ONE Small Job Search Tweak That Landed Me Google (Against 50+ Candidates) | InYour20s.com by Bessy Tam

ONE Small Job Search Tweak That Landed Me Google (Against 50+ Candidates)

Published on 16 August 2019 by Bessy Tam | Filed in Career

I know you've been applying to a lot of jobs. I know that you've opened hundreds of tabs in your browser throughout work just to research different companies and understand what they're looking for. 

Job descriptions, potential jobs.

Sharing My Journey Getting Into Tech


Hi everyone. I'm Bessy Tam, founder and the coach of www.InYour20s.com. I help smart driven creatives get into the tech companies so that they can get the lifestyle that they want and the career that they deserve.

So today I actually want to talk a little bit more about why I started this site. So for those of you who don't know, I'd been working at Google for quite some time, 4 or 5 years now. And I moved from Google Hong Kong here to Google Chicago.


I'm always super excited because there's just so much that I can do [in tech and Google] and I really want to talk a little bit more about my journey and struggles getting into tech from a marketing job of two years and what this job in tech provided me for my lifestyle and for my career towards my next steps.

"Things were very status quo... and people I worked with didn't have a lot of drive"

Before I got into Google, I was actually in marketing in Boston. I was helping a school  market themselves.

It was super small because it was a smaller business school and I was in their marketing office amongst maybe around 20 people.

 A lot of the people who were there would actually like leave very early. There's not a lot of drive. And to be honest, looking at who's working there now, it's still the same. So it's been a while, quite a while that they would just stay in the same job.

I see this a lot in my students as well [when I talk to them]. [Their companies are] just very status quo and the way that we approach things is very repetitive.

I didn't really have freedom to have, create new ideas, new campaigns or anything that a marketer would really want to strategize. And I think I found that as a clear struggle because I got back to Hong Kong to be closer to my family and I saw the situation amongst a lot of the different marketing companies that I saw.

As long as we tell you what to do, you don't really lead specific projects or really have a lot of opportunity to do what you want to drive, want to learn and to be super creative. 

"No one really teaches you how to get into the job search process.. within 10 months I applied to 100+  jobs"

It actually took me about 10 months to research and apply online.

No one really teaches you how to get into the job search process, right?

As usual, I would make my resume and then I would ask friends to take a look at it. Actually a huge challenge because  they weren't [working] in the industries I want to be in.

I think within 10 months I applied to 100+  jobs throughout these 10 months. Like it's just not the jobs I wanted.

And it was really frustrating because I know I have so much to offer and I just know that my potential is a lot bigger than [what the jobs offered]

"I just spent so much of my 24 hours waiting for responses... There wasn't even a no.. or rejections, it was just silence"

But thankfully my, I was staying with my parents (and that's pretty normal in Asia) [so that I didn't have to pay rent].

My parents didn't really rush me in, which I'm really thankful for. I was just rushing myself, being next to my phone all the time, seeing if I would get a call, checking my email like every day and having so much anxiety, so much.

I was, I was just miserable. And so that's why I started like working out and trying to find different ways to, to spend my time because I just spent so much of my 24 hours just waiting for responses, seeing my applications got any responses. 

There's not even a no... there wasn't even rejections. It was just silence. And it was super frustrating for me.

"I don't want people to go through the same thing...all of this could have been done way earlier if I had the right person to talk to and the right person to actually coach me through this."

And I finally figured out actually how to write cover letters and resumes that really speak to the audience because towards the end of the 10 months, around month nine, I got pretty much seven interviews within two weeks because of my approach.

The reason why I started the site is because I don't want people to go through the same thing. I don't want people to waste 10 months of their life like looking for a job because it's just so tough when in fact all of this could have been done way earlier if I had the right person to talk to and the right person to actually coach me through this.

More importantly, someone who was in the industry, specifically in tech.

"I didn't know that I wanted to be in the tech industry in the beginning because I never thought of myself as a technical person and never thought of myself to be smart enough to be in Google."

Actually I didn't know that I wanted to be in the tech industry in the beginning because I never thought of myself as a technical person and never thought of myself to be smart enough to be in Google.

Throughout 10 months, I actually applied online to Google twice!

But you know what? I applied to the wrong positions. Looking back into my email, I saw that it was like industry manager positions, which by the way takes like 10+ years experience.

I didn't know what to apply for [or what jobs are natural entry points for me into tech]. 

And then I met someone who actually used to work in Google and he coached me into: what they were looking for, what the culture is like and what exactly to say.

And that's when I realized you actually really need someone who's in the industry, who can actually guide you. So that's how I kind of, you know, teach my students to find someone who is in the company to talk to. 

So towards the end of the, the 10 months, like it became a way for me to restart.

"I would have been in a completely different space if I didn't have someone who knew me well, who knew my background, knew my experiences to be able to tell me these things. "

I only applied, I say "apply" but it was technically like a referral to two roles, and I got both of those just because I spent 10 months researching and tweaking and finally meeting these people to get me into these jobs.

But in the end that all of that could have been done within a month or two.

And that's what frustrates me the most. And that's why I started this site to help people have the tools and strategies. Most importantly, to find this specific job that really fits their profile, what they wanna do and is able to link that to a tech company.

And then I would have been in a completely different space if I didn't have someone who knew me well, who knew my background, knew my experiences to be able to tell me these things.

 That's like my story, my struggles.

"I know it's frustrating. I know that you're thinking about this every day, morning till night, dreading to wake up in the morning and in survival mode."

 If you really want to speed up your process,  I know you've been applying to a lot of jobs.

I know that you've opened hundreds of tabs in your browser throughout work just to research different companies and understand what they're looking for. Job descriptions, potential jobs.

I know it's frustrating. I know that you're thinking about this every day, morning til night, dreading to wake up in the morning and in survival mode. I know that and I, I've been through that in the beginning of my process.

[All I] want is to help you get to the job that you really deserve. 

Get Clarity on Your Strategy in 30 Minutes

If you're seriously ready about this, I would suggest you to book a call with me. You know, just to understand your situation, your challenges and plan it out.

 I can help you get some clarity. What are your next milestones? What should you be doing on a weekly, monthly basis in order to get to your goal.

So book a call!

I'll link the calendar below so that you can, you can look, check out some times. Honestly, it's going to be 30 minutes, an hour, however much time you want.

And of course if you like what we talk about, I'm always here to help coach you because I have a lot of students who get referrals and jobs from Lyft, Facebook, Google, Instacart, all these different places and get interviews as quickly as in 2 weeks.

And I've seen this happen without them even applying online because it's so strategic, such an awesome way to approach this and only applicable in the tech industry.

So make sure you check it out below. There is a specific link to do that. Even you can even email me at bessy@inyour20s.com.

I'm here to help. 

Let me know if you have any questions and I'll see you in the next video!

About the Author

Bessy Tam is a career coach who helps marketers get into tech. She’s helped dozens of clients get interviews and offers from companies such as Google, Lyft, Amazon, and Mckinsey. She currently works at Google.

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