why is it so hard to get a SE job as a new grad in US?

Tata Consultancy Services / Eng alexi
Oct 27 29 Comments

I am about to complete my masters in USA and I have applied to over 100 job postings on glassdoor, indeed,LinkedIn and dice. I have also tried to get interviews using referrals but nothing seems to click. As a fresher I shouldn't be expected to have 2 years of experience in everything like node, javascript frameworks, python Django, C, Java Spring. Applying to new grad roles gets you the initial coding test but even if all test cases pass, there is no follow up. For one single role in a top tier tech company there are 5-6 rounds...how do I get even 1 job as an international student with a new grad status in this broken market!!!
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  • Fastmail mi-gente
    Go where the market isn't broken. TCS has huge operations in India I believe
    Oct 27 1
    • Tata Consultancy Services / Eng alexi
      OP
      i'm trying to switch into core software development and hence i did my masters here. Trying to get some experience using my OPT status before i head back
      Oct 27
  • Salesforce passalman
    New grads at Salesforce seem to often have multiple internships under their belt already and act like they have couple years of experience already compared to new grads I’ve seen at more traditional companies. That’s the talent pool you’re dealing with.
    Oct 27 0
  • Deloitte hjqhwhd
    From my experience those new grad positions are reserved for top schools. The companies come to your career fair and you get interviews there at the school. If you are from NY try going to career fair at NYU or sth. As a new grad at top tier school, most of my interviews came from career fair where I met the recruiters and talked to them.
    Oct 27 2
    • Yelp / Eng ggassbf
      This is the real truth. Top schools pump out more than enough new grads. Everyone else is second choice or lucky
      Oct 27
    • Deloitte hjqhwhd
      Or you have great internships under your belt or have popular git repo or sth
      Oct 27
  • Pinterest / Data
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    sovfhmore
    Wow that sucks. I thought new grad SE had no issues landing jobs.
    Oct 27 1
    • Yelp / Eng ggassbf
      Yeah, maybe if you go to some Ivy League. Its rough out there for new grads.
      Oct 27
  • Yelp / Eng ggassbf
    Its not a broken market. Its saturated. New grads are a dime a dozen.

    Internships are really important to avoid the situation you are in.
    Oct 27 0
  • eBay / Design yang$$$
    Oct 27 0
  • You already know the answer. Don't apply for top tier companies without experience.

    Work for snaller companies, get required skills and move up.
    Oct 27 0
  • New / Manufacturing
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    Welcome to US. You are getting tired at 100 applications? People apply for thousand positions and they hear back from 1 or 2. I personally know friends who applied over a year to 5000-6000 positions before getting a job.
    Oct 27 1
    • Tata Consultancy Services / Eng alexi
      OP
      it is actually 300..but I didn't wanna the real number...
      Oct 27
  • LinkedIn offspring
    In 2019 it’s hard for me to imagine going through 6-8 years of school without any real world software development experience. Like internships and summer jobs.

    Also, for top tier companies, you should know that a single intern position gets thousands of applicants. Even more for entry level positions. What makes you stand out from all of those people?
    Oct 27 0
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Accen
    Apply via Company website and apply to the most recent job postings.
    Go to meetups
    Apply all over the US
    Contact recruiters via Linkedin/Email
    Oct 27 0
  • Tableau @T@
    Did you not do internship? That's really important to get placed, usually the interning company will offer too. Usually during masters people do at least two internships.
    Oct 27 2
    • Tata Consultancy Services / Eng alexi
      OP
      I am completing my masters in 1.5 years and i could not secure an internship this summer
      Oct 27
    • Tableau @T@
      I don't understand, why don't you try for internship then? I would think the internship interview has to be easier compared to job interviews, if you're unable to get that how do you expect to get a job? Sorry for being blunt but gather some experience via internship that will help
      Oct 27
  • Salesforce / Eng gpio
    Try messaging some hiring managers. And also passing all the test cases is not enough. They do actually look at your code quality and style. It's pretty important to have past internships or big projects on resume too.
    Oct 27 2
    • Tata Consultancy Services / Eng alexi
      OP
      thanks ..how do i contact hiring managers? linkedin(hardly anyone replies to cold messages from job seekers now)
      Oct 27
    • Salesforce / Eng gpio
      Yes you can use LinkedIn. Or you can try to find or "predict" people's company emails. It doesn't hurt to try. The sky is the limit on how convincing your writing is. They'll probably read it so make it good.
      Oct 27
  • Microsoft presci
    Don’t you have a career fair?
    Oct 27 1
    • Tata Consultancy Services / Eng alexi
      OP
      I'm in buffalo,NY so there aren't many tech firms
      Oct 27
  • Goldman Sachs 56f3kc
    Write your resume to help recruiters quartile you at a high level at a glance. Not sure how, but that should be your goal.
    Oct 27 0
  • OfferUp / Eng ugUr43
    Use referrals from your LinkedIn contacts, alumni, etc.
    Oct 27 0
  • SAP
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    Sap PayPal eBay Cisco Servicenow intel Dell ibm
    These are the companies you should be dealing with when on a student visa.
    Oct 27 0
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    It’s hard, because employers would rather hire someone with experience than pay the same for someone to ramp up.
    Oct 27 0
  • Expedia Group @#$%sry
    Go on LinkedIn and msg hiring recruiters.
    Oct 27 0
  • Microsoft othadei
    It’s harder to get a new grad pm job.
    Oct 27 0

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