Can’t a man walk down the street without being offered a job?
Prerequisite: You have some experience and are somewhat competent.
There’s a huge demand for software engineering jobs in New York…and Australia has a favourable visa (E-3) situation. Win/Win.
- Time difference from Melbourne to New York is a bitch if you already have a job (7am / 11pm are the best times)
- Put your resume on AngelList and update LinkedIn. This should net you an inquiry every day!
- Face-to-face is better than Skype. It speeds up the process and shows you are confident and committed.
- Beware of saying yes to everything as it can lead to a lot of wasted time and effort. Sniper not shotgun.
- Don’t schedule more than 3 interviews per day. Stay fresh.
- Interviews for startups are generally personality first and technical at the very end. Interviews for established companies are generally recruiter then technical then personality.
My Personal Experience
- Non-technical interviews are easy (100% success rate). No preparation needed, just be yourself.
- It’s rare to find a spark of enthusiasm for a company. Part of this is low expectations to avoid disappointment.
- Technical interviews are my kryptonite. Rusty, intimidated and nervous — it takes me around 3 to refresh my memory, get a kick up the butt, and get my confidence back. By the end I enjoy them.
Job hunting is a lot like dating:
1) when there’s a spark, you’ll both know.
2) the more confident you feel, the better you’ll perform.
3) the moment you have something, everyone will want you.