I’ve been pretty discouraged lately with the job search. I’ve been searching for about a year and a half. So far, I’ve had a handful of phone screenings. A couple of them led to a code challenge, but usually nothing beyond that. I’ve probably had 4 in-person interviews, though one of them was with a recruiter so that one probably doesn’t count. Speaking of recruiters, I had quite a few reach out to me with opportunities but nothing really happens with them. I’m beginning to think recruiters are kind of a joke.
My usual routine is applying directly to company websites if at all possible. I do try to tailor my resume and cover letter to match the job description. I’ve attended a few meet ups to talk to people. But as an introvert, it gets tiring making small talk with a lot of people and hoping to establish a deeper connection.
I go through small periods of giving up and then getting back into job searching over and over again. I can’t help be think I’m doing something wrong or maybe there’s something that I’m not doing that’s holding me back. Plus not having any professional experience hurts me. I’m not looking for a pity party, I’m just looking for honest feedback on what I can do better or differently.
I guess my main questions are:
- How can I improve my strategy or do things differently?
- Based on my resume, cover letter and portfolio, do you honestly believe I’m ready for a junior role or not?
Thanks in advance for your feedback.