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Landing a Job as an Oleh Chadash in Israel, it’s A Numbers Game

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Not everyone needs to be in the swim lanes.

Here Are the Stats Of My Journey:

Key Takeaways from the Data:

  1. Applying Online Did Not Add Value for Me — Of the 36 roles I directly applied to online, 100% resulted in a rejection without a chance to interview.
  2. Making the Personal Connections Did — I applied to 55 roles with a 1st degree connection to the company. This resulted in a 55% chance of getting an interview. 60% of these 1st degree connections were people I met by either being connected to through a mutual friend or through attending Networking Events/Meetups.

Key Takeaways from the Experience

  1. Don’t Expect the Job to Come to You — You have to be out there hustling every day. Checking your LinkedIn, other people’s LinkedIn networks and asking if they can connect you to people that might of interest to you to speak with. Israel is a family culture and it’s quite acceptable to reach out to 2nd or 3rd connections.
  2. Set Up Networking Meetings — Finding people to grab a coffee with is extremely value added. Also don’t just ask them, tell them that you want to meet with them and why. The truth is that people want to help you, but they are not going to know exactly your story until you meet face-to-face. At the end of every meeting ask if there is anyone else they can connect you to and ask how you can be of help to them.
  3. Be Ready for Rejection — It is inevitable in any job search. You have to take every rejection with stride and move on to the next one. If you aren’t hearing back from a potential connection or employer, follow up once every week. When you don’t get a job after interviewing, private message the hiring manager and/or the HR manager for thanking them for their time and asking for feedback. The feedback I received would go on to help me improve and tighten my messaging in future interviews.
  4. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help — A friend of mine and fellow Olim said something simple yet crucial. That is, “Olim help other Olim.” It wasn’t until the middle of my job-search process that I started sending out requests for help to some of the Whatsapp groups I was in as well as posting in Facebook groups like Olim in Tech. I received many replies from people that I didn’t even know saying, “hey, I’ve been in your shoes before. I would love to help.” Many of these responses led to coffee meetings, job referrals, and new friendships.



Founded in 2017, Olim in Tech is a volunteer led community geared towards empowering and connecting Olim who work or want to be working in hi-tech.

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