Do you wish there was step-by-step guide you could follow to get an awesome job in the engineering or technology fields? Well, there is now! Welcome to Your Best Tech Job EVER.
This course will give you that step-by-step guide so you can stand out, beat the competition, and get strong offers at hot companies in the tech and engineering fields. All without wasting effort on things that don't work.
I developed this process to get my current job shooting stuff into space for a South African billionaire genius, after having great interviews with top companies like Google, Beats, Apple, the Hyperloop project, Kaiser Permanente and Medtronic, and actually getting multiple offers from several of them. I've also worked directly with job coaches and tech recruiters to make sure these best practices will work for you.
This is a complete, easy to follow program where each step builds upon the previous step. In this course we'll cover:
Each step has handouts and templates to make this process more effective and more fun, and I'm happy to answer your questions as you go through the course. I've taken the guesswork out of the process so you can focus on being your best.
In today's job market, great jobs don't always go to the smartest, or most connected, or even the best-looking (which I proved every time I interviewed) - they really come down to preparation and strategy. If you're a decent engineer, and you go through my lectures and do my assignments, you'll be scoring interviews and on your way to an awesome job that might be more interesting, more fulfilling, and help you build your skills and make more money down the road.
I'm really excited to get started with you, so check out the course description and preview content, and sign up if it's right for you. Let's take the first step towards Your Best Tech Job EVER!
How Getting Your Best Tech Job EVER. works. Setting expectations on both sides. How much time to put into your job search.
Not required for the course, but hopefully helpful background. My educational and professional experience, and how something I learned taking business classes helped me be a better applicant for engineering jobs.
Not required for the course, but hopefully helpful background. A short description of my recruiting process with SpaceX.
Not required for the course, but hopefully helpful background. ~90 seconds of me talking about my job, why I like it, and how much engineering it actually is.
Motivation is everything, so start your job search plan by pinpointing some "whys" that resonate with you. Also, check out the supplemental resources on today's job market.
Let's get to work! Your first handout awaits. When you complete it, you'll have the makings of a personalized job-hunting strategy, and you'll be ready to find some opportunities that are a great fit for you.
Two handouts here to help you get your social profile ready for prime time, and identify who to contact for opportunities. This will pay dividends as you progress in your search.
You're 25% done. Happy dance!
Networking gets a bad rap, but you can do it well and still keep your soul. Check out this perspective on making professional connections, and try my cold email script with some new contacts.
Open the linked resume and watch how I tailored my application, which got me interviews at Beats.
Open the linked resume and watch how I tailored my application, which got me interviews at Kaiser Permanente.
Open the linked resume and watch how I tailored my application, which got me interviews at Google.
Check out the linked application video, and watch this video to learn that it doesn't take much to get a hiring team's attention - just present a cool project you worked on!
Check out the linked handout for a guide on making your own attention-getting application, using work that you've already done.
Check out the linked handout and listen to four more examples of attention-getting applications for inspiration - then, start making your own.
You've watched 50% of the videos. Good job. Now keep it up, because there's a lot of important content coming up!
Check out the linked handout and this must-watch guide for how to prepare for (and not mess up) a critical phone interview.
How I failed a phone interview with Google, despite knowing all the right things to do. Don't let this happen to you!
Open the linked presentation and let me take you through each step of my actual presentation with Beats. This kicked off a great day of interviews and eventually a job offer as a Sr. EE.
Open the linked presentation and let me take you through each step of my actual presentation with SpaceX. This kicked off a great day of interviews and eventually a job offer as a Systems Engineer.
Check out the linked handout, and learn why preparing a solid presentation actually prepares you to set the tone for your day of interviews.
Impressive, you're at 75%. Keep it up, you've stuck it out this far!
Be prepared for 1-on-1 interviews. Know what points you want to make, and understand what the interviewer's objectives may be.
Engineering interviews often involve drawing and talking through a design on a whiteboard. Here's how to prepare.
Despite all your planning, some questions will take you by surprise. Anticipate the most commonly asked questions, and know how to get partial credit and turn a bad answer into a decent one.
Make the most of these opportunities to ask insightful questions, help carry the conversation, and position yourself as someone who already fits into their team.
For most engineers, interviewing with executives is a new experience, but it's likely to happen at some point in the process. Here are the key takeaways to make a great impression if given the opportunity.
You're likely interviewing with more than one company at a time. Manage this process well, and it will save you stress and give you an advantage when your job offers come in.
In order to manage the recruiting process, you may need to reschedule interviews. Here's a credible way to do that.
Check out the linked handout on comparing multiple offers, and make respectful yet credible counteroffers while using the negotiation to build your relationship with the company even further.
Way to go! You've made it through the core of the course. Here are some things to keep in mind as you go out and get your Best Tech Job EVER!
I answer a common question about how soon to follow up an interview.
I answer a common question about how to apply even without a strong personal connection. If you can find ANY connection, you can make the most of it with a great approach.
I answer a common question about how to prepare for an interview, even if you're introverted and get nervous. I'm like that, too, and this is the method that works for me.
I answer a common question about how often it OK to switch jobs. This answer is different depending on your career experience and track record.
I've been an engineer for 11 years, spanning several disciplines (manufacturing & processes, hardware, software, and now systems) as well as technical project management and business development. I have a BSEE from UC San DIego, an MBA from UCLA, and training in Design For Six Sigma. I've been a tutor and can relate to both students and working professionals.
My teaching approach is to build materials that I wish were available when I first needed them. I enjoy tutoring and helping students improve their skills. I also incorporate research and actual career questions into my teaching, and improve my material whenever possible. I hope that you will find my course easy to relate to, understand, and put into practice, and I wish you much success!