Vent: SWE Job Applications

Nov 8, 2019 22 Comments

A bit about me: <2 yoe, underpaid at current job, studying & applying for jobs, and aiming for a tech company

The issue: Straight up denials from larger companies even prior to a phone call (Non FAANG)

My resume is formatted fairly well & it gets parsed accurately. The only interview requests I get are startups looking to underpay in larger cities (Where it wouldnt make sense economically) or niche positions in education/healthcare industry. E.g. got denied last year by Twitter even with 2 referrals, to a position I met the requirements for. Got a referral for Dropbox via LinkedIn & didnt even hear back.

I know I’m not the best candidate but I just feel hopeless applying for jobs sometimes. I see people right out of college getting tons of interviews requests and it makes me question myself & what I’m doing wrong.

I kill the behavioral interviews and it’s a hit or miss with technical screens (so far 100% success rate this year, waiting to hear back as to on site interviews for 2 roles), but I apply to a solid amount of jobs everyday that I’m at least partially qualified for with minimal returns on applications.

Is work experience limiting me? Is it skills? Is it something else? Im applying for generic SWE positions and just watching my mental health suffer as I throw my resume into applications only to never hear back or get auto denied.

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TOP 22 Comments
  • Microsoft JK4562
    I think it's where you work and your current experience and not you personally. Try Amazon, they hire anyone.
    Nov 8, 2019 15
    • Kaiser Permanente / Eng Elho50
      OP
      Haha I’m headed to sleep now, I’ll message you on discord tomorrow with more details fam
      Dec 15, 2019
    • Apple bogle
      Thanks chief
      Dec 16, 2019
  • Uber / Eng itsdara
    There's a flood of new grads and you being 2 yoe doesn't give any real advantage over new grads, so learn as much as you can, Leet daily until you get more Yoe and they'll approach you.
    Nov 8, 2019 1
    • Kaiser Permanente / Eng Elho50
      OP
      Gotcha, unfortunate but solid advice. Thanks
      Nov 8, 2019
  • Twitch EIES66
    It takes time. Keep trying. Try https://alist.co/candidates
    Nov 8, 2019 1
    • Kaiser Permanente / Eng Elho50
      OP
      I’ll check it out, thanks!
      Nov 8, 2019
  • Uber / Eng itsdara
    You need to be Leet smart too
    Nov 8, 2019 1
    • Kaiser Permanente / Eng Elho50
      OP
      What’s the point in being leet smart if you don’t even get many interview requests. Only 1 HackerRank/coding challenge so far, and that was for Quora
      Nov 8, 2019

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