My Networking Process That Landed Me A $100k+ Programming Job
When most programmers ask me about networking, what they are really asking about is how they can use people to get what they want.
I’m not about that at all—in fact, my personal philosophy—and the one I firmly believe you have to have for true success—is to figure out how you can give as many people as possible what they want… or even better, what they need.
Still, networking can be extremely valuable and essential to advancing your career if you do it correctly.
So if you have watched a few of these past videos I am breaking down what I did to get a job as a programmer at NBC Universal which was a job that had met all of my expectations.
So what are the takeaways for you? This exact process I made to reach out to new people is something that most people won't do because people will not go the extra mile. My whole job search is a testament of how going the extra mile separates you from everyone else. If you do what other people will not, you reduce your competition significantly.
In this video I'll share the exact process I've used to network with key programmers and how it landed me a $110k+ programming job.
Transcript Of The Video
Antonio Cucciniello: I bet you that 99% of you won't do this, even after I tell you to.
Hey guys, I'm Antonio, and if you're looking to get your dream job as a developer, you are in the right place. Let me tell you how I got the programming job of my dreams by going the extra mile.
So, if you've been watching the past few videos I've done, I'm talking about the job that I got at NBC Universal. It was a job that met all of my expectations at the time. So, I quit my first job working on iris detection technology at SRI International, all just to shift to web development. I was left not knowing much about web development and had to pick up the pieces and figure things out along the way. I started just like everyone else, going down the conventional route. I shot a bunch of resumes out there thinking that at least one of them would pay off.
And looking back at it, I realized how stupid that sounded. After sending about 100 resumes, and three months later I think I might have had like one or two interviews. As you probably found out the hard way, sending resumes in through a job application is by far the hardest way to get a job.
Now, I saw this problem, and at the same time I was running out of all the money I had in my savings account. I couldn't last like this for much longer. So I started to think how could I overcome this problem? So, I spent some time brainstorming, and I came up with a few things. I realized that most people were probably passing me up because I had zero web development experience at the time. I had one side project that I had built.
The first thing to do was to learn more about web development, simply by taking on more side projects. Now, I figured that that would help patch the lack of experience I had in the topic. This helped. From some of the applications I sent, I increased my conversion rate from 0.02% to 0.1%, maybe, and that might be pushing it. So I was thinking there has to be a better way.
I decided then to start doing some in person work. Most people get their jobs by referrals, so I joined meetups in my area in New Jersey, and I also joined a few meetups in New York City, which is where I joined the job. Here I met a few recruiters and a few engineers at different companies, and they started teaching me a few tips and tricks about web development and how to get jobs.
Unfortunately though, most of them did not have openings for me at their company that matched my skill set and what I was looking to do. But, it led me to an idea, what if I could reach more software engineers in New York without actually having to be there at the time?
What I did was I started looking for companies that open positions, ones that matches exactly what I was looking for. I think went over to LinkedIn to check to see if there were managers and engineers at the company that I could contact and build a relationship with them. And then ask them if they had any open junior software engineering positions at the time.
Now, 99.9% of people will not do this for a job, which is why it's so crucial and why it separates you apart. I probably had about a 10% conversion rate doing this method, versus every other method I had tried. The combination of working on my technical skills, which beefed up my resume, and at the same time I was trying to meet new people through the internet, and making a real connection with them so they would want to help me get through the interview process at their company.
So, what are the take aways for you? This exact process I did, most people will not do because it involves going the extra mile. My whole job search is a testament of how going the extra mile pays off in the end. It took me 14 months to get the job that I wanted with prior experience and a degree, but if you keep doing what other people will not do, you will absolutely reduce your competition significantly. And it will pay off in the end. Heck, for some of these cold emails, I even built full projects for that company, to make them want to open up the email even more.
Now, spending all that time on one company is a little risky, but the best part is, is that has the highest chance of succeeding. So, what are you waiting for then? Go take action by going the extra mile. It will absolutely separate you from the competition and increase your chances of getting a job. Here at Simple Programmer, we make the complex simple. Join us for another video by clicking the ones on the screen right now, and I'll catch you all in the next one. Have a great day.