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Vinay Hegde Author

Hi anchnk,

Thank you so much for sharing your story comprehensively and the empathy towards my situation. It really helped!

I totally agree with you on so many points you've mentioned, especially the being too junior for a role OR unable to begin interviews OR being declined without even so much of a response.

So the thing is, I'm motivated to work hard as you said but when all you see is rejections day in day out (however nicely they are conveyed), it really leaves me disappointed. I mean, I do tend to move on quickly but scenarios like these make you question everything - the industry, the companies, yourself and so on.

"I had the luck to be able to go back to programming and it did worked quite well. I was utterly motivated, eager to learn and you seem to be on that track too. So I will say keep going, work hard and opportunities will come to you !"

This line gave me some more strength to power through, thank you again!

PS: I do have a blog (tech/non-tech content) which you can read more here and as you suggested, being on dev.to is a step towards more blogging :)

Just out of curiosity, some quick questions:

  • What noble mission is your non profit foundation about?

  • Is re-approaching recruiters via LinkedIn or their work emails (I've been fortunate enough to be in touch with some from whose organizations I was rejected but with a humane approach and I'll write more on this soon) a better idea than applying via their company website listings?

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anchnk

I am so happy if sharing my story gave something to you.

That's probably the most valuable thing I have done today.

As a reminder, you are not alone in this situation. It means you can exchange and build up from other experiences with a similar background. A lot of people are coming from different background in the tech industry. And most of them are doing great.

Again, I know the feeling as I have and am in your shoes. Dont' let the bad experiences put yourself down and for each bad one try to stay as positive as you can. You have value and skills, I don't even know you but I am so sure about that. Don't let recruiters you are desesperately looking for a job, show them you know what you are capable of that you are confident

In my opinion, the tech hiring process is not working well nowadays. Talented people are left behind and recruiters are complaining having hard time to find the good fit. It's a bit a jungle, some job offers even put legal requirements as job's advantages and I am not even speaking about startup's sway with free beer and friday parties.

My non profit organization was not as noble as I would like it to be now. It was mainly about knowledge sharing around creative coding and digital arts. Introducing people to art created from coding.

For the approaching question I would keep it via the official road. But if you have contact with these people I would definitively contact them and ask them how you can improve as your are eager to move forward in your career.

I would browse job offers similar to the kind of position you want to apply and see what tech and soft skills you might need to improve to be the perfect fit. Meet people that do have this kind of job and talk with them even through social network (and here is a good place for that I think). I would train myself to interview with blank interview I mean keep active and convince yourself you will succeed and that will happen. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but the day after yes.

There are no such thing such as you are not good enough for or talented enough for ? I don't believe in that.

I could go deep in that topic but that would make a very long comment and that's your story :) Keep it going

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Vinay Hegde Author

Thank you so much for the pep talk!!

When dealing with recruiters, I've always been confident than desperate to illustrate my capability. Its just the putting myself down was something I thought of sharing since someone here may face them now or in the future. For anyone who's going through a similar experience, please feel to reach out to me.

My non profit organization was not as noble as I would like it to be now. It was mainly about knowledge sharing around creative coding and digital arts. Introducing people to art created from coding.
That sounds amazing, how did you come up with the idea? Is there a link where I could see what you've created?

For the approaching question I would keep it via the official road. But if you have contact with these people I would definitively contact them and ask them how you can improve as your are eager to move forward in your career.
For every role that I'm declined via personal email from their HRs, I do ask for feedback towards improvement but only 10-20% revert. I assume that must be the legal requirements you were talking about.

I would browse job offers similar to the kind of position you want to apply and see what tech and soft skills you might need to improve to be the perfect fit. Meet people that do have this kind of job and talk with them even through social network (and here is a good place for that I think). I would train myself to interview with blank interview I mean keep active and convince yourself you will succeed and that will happen. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but the day after yes

  • That's precisely the reason for this blog post :)
  • The interaction with people having those roles is something that I'll get doing right away. I don't have many of them but the ones I know could be of some help here.

Cheers!