How to keep your confidence up during job search?

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I am sure a lot of people have faced rejections during job search. I am facing my fair share of rejections too.

How did you cope with the rejections?

Is blind helpful for getting referrals?

If yes, then did you get a job through blind?

What qualities do you want to see when referring someone?

Please share your thoughts.

#jobsearch
#rejections
#referrals
#blind

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  • Bayer / Other Bouillon
    Bouillon’s job search tips for fresh graduates:

    - Create an all-star linkedin profile.
    Network & connect through linkedin. Start with classmates and professors, then expand to other people with similar major. Join professional associations.
    - Create a good resume, then customize it specifically for each job. Emphasize skills and experience relevant to the position, and shorten / remove irrelevant ones. If you’re applying to 100 jobs, make 100 custom resumes.
    - Always write a cover letter. The resume is just a list, a cover letter actually explains to the hiring manager why you would be a great pick, based on the items listed on your resume and how they match the advertised job description.
    - Read on interviewing techniques (like STAR and the like). Get familiar with common behavioral interview questions. If you’re in a technical field, be prepared for the most common technical interview formats.
    - Finding a job is like finding a spouse, compatibility and luck are big factors. You can be great, but if you’re not the greatest and the most fitting candidate in the batch, then you’re out. You can be mediocre, but if the other applicants are worse and less compatible, then you’ll get the job. It’s a numbers game to a large extent, so just keep at it and improve your statistical odds. Some people get the job on the first try, others get it after the 200th.
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    • SAP PXkM70
      Do cover letters still matter in tech? I’ve never written one
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    • OP
      Thank you so much for the information 😃
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    • SAP DVOw73
      I don’t hire without cover letter if people apply from outside my network or are not coming as trusted referrals.
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    • Bayer / Other Bouillon
      It depends on the position. If it’s very technical, then you can probably get away without it.

      I always write a cover letter. It doesn’t have to be long, a couple of paragraphs is often enough. At worst they’ll toss it, at best it sets you apart from other candidates with identical qualifications.
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  • Intel / Other cturtle
    Keep at it. Are you looking to switch or a new grad? I once interviewed for 30 companies all the way to the last round and got rejected. Don't loose confidence, try to have some hobbies or workout to Keep fit physically and mentally
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    • OP
      New grad! About to finish my PhD. No industry experience.
      Thanks for the advice 😊
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  • SAP PXkM70
    Understand that every job search is playing Russian roulette. If you don’t have a lot of luck on your side, no amount of LC can help
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    • OP
      Thanks for the response. But it is making me even more miserable 😖
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    • SAP PXkM70
      Yeah there’s no way to get around it.
      I was rejected from 5 companies at the final round because they wanted someone internal and were just “testing the waters”
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    • OP
      I am sorry to hear that 😔
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    • OP
      How did you know that they hired internally? I didn’t receive any interview feedback. 🤔
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    • SAP PXkM70
      My recruiter said the team had great feedback about my interviews and then wanted to go with an internal candidate
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  • For dealing with rejection, you have to tell yourself that a lot of it depends on luck. Success is when your degree of preparation meets opportunity, and your opportunity just hasn't come up yet, so you have to keep looking. It might seem at times like passing FANG interviews is some kind of formula, and that's good when you are studying for them, but keep in mind that the are also a ton of variables at play in the interview loop (which questions are picked, which interviewers you get, where you can be matched to a team that is interested in your background, etc). So don't beat yourself up over those variables you can't control. Focus on what you can control : showing up prepared, and casting a wide net to find opportunities.

    If your morale is low and you're having trouble getting motivated, try to shift your focus on what you did well. After an interview, it's natural to want to find areas of improvement. But take the time to also reelect on progress you've made since the last interview. Find something positive and treat it as a big accomplishment. Interviewing is a thankless job and unless you make it a point to tell yourself you did a good job, it will be easy to get demotivated. There's no reward for a long time, and no feedback. So try to track your own progress to remember that you're still learning and upping your game despite not having the offer you want just yet.

    Somebody during a particularly long interview loop at a company told me at some point that their interview loops were so long, that i should just enjoy the process. It sucked, but i knew i had no choice but to enjoy the process. So i learned to enjoy it. I focused on feeling good about meeting new people, talking about my skills, learning about their work, and learning new things through interview prep.

    Mindset is the most important tool you have, so make it a habit to cultivate one that will help you be successful.
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    • OP
      Thank you so much for this post 😊
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  • Affirm ramenlover
    All you need is one offer! Just remember that. Honestly, it’s just a numbers game in the end. I interviewed for ~30 companies in one month before I got my first offer. It made all my effort worth it in the end.
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  • OP
    I wish I could have a mentor(s) to keep me motivated. To walk me through the process. Be there every step of the way.
    Sometimes I feel lost since I am new at this. 😔
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