By Divyanshi Sharma: Thousands of techies have lost their jobs in the last few months which means that the tech job market is more competitive than ever at the moment. LinkedIn is full of posts from people who were fired from their companies as part of the tech layoffs and are hunting for new opportunities. And we all know how difficult it can get at times.
Usually, there are multiple rounds that a candidate needs to go through before getting hired and a lot of times, candidates face rejection in the last round of hiring which can be quite jarring.
A Microsoft employee shared her journey on LinkedIn and wrote that she was rejected thrice before securing a job with the tech giant. She also had some tips for job-seekers that would ensure a swifter journey.
Microsoft employee was rejected by company thrice
Starting off by talking about her experience, the Software Engineer wrote that she was rejected by Microsoft three times before getting hired.
“Yes, you read that right. I applied for Microsoft 3 times and got rejected every time. But I didn’t give up. I learned from my mistakes and improved my skills. And after 3 months of hard work and perseverance, I got an offer from Microsoft that I couldn’t refuse. How did I do it? Here are the 5 steps that helped me land my dream job,” she added.
Coming to the tips that she shared, the first one involved learning new skills and tech that are relevant to the role you are aiming for. Next is to practice coding problems on different platforms each day. Then, she added that one must apply for jobs on different recruitment portals and ensure that their resume and cover letter is customised for each job.
Talking about how to prepare for interviews, she wrote, “Prepare for the interviews by researching the company, the role, and the culture. Practice behavioural questions using the #STAR method.”‘
The next step involves following u p with recruiters and hiring managers after every interview for feedback, thanking them for their time and expressing interest in the role. Finally, she added that finding mentors who act as guides and support system is also crucial.”
About Microsoft layoffs
Microsoft announced laying off 10,000 people in January this year. CEO Satya Nadella had called the move necessary at the time and had informed employees about the layoff in an email. More recently, a couple of days back, Microsoft fired 276 people based in Washington, USA. A GeekWire report revealed the number of people laid off and also said that the departments that were impacted include customer service, support, and sales. 66 of the fired employees were working virtually.
Talking about the layoffs, a spokesperson told CNBC, “Organisational and workforce adjustments are a necessary and regular part of managing our business. We will continue to prioritise and invest in strategic growth areas for our future and in support of our customers and partners.”