A funny thing happens as your career progresses 👉 companies completely change their tack.
I remember when Google first reached out to me because of my blog back in college. Their attitude was very "Come tiny peasant, amuse us in a test of skill and mayhaps we decide you worthy"
Yeah, I went. Of course I went.
Got to on-site interviews in London and told everyone that hash tables are O(n) to access.
I did not get an offer.
Fast forward a few years and while I brushed with Google, Facebook, and Uber hiring departments a few more times, nothing beyond the phonecall stage. I wasn't that interested and neither were they.
Just recruiter folks filling their outreach quotas.
But then something changed. Over the past 1 or 2 years, recruiter tone got a new color.
I talked to a Google HR lady this week ... not a hint of "Come prove yourself to us". The whole conversation was very "So ... what can we do for you? What are your career goals? What do you want to work on? How can we entice you to apply?"
And I thought that was very interesting.
Maybe it's just that I've been at 1 company in The Bay Area long enough that I have proven myself by proxy?
Whatever it is, I wanted to say that it does get better. If you're struggling to get into tech, hang in there. It gets easier.