • The Home Depot / Mgmt
      hurley530

      The Home Depot Mgmt

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      Lots of undergrad programs have mock trial teams that compete nationally. One of my favorite activities in college. I was going to go to law school, but the debt scared me away.
      Aug 6, 2017
    • WRKSHP / Eng 🌧️☔
      You need to list your skills, as well as any other major projects you worked on outside of school/work, at least for anything engineering in the bay area.

      If you want to list extracurriculars, condense them to one line with the most important, relevant stuff, and put it under education.
      Aug 27, 2017
    • Bluescape QgKn30
      I don't agree with @derk333. GPA is meaningless but unless it is super high leave it off of the resume in case someone like him is checking your resume.
      Aug 28, 2017
  • Sysdig / Other
    preems

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    Meraki
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    Dude. The Home Depot.... cmon.. tech companies will not see that on a resume and think 'relevant' unless your job title is engineering related.

    Also if u don't have relevant experience, you won't get in by simply applying.

    Step ur game up.
    Aug 4, 2017 2
    • The Home Depot / Mgmt
      hurley530

      The Home Depot Mgmt

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      Well outside of applying, what would you suggest? I'm willing to get creative. Hell my next move is to physically turn in resumes at these places and see if I can persuaded someone into talking.
      Aug 4, 2017
    • Sysdig / Other
      preems

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      preemsmore
      Go network man, find people who are influencers and find a tangential way to connect with them. Find who people who have made a similar transition and ask them out for coffee, you need to get outside and talk to people.
      Aug 5, 2017
  • New / Other
    thatGuy710

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    You should use this rant as your cover letter
    Aug 8, 2017 0
  • Microsoft hoodini
    Not bay area, but Amazon business analyst or ops program manager roles would value your experience - start with Linkedin and see if anyone you know works there. Stop applying online, network instead.
    Aug 5, 2017 0
  • The Home Depot / Mgmt
    hurley530

    The Home Depot Mgmt

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    Update:

    Thanks to everyone who provided genuine, valuable advice. I revamped my resume, and started targeting start ups, and I received a ton of interest. I have several good job offers on the table and I'm currently evaluating my options.

    So it looks like my dreams are coming to fruition and I'm bridging the gaps from retail to tech.
    Sep 9, 2017 0
  • New / Other
    baeta

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    baetamore
    My co-founder messaged his resume to the company's Snapchat account (strangely being managed by the CEO) and got his foot in the door that way. If you really want something you need to exhaust every possible resource before calling it quits.
    Aug 4, 2017 0
  • Amazon / Sales AmzzSeattl
    Advice From someone trying to get into tech after 9 years of defense on my resume, take a contract role. I had an Engineering degree and masters from USC and still had a hard time. Contracting gets your foot in the door for something permanent. USD is not considered a "top" university in Tech. I also applied to well over 100 jobs. 50 is nothing. Get creative and more hungry. You are chasing a dream with your experience and have to work harder to get a foot in. I did it without referrals so it is possible, but having T-Mobile and Census on your resume along with USD may be tough for a recruiter to see past. A 2 month contract job with nothing guaranteed after was my stepping stone and that might help you get moving.
    Aug 4, 2017 2
    • The Home Depot / Mgmt
      hurley530

      The Home Depot Mgmt

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      Interesting approach. I will remain open to that option.
      Aug 4, 2017
    • Amazon / Sales AmzzSeattl
      It's not the easiest route going contract, but shows initiative. Your battle is clearing Home Depot from your resume along with T-mobile and Census. You need 3 months of contract to show you can handle pace of tech.
      Aug 4, 2017
  • Bluebot / Other Perry Grin
    Most job descriptions have a list of qualities and potential responsibilities listed. Every time you apply you need to re-write your resume and tailor each of your history to the requirements of the position for which you are applying. You need to connect the dots for the recruiter. You also should write a cover letter and use Grammarly if your writing is not top notch. The cover letter should tell a story of how all your work history applies to the position. Write a unique cover letter for each position you are applying for. Most people don't need to write cover letters, but most people are doing what you are trying to do, make such a big leap.
    Replace the EC section with a list of skill relevant to the position you apply and move this list to the top.
    Aug 4, 2017 1
    • The Home Depot / Mgmt
      hurley530

      The Home Depot Mgmt

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      This is some solid advice. Thanks for taking the time to share. I have been doing this to a degree, but it is probably quality over quantity at this point.
      Aug 4, 2017
  • Amazon / Eng moveme
    Try Amazon retail :)
    Aug 4, 2017 1
    • Gartner / Sales NGVI
      Or Apple Retail
      Aug 4, 2017
  • Databricks / Eng
    datadicks

    Databricks Eng

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    You need referrals
    Aug 4, 2017 1
    • referrals don't do much unless they are tight with the hiring manager.
      Aug 4, 2017
  • New YIni35
    I would lookup "startup resumes" as yours is very classic and corporate. I'd also put the title first and then the company as they might see "Home Depot" and think you're a small fish when you're actually quite accomplished. I'd also use a less classic font. These seem banal but they go a long, long way from someone who has thrown away a lot of resumes.
    Aug 4, 2017 0
  • Slalom Consulting XuQe04
    remove the college activities and GPA, replace with skills and references
    Aug 4, 2017 0
  • Merrill Lynch / Eng yPha15
    Agreed if you're going to get into the tech sector you're going to need a referral. Also you won't be able to touch 100k I think unless you live in a very expensive area.
    Aug 4, 2017 1
    • Merrill Lynch / Eng yPha15
      Judging by resume, anyways
      Aug 4, 2017
  • The Home Depot / Mgmt
    hurley530

    The Home Depot Mgmt

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    My first round (25 applications) I set some lofty goals and targeted manager level positions at the larger tech companies, as I figured it doesn't hurt to shoot for the moon, but I soon realized that was a waste of precious time. Then this last round (25 applications) I target some mid level associate roles in a business or operations function and still didn't get any interest.

    I don't want to start at entry level, as I feel I have progressed my career beyond that point, and I have a degree from a top university, but I'm getting desperate to leave retail at this point. I'm making just above 6 figures, but my heart isn't in the home improvement sector.
    Aug 4, 2017 1
    • DM me and I can float your info to some folks here if interested
      Aug 4, 2017
  • Bluebot / Other Perry Grin
    While you're applying for jobs. Learn to code and build something. Doesn't have to be amazing, but it will go a long way, to show the effort you're willing to put in.
    "But, I don't want to be a developer"
    Too bad you will still need to understand how code works.
    Take some online training, there are tons free!
    The world runs on code.
    *learn something newer than 10 year old c++ VBscript experience.
    Python is probably a good place to start.
    Aug 4, 2017 0
  • The Home Depot / Mgmt
    hurley530

    The Home Depot Mgmt

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    Hmm, Dell is an interesting prospect. Haven't inquired with them yet. I will check out what openings they have and submit an application. Thanks for the tip, and I'll keep everyone updated on my job hunt!
    Aug 4, 2017 0
  • Dell / Eng
    Scrumb

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    Scrumbmore
    Dell will hire you. And Home Depot is a huge Dell customer. You won't get 6 figures though, not at first anyway.
    Aug 4, 2017 0
  • Google lLtX24
    You could try doing a bootcamp or similar and applying for an entry level dev position. If the company is small, you might get to wear non-dev hats too.
    Aug 4, 2017 1
    • The Home Depot / Mgmt
      hurley530

      The Home Depot Mgmt

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      Yeah I'm going to try and refresh my programming background and get some sort of certification. Should be easy enough for me to procure.
      Aug 4, 2017
  • Groupon Maru
    CS degree?
    Aug 4, 2017 1
    • The Home Depot / Mgmt
      hurley530

      The Home Depot Mgmt

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      Business Degree in Management
      Aug 4, 2017
  • The Home Depot / Mgmt
    hurley530

    The Home Depot Mgmt

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    An analyst, operations, or marking position. My programming skills aren't strong enough to merit a dev job. But I do have a strong understanding of the concepts and applications.
    Aug 4, 2017 0

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