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Heard any of these before?

“We’ve decided to move forward with other candidates.”

“We’ll keep your resume on file.”

“Thank you for taking the time to apply, but you were not selected for an interview.”

Or the worst reply of all: no response at all, as if you’d never taken the time to make and submit a personalized application.

Getting a first round interview when you apply to a job is tough.

Since I started helping people with their job searches, I’ve been sending out a survey before the first conversation. Out of the four options on the survey, over half the people I speak with report that “Getting first interviews” is the biggest stumbling block in their search.

Getting first round interviews is one of the hardest stages to be stuck in. Once you’re getting called in for interviews, you start to see what works and what doesn’t. Even if you don’t succeed right away, you get the feedback you need to improve. But when you’re applying over and over and hearing nothing back but formulaic rejections or silence, there’s not a clear way to get better. Clients have told me they felt like “there’s no point in continuing the search, since doing more work just leads to more rejection.”

Not getting the amount of interviews you want is a common and painful problem that I’ve helped dozens of people overcome, so I’ve written a 97-page Ebook purely focused on how to get first round interviews at tech companies. This system has helped people who have applied dozens or hundreds of times with little result get first interviews and feel hope in their job search once again.

If you’ve found yourself saying any of these things, you might benefit from this book:

  • “It feels like applying to jobs is pointless, since nothing ever happens after my application.”
  • “I haven’t job searched in a long time, and I don’t know where to start. All I know is that what I’m doing now isn’t working.”
  • “I do well in interviews, but I can’t get anyone to interview me in the first place!”
  • “All of these jobs require a few years of experience doing the exact same job. How does anyone get this experience in the first place?”
  • “I’ve heard I need to ‘network’, but what does that concretely mean I need to go out and do?”

Before you go any further, though, it’s important to know there isn’t one weird trick that fixes everything. This system will focus your effort in the right places, but getting interviews takes work. If you follow this system, you’ll be doing more work than almost anyone else applying to the same job, but you’ll also have a much higher chance of getting both the interview and the offer.

By the end of this book, you’ll know how most people apply to jobs, why it doesn’t work, and what I recommend you do instead. The book includes a step-by-step breakdown on how to get more first-round interviews, including:

  • Why most people work too much on their resume, and what few changes you need to make a big impact
  • How to pick companies that are most likely to interview you
  • How to get people at these companies to speak with you, even if you’ve never met those people before
  • How to conduct an excellent informational interview to learn valuable information other applicants won’t know
  • How to turn these informational interviews into personal introductions that skip the resume screening and get you an interview
  • An effective way of organizing this whole process

The recommended package is the “Full Guide” package, priced at $89. In addition to the book, it includes:

  • A question bank of over 100 informational, assessment, and diligence interview questions
  • Tested templates for reaching out to people you know directly (warm), people you’re getting an intro to (warm intros), and people you don’t know yet (cold)
  • Asking questions via email – you can ask a question per week about the book until three weeks after it’s finished, and I’ll either answer by email or clarify the book and send you an updated copy

Get the book, the resources, and the email support by clicking here

I recommend that package to get the full experience of the system, but if you’re budget constrained the “Ebook only” package for $49 will still be a great option. This doesn’t include anything but the book: no additional resources or email support. You can pay here to sign up.

Finally, if you want more help in your job search, the “Personal Support” package might be a fit. It costs $399, and includes:

  • Everything from the Full Guide package
  • Personalized written feedback on a group of five outreach emails you’ve sent, to help improve your response rates
  • Analysis of a recorded interview – I’ll give you written feedback on a real informational or assessment interview that you’ve had in the past, to help you get better company information & increase the chance of your interviewee recommending you as someone the company should consider
  • 30 minute group Q&A calls once a month for 3 months during an evening or weekend time (US Pacific timezone). These calls are capped at five attendees, so that you get personal attention.

To sign up for personal support and all the resources, you can pay here.