About Bessy Tam
HI, I'M BESSY
I'm a Tech Career Coach helping high performing professionals from traditional backgrounds land dream non-technical jobs in tech. I've been in the tech industry for 6+ years and helped clients even during economic crisis' land offers at Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Salesforce, Trunk Club, L2, startups & more.
Before getting into tech, I was a marketer in the same boat as you:
After a crazy journey, I got into Google, was promoted 2 times in 2 years, traveled to 9 different countries for work, and managed to move half-way around the world permanently.
Now I want to share all my secrets with you based on (a) my personal experiences transitioning into the tech industry and (b) my professional experiences interviewing tech candidates. Since I’ve started BessyTam.com in 2018, I’ve helped dozens of people get interviews and offers from Google, Facebook, Lyft, Amazon, Salesforce, L2, Stripe, Paypal, Trunk Club, Expedia, Alibaba, tech startups, and more.
My mission is to empower high performing professionals to be the most awesome person they can be by helping those who want to make a bigger impact get into the tech industry and have as much fun as they can throughout the transitions.
MORE ABOUT MY STORY
I was in my marketing job for 2 years and like you, I was trying to figure out whether this was what I want to do for my career.
I was doing really well but after my boss left, I thought that the picture didn’t add up. I didn’t have the support system that I needed to excel in my job anymore.
With that, I started thinking about applying for jobs, thinking that it’d take 3 months or so. Little did I know, by the time the 6-month mark came by, I had already applied to 100+ jobs but only 10 got back to me for interviews.
I was really frustrated, not only because I wasn’t getting any responses by applying online, but when I did get responses it was for marketing positions or those from my industry.
Worst of all, I knew that if I could just get the right discussions going, had the right network, or can even have just 30 minutes with the recruiter, I can really prove why I’m valuable.
In the end, I knew being back in marketing or in the same industry would be the easy route for me. However, I also knew I’d be completely miserable if I stayed.
One day, I decided to change my approach. Instead of applying continuously I started looking at what tech companies were looking for and how I could get my foot in the door.
Within the next 4 months, I experimented with my approach towards cover letters, resumes, interviews, and informational chats. I also built relevant experiences within my job at that time to get skillsets I needed.
My new system worked! I was getting interviews without chasing people.
Most importantly, I met a sponsor who helped me get my first interview at Google and all the hard work paid off!
I got my first tech interview in 1 week and offer in 2 weeks.
My success didn’t stop there.
I then got 2 promotions in 2 years and moved half-way around the world shortly after!
All while earning a 6-figures income by the age of 24.
From day one, I was excited to get to work, knowing that I could grow my career there and not have to job hunt again in 3 or 4 years.
I’m excited to go to work everyday to work with smart people in a family environment that fosters ideas.
I learn something new every moment of the day and can own projects that I love and can develop.
Most importantly, I’m more fulfilled because I know I am maximizing my learning potential. I also knew I wanted to move internationally and I did it! All within a few years.