27% of college grads end up in a career related to their major. And guess what? I always thought that would be me
At 17, I picked a college major based on my lofty dream - To work for L’Oreal as a cosmetics chemist. I spent the next 5 years sacrificing social life and sleep to finish a degree in chemical engineering. To be honest, I hated it. But at least I’d have a stable career!
Or so I thought. Over the next 3 years, I was laid off twice. That most certainly wasn’t in my 5 year plan. Not only that, I hated working in manufacturing. I hated working shift hours, despite being salaried, and feeling bored with what I was tasked to solve. I felt creatively drained.
In late 2019, when I was laid off the 2nd time, I decided that ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH. Why spend more than 30% of my day doing something that brings me no joy? By then, I enjoyed dabbling in coding and networking in the tech community enough that I knew software engineering was the right path for me.
During the height of the pandemic, I poured all my time into coding. I spent many late nights wondering if I’m doing enough and if I was even good enough to get hired, especially in the shaky economy. I figured out how to stand out among the thousands of entry-level developers and learned to deal with rejection after rejection.
By September 2020, I landed a job at PayPal!!
I was shocked. 10 months of pure hard work with no CS degree or coding bootcamp certificate. AND I didn't get the job by applying online or referrals (my manager found me on LinkedIn). Hard to believe right? But the one thing I’ve learned for sure is that it’s truly never too late to start over.
So what does that mean for you?
The path into tech isn’t always linear!
Once I got my Software Engineer job, I noticed some major gaps in tech career advice:
- There were no career coaches who went down the self-taught route to become software engineers (they are usually recruiters or consultants with work experiences as SWEs) - All the blog, LinkedIn, and Instagram posts on advice were the same. Nothing that really helps someone change careers the self-taught way! - No one else was talking about how to land a job without applying online or referrals. I managed to crack that by experimenting on my own
If you’re ready to take the first steps into becoming a self-taught Software Engineer WITHOUT applying online and burning out… look no further.
Based on my experience working with hundreds of career changing clients, I’ve created a 4-step system that allows you to do just that!
Here's how Stephanie went from Animal Researcher to Software Engineer
This is a 6 months program created by a self-taught software engineer (yours truly) who has been in your shoes before and is focused on helping someone land a developer job WITHOUT having to apply online
Here are my top 3 goals for you when you join HIRED:
Build confidence in coding and telling your story. If you can't convince an employer that you are confident in your knowledge and coding abilities, then they won't be confident in hiring you.
Land opportunities without applying online. I'll show you the "hidden job market" and LinkedIn secrets with a proven strategy that got me, and dozens of clients, their first developer job.
Get a job in tech! My methods aren't the typical "apply to 200+ jobs until you get lucky with one". I'll show you how to be more methodical, how to harness the power of LinkedIn, and how you can network your way into a job.
We'll start out with a 45 min clarity to further expand on your goals, pinpoint the real roadblocks stopping you from reaching them, and clarify the steps for you to land a job in tech as a self-taught developer.
The fee for this call is $97 USD and is 100% refundable if you choose to go beyond the call and join HIRED. If not you'll get clear, actionable steps you can execute on your own to break into tech.
Projects and LinkedIn
We'll start out by polishing your existing projects and building new ones so that you'll stand out among the thousands of entry-level engineers. You'll learn how to solve bugs and build confidence in coding among your peers.
This is also the best time to learn how to optimize your LinkedIn profile. I'll be sharing all the secrets of how I've helped dozens of clients land opportunities without applying online.
Resume and Networking
It's one thing to land a job, but it's another to land interviews. Especially when changing careers. Your resume needs a refresh and we'll work on that together. Then, we'll discuss creative and realistic ways you can find jobs and land interviews WITHOUT applying online or relying on referrals.
You'll also work on networking online and offline. Nothing like making connections with people who you aspire to be! If you're apprehensive about networking, not to worry. I'll guide you on what to
Moving Through Interviews
While you apply to jobs, it's time to start practicing data structure and algorithm problems. These are essential to learn since it's one of the ways employers determine if you know how to code and solve problems. I'll be sharing what topics to learn and resources to use. And you'll practice your interview skills through mock interviews.
There are technical interviews, and then there are behavioral. Your personality, confidence level, and vibes can make or break the final decision. I'll review common questions you should expect, and what are the best questions to ask the interviewers.
The Finish Line
Last but not least, the salary negotiation. You want to know if you're getting paid fairly. We'll discuss what total compensation you can expect and what you can negotiate on (and it's more than just the salary). I've tried every salary negotiation script out there and knows what works.
And now...you've made it!
What It's Like To Work With Me
Marketing Student to Software Engineer
Stephanie is such a Great person and professional, she took me from knowing nothing abou the job market and linkedin with no degree to landing my first job only 2 weeks after she finished my resume, definitely worth it!
We are so confident in HIRED that we offer your money back if you are not completely satisfied. Our promise to you is that if you aren’t able to find interview opportunities without applying online within 3 months after the program is completed, then I will work with them 1:1 until you do.
We take our program seriously, but you have to show that you did ALL the work.
One Last Thing...
You have come this far with learning to code, but deep down you know it’s time to go to the next level.
You’re ready to break into tech without the frustration from rejections.
Now it’s time to make the decision. To either stay where you are or take the necessary steps to get to land a developer job the self-taught way.
I know the unknown can be scary, but with dozens of success stories, you can trust that we are here to support you along your journey. The last step is to trust yourself enough to make your dreams a reality.