Hello everyone hope you are all doing well.
I got laid off from my Full Stack Developer position mid Sept. It’s Dec, and I’m at 1700 applications. I only got 1 interview early Oct, nothing after. I couldn’t get a call back from a few companies paying 15/hr.
Positions I’m applying to: Web Developer, Full stack developer, Front End Developer, UI/UX designer (occasionally), Software engineer.
What I have been doing this time
I’d be curious to hear your opinions on how I can break out of that cycle.
I’ll attach my resume below for your reference and feel free to point out everything that I can change.
Two things I'll call out.
Thanks a lot for the detailed feedback Jonathan, yes I am currently working on a project, and I’ve realized from this job hunt process that creation of projects shouldn’t really stop even if you get hired
I have 2 immediate high-level thoughts:
Also, I'm glad you took the Taro advice around showing the impact on your resume to heart, but some of the numbers look... suspicious. For example, it is very hard to claim that you increased promotion rate by 9%. Promotions take a lot of time and would be hard for an individual contributor (i.e. not a manager) to track. If you don't have metrics, don't attach them. If a recruiter believes just 1 of your metrics is fishy, they will auto-reject to be safe.
To help you out more, I'll go through the list you shared in this comment. I'll bold everything you should stop doing and explain why:
For referrals, it's probably not working as you're just getting cookie-cutter referrals. True referrals come from relationship building (which you can do in Taro, especially if you live in a major metro area). Check out this Q&A to learn more: "How to get referrals?"
I highly recommend checking this out as well: "What technologies or stacks should I create a project to add in my resume for entry level software jobs?"
Here's my recommendation
Ultimately, becoming a familiar face to those who not only can help you but also those who are experiencing the same as you will go a long way in helping you find success in the long run