Don’t get frustrated. I get 3 calls and 10 emails a day from recruiters. Most of them are high volume and will talk to you for 15 minutes and ask you to send them a bunch of stuff and then you never hear from them again. A lot of recruiters have no idea what they are doing and are just spamming lots of people they find online based on keyword searches.
I suspect most recruiters are hiring for senior positions because those make more money and they are harder for companies to find. Most companies have no problem finding entry-level devs. I think you need to find those jobs more directly.
I just try to get to the point quickly with them, and make it clear what my experience is and ask them direct questions about what experience the employer wants. If it’s not a match, then don’t bother.
I hope I’m wrong. I hope the next phone call you gets lands you a job. But I wouldn’t bet on it. If you keep building your skills, building your portfolio, improving you resume, and putting yourself out there - it will eventually happen. But be prepared for the probability for a long and bumpy ride.
recruiters who want 10 years experience with React (too bad React isn’t even 10 years old, huh?)
Yup. In the last month I’ve see two adds asking for 5 years experience in React Native, which would be a neat trick considering it was released in 2015.
I think a lot of these are written by recruiters and HR people - you have to take it with a grain of salt. This also reinforces the idea that you don’t need to be a perfect match for the requirements because you don’t know if they are the real requirements.