By January 30, 2020

STOP! Don’t Apply To Jobs ANYMORE

If you're a developer, you're probably looking for a job And if you're looking for a job, applying to jobs is the first thing that comes to mind. After all, you need to get that job ASAP.

When you apply to jobs, you go to the companies website, fill out all their information even give them a cover letter some times. You spend maybe 30 minutes applying all for this company that will spend 10-20 seconds looking at your resume and quickly decide if you are a good fit or not.

I'm pretty sure it doesn't sound so good when you put it that way.

What do you do, then? You make companies reach out to you. You make THEM go out and look for YOU. And that is the ideal scenario.

I wanted to make you think before you apply to another job.

What is more important? Spending that 30 minutes to applying to one job with a low percentage of success? Or is it better to create a product that solves a problem you or other people are having and have the job come to you? #programmingjob #programming #coding

Transcript Of The Video

Antonio Cucciniello: Just stop applying to jobs already, man. Why are you still applying to jobs? We're going to take a look at two different scenarios. One where you apply to get a job and one where the employer reaches out to you to get one.

When you apply to jobs, you go to the company's website, you fill out an application. You give them all your information that they need for the job, you even do a cover letter just for them sometimes, you may be change up your resume just for them. What does that take? Maybe 30 minutes just to apply to one company. Guess what? The company only spends 15 to 20 seconds taking a look at your resume for their software engineering job. That's it. 15 to 20 seconds. They're instantly just trying to judge if you're a good fit or not, and it's really hard to tell that about someone in 10, 20 seconds, especially after you put 30 minutes into this application just to get the job. Just to get the interview, not even the job. What was I saying? Not even the job, just the interview. Not only that, but they're also doing this to hundreds of other people. So you are fighting against hundreds of other people for 15 seconds, 20 seconds, 10 seconds of attention on your resume just to get that back end developer position.

Now let's look at scenario two. You've been a mobile developer and as you've been developing, you've come up with some open source repositories, open source packages on your GitHub account that has helped you program the things that you've been doing regularly, but you also gave it out to other people for free. Let's say it was a package that helps you render different components on a mobile app. Now, Google just so happens to be looking for a mobile developer on their front end team. Now, Google is paying tons and tons of recruiters to constantly scour the internet looking for the best talent in every single area. So all you've done is programmed on your own, worked on packages, things that have helped you, and Google now reaches out to you because they see that you're a leader in this space. They ask if you want an interview for a position on their mobile front end team. They have been looking for someone just like you to fill this position.

Okay, now let's analyze both scenarios. Let's analyze in both. Scenario one, you already gave this company 30 minutes of your life and they had paid you $0 and giving you 15 to 20 seconds back. Scenario number two, you have only improved your life and improved your skill sets and Google has spent at least 10 to 15 minutes looking through your blog, your website, your code online, just to see if you're a good fit and offer you an interview. So you've gotten time from them and an interview already. A foot in the door higher than you were in scenario one. What kind of power or leverage do you think, if you come into a scenario where you have already spent more time and more effort working for someone else versus the position where you've just been doing your own thing? You've been benefiting yourself and helping others, and someone else comes in asking you for help. Which position do you think you have more leveraging? The right answer is two.

Now, my stories might not go exactly as planned. There's a few caveats. It doesn't always turn out that there's a position in the type of programming you're doing, and this happened to me for 12 months. I was programming Alexa Skills and no one wanted them. No one was looking for it. So no one came after me until 14 months in when someone did. Also, all of that code that's on GitHub in the open source repositories, that's something you're going to have to put time and effort in and it's going to have to be good. If it's bad, no one's going to want to hire you. So if you're putting good things out there in a space where there's actually a need for it, then the chances of you getting a job, one that is high quality, one that you might want, increases instantly because your leverage and your power go up and you're not doing work for someone else before they give you the light of day. So I'll ask you this again, why are you still applying to jobs? Think about that.

About the author

    Antonio Cucciniello

    Antonio truly believes that if you want to take control of your life you must go take action. If you believe that or need help taking action towards your goals, make sure to check out his YouTube Channel!