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How to Find Out What Job is The Right Fit For You (Part 1 of 3)

Step 1:  Find Out What You Want

I didn't always know what I wanted

Especially when I felt stuck and dissatisfied in marketing and went to random Google events like in the picture.

By the way, none of the events I went to led to my job at Google. So if you're going to events to try to get a job.. stop!

The people on my team were very status quo. Instead of following along, I felt frustrated. I remember vividly, I was at my desk in the office, facing the front door watching people walk around while I built spreadsheets on my computer. 

I felt lost. Instead of working on strategic projects and collaborating with others from start to finish, everyone worked at their own desks.

I didn't even know whether what I worked on was impactful, I was just told what to do. And I would look at my desk everyday, wondering why there were processes like this? And why do things have to go through 10 chains of command?

Worst of all, I felt like it was my fault - maybe I wasn't good enough to be strategic,. 

I knew I couldn't keep going like this -  Just peaks and troughs, peaks and troughs. But I didn't know what job I could do nor what I wanted. But what I did know was that I didn't want that. 

That if I continued on, I would have been very depressed.

How I Found Out What I Wanted

So I went on a journey.

Instead of being complacent, I tried to talk to people, and find out what I really want to be doing. After talking to so many people, all I knew I just didn't want a career in traditional marketing or sales  but I didn't know what I wanted!

I felt like a master of none but didn't want to pigeon hole myself in something and regret it later on.

After so many months of figuring things out, reading books and talking to experts in the field who truly loved their careers, I realized no one was going to tell you what you want.

The answer is within everyone -  And I found the every first step that got me to figure out what I wanted was asking myself  5 questions.

NOTE: No one ever handed me these 5 questions - It took me 10 months of reading 30+ books, watching tons of videos, and meeting 300+ people (8 people I met and 70 people I spoke with on Tinder) to put the pieces together and attribute my success back to these 5 specific questions

That's why I wanted to share it with you!

So get a pen and paper with a timer for 5-10 mins (or leverage Microsoft/Google Docs!) and follow the video!

This is 1st of a 3-PART SERIES to Find Out What Job is The Right Fit For You (Part 1 of 3).

  1. Finding out what you want to do (this video/article)
  2.  Bringing out your strengths
  3.  Leveraging your current assets and experiences 

PS if you don't want to follow the video, you can keep scrolling down to read it in article form

5 Groundbreaking Questions to Find Out What You Want

Your Career is Like a Jungle Gym

Before I step into the core component of this video, I wanted to talk a little bit more about the two specific objectives.

First is having, knowing what you want to do is not actually about having one career but many careers. So Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook famously said that you should think of your career not as a ladder, but as a jungle gym.

Different jobs or different careers should, should link up together in many different ways so that you can connect the dots and see a bigger picture that ladders fours what you want to do.

It's the Non-Negotiables that Matter

Second of all, it's the non-negotiables that matter.

So, these are things that are traits of your life instead of just the job itself.

These are, you know, relationships, a workplace balance, lifestyle. Ask yourself, what are your nonnegotiables when it comes to a dream job?

  • Are you traveling?
  • How many people are you working with?
  • How does health or the environment play into this?
  • What does the support you get from your career, mentorship, etc look like?

So these are not necessarily the core of what you want to do, but are  supporting factors towards what your life should look like.

That's what we want to cover today, especially in the 5 different questions you should ask yourself in order to find out what you want to do.

How to Make the Most Out of These 5 Questions

Before I ask these five questions, I would love for you to take a notebook and pen out so that you can write out the question, but also your answer to it.

Your answers should be as thorough as you can - Whether it's one full page, bullet points or even five pages of just notes. I usually like to have some calming music behind the scenes as well so that I can kind of think through my answers and be able to visualize and be able to answer my questions for me.

The set a timer of maybe 5 minutes per question where you can answer it thoroughly before you jump to the next question.

Question 1: What would you be doing if fear was not a factor?

 A lot of times we lead our life with fear.

  • What would people think?
  • what would people say?
  •  I'm not right for this. I'm not ready for this.

But if there was not a factor, what would you be doing

Would you be...:

  • Doing more speaker events?
  • Would you be coaching more people and mentoring people, whether they're in high school, college or people in your company?
  • Would you be leading a specific project that you wanted to leave but didn't have the courage say "Yes!" to?

For me, the fact that I'm here filming this video and writing this article) is really scary to me. What if there's people who say that my video is not good?

However, I know that I need to share my message more with people out in the world because everything that I share with you are tools that I've used in order to help me with my career.

Question 2: Who do I want to be like when I grow up?

This question allows us to have someone to look forward to who has the traits of a life that we want.

Generally, it's easier for us to identify the things that we want or don't want versus brainstorming it on our own.

For example, I really love the work ethic and passion and enthusiasm and creativity that Beyonce brings (video). 

At the same time, I love the audacity,  the helpfulness, and the caring nature that Oprah brings to the table that allows her to help a lot more people.

Ask yourself:

  • Who do I want to be like?
  • What do they do on a daily basis?
  • What kind of work do they do in order to make them who they are?
  • What do I like about them? What do I not want to take it from them?

So it doesn't have to be one person. It could be many people. The goal is to be able to visualize these are things I really want to do, that I want my lifestyle to be like that.

Question 3: When were you most in the zone? What moment are you most proud of?

So this is a passion or exercise I put into my 7-day free email course as well.

This question is awesome because it will help us understand what makes us really excited in the end.

A career is very, very fulfilling as long as we're excited about it because every day we're at our jobs 8 hours out of the 24 hours in a day.  And of course if you're an entrepreneur it might be more hours  than that

With that in mind, we need to make sure that we are in the zone or doing work that we love and truly enjoy.

For example, I was most in the zone when I was leading my dance team in college. It is a while back, but it's definitely something I think about all the time.

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And something I strive for reason was because I was leading an organization of 80 people and was able to sell out all of our shows on a bi-annual basis. Everyone was so amazing and I was able to be creative as well as, uh, holding a managerial position that I can see myself doing in the future.

Question 3a: Ask your colleagues/peers "When did you see me in the zone or in my element the most? What brings it out? "

Another thing that you could do as a subset of this question is actually ask peers, when did you see me in the zone the most or in my element most?

You could ask them, "What are my weaknesses? What would bring it out?"

Feel free to approach it as an ask a part of your new goal or new way of learning  yourself and asking them for advice.

In an email BCC-ing everyone, you could say:

"I need your help! I would love to learn more about myself  this year. Specifically,  be able to hone into my strengths and also develop my weaknesses.

We've worked really closely in the past (or I've known you for X years now) and I truly hold your opinion in the highest regard. It'd be a greatest gift to me if you're able to provide feedback even if it takes you 2-5 minutes.  

When you have moment, are you able to share this insight by replying directly to this email?

  • When have you seen me do my best work or am "in the zone". What brings it out?
  • What are my weaknesses? What brings it out?

I'd really appreciate your feedback and it'd truly be a gift to me!



Question 4: If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?

The reason why this question is great is because of the things into perspective. If today were your last day or last 24 hours, you'd be able to understand what is the desired impact you would want to make from your life.

Even if you wanted to impact those around you or the world, it doesn't mean you're going to jump into this job or lifestyle tomorrow.

For example, for the last day of my life, I want to spend time with my family, be able to travel, and be able to impact a lot more people to get their dream jobs.

I may or may not be able to do that today, but it's something that I have in mind to be able to strive for.

Question 5: What does your ideal day look like? 

Let's say  if it was an ideal Saturday or Sunday, what would you doing?

If you weren't watching TV or eating meals or sleeping, what would you be doing that would make that day ideal?

A good exercise is to actually walk through the day from start to finish. 

  • What time would you wake up?
  • Where would you wake up?
  • What does it look like?
  • Who's around you?  Who is with you after you wake up, you know, are you with your family? Are you sending your kids to school?
  • Are you working on key projects, writing a book, reading keynotes?
  • What do your meals look like? Are you cooking them? Do you have a chef, personal chef?
  • Are you flying to different places? Planning for travel?
  • What does your work look like? Are you helping people online? Do you have a team in person? Are you in the office?

I asked this question to one of my students and friends before and she said that her ideal day would be in the office working with her team and actually storyboarding a brand campaign with post-its on the wall.

It's really interesting how everyone's perspectives are very different and she finally understood what she wanted to do!

 But thinking about a typical Saturday would be very helpful so that you can completely visualize that day into your notebook and write it down.


So here are the 5 different questions that you can ask yourself in order to find out what you actually want - make sure you spend 5-10 minutes on each question and type it out/write it in a notebook.

  1. What would you be doing if fear was not a factor?
  2. Who do I want to be like when I grow up?
  3. When was I most in the zone? What moment was I most proud of?
  4. If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?
  5. What does your ideal day look like?

Comment below if you liked this video - tell me, what was your favorite question and why? What did you find out?

From Finance to LinkedIn – Ebony’s Story

Ebony knew she wanted to get into tech but didn't know which role or company she should go for. With Bessy's help in her all-in-one coaching program, Ebony successfully transitioned from a Marketing role in a Finance Company to her dream  job in LinkedIn.

With her new dream career in tech, she’s now able to :

  • Earn 2X her previous salary
  • Get more flexibility to work from home
  • Have paid-for opportunities to travel around the world to Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Chicago, and San Francisco
  • Work in a place with smart people where she can learn everyday and grow in her career.

In this 3 minute video, Ebony shares her enthusiasm about wanting to work in tech, frustrations in landing a job in tech, why she chose to work with me, the exact coaching program we went through, and who she recommends these programs for.

I’ve also added the timestamps here and in the description so you can find specific sections more easily

  • 01:57 - Why Tech
  • 02:05 - Challenges before Working with Bessy
  • 02:30 - Why Bessy
  • 03:03 - Program Details & Step by Step
  • 04:11 - Recommendations
  • 04:56 - Book a Call!

Without further ado, here’s Ebony! 

PS If you don't want to view the video, you can scroll down to read the transcript too


Ebony's Background: Marketing in a Bank

Where Ebony Ended Up: Account Executive in LinkedIn

In Ebony's Own Words

Hi guys,

This is Ebony! So I’m currently on my vacation because I just landed a job, my dream job at LinkedIn.

Before I got into tech, I was actually in the Finance industry doing business development and marketing. I was interested in tech. I really liked the culture as well as the environment that everything evolves quickly. 

There were 2 major challenges that I was facing when I wanted to get into tech.

  1. I’m not exactly sure which role I should go for or what I should be applying for.
  2. The second challenge that I faced was since I was changing from a different industry, I knew it was a lot harder to get interviews if I just hit the apply button online.

"Since I was changing from a different industry, I knew it was a lot harder to get interviews if I just hit the apply button online."

Bessy offered tremendous help for me during my entire job hunting process and helped me to get the interviews and finally landed my dream job in LinkedIn.

I was really inspired by Bessy’s experience in tech and how she got into the tech industry from a non tech background. And another reason why I chose to work with her was because she is in the tech industry and she knew exactly the interview process as well as the kind of questions you’d be asked.

During the entire process, there were different things we covered. First of all, we did a couple of session on the resume revamp. By going through my background, Bessy found out what our my good advantages.

It really gave me more confidence on my resume to showcase my previous accomplishments. We added those numbers and data points to support what I did which helped me to get interviews even only with just the resume.

We also had a couple of sessions to go through companies or the roles that I can try. The next step, we discussed how to approach these companies strategically to find out what the roles really covers and what the kind of person they’re looking for in that role.

Later when I got different interviews or informational chats, we went through the different questions they may ask and prepared an interview prep sheet. It’s really structured. If you don’t know what is the STAR method, you would know later if you work with Bessy.

"The overall process was very strategic. It helped me know more about myself - what I’m interested, what really fits me, and where I wanted to go. "

The overall process was very strategic. It helped me know more about myself - what I’m interested, what really fits me, and where I wanted to go.

I learned so much Bessy, and this coaching program is definitely something I recommend for people who want to land a job in tech, for people who are thinking of making a career change, if you need any help with the interviews or if you need any help with the resume.

I’m so grateful that I have her to support me. She’s super nice and super supportive. I’m so happy about it and also am excited for my new role as well!

From Real-Estate to Facebook/Netflix – Lucy’s Story

How would you react if you got into Facebook or Netflix?

Insert Jonah Hill screaming gif

Yup, that was me

Except I was screaming in excitement because my student Lucy got into Facebook/Netflix! 

A lot of people ask me why I started this site - and honestly, THIS is the reason why:

  • To help people change their lives
  • earn 2X their salary compared to their previous job
  • get to work in their dream companies with the smartest people ever
  • and gain fulfillment at work leading and owning their own projects.

And I know how hard it is to get into tech with a non-technical background in a non-tech industry. I even filmed a video about my experiences getting into Google from a marketing background.

That’s why it’s even more rewarding for me to be able to help people like Lucy get into Facebook/Netflix, or other students like Laurie get into a startup and then Salesforce and Ebony into LinkedIn using my strategies.


Lucy's Background: Data Analyst, Real-Estate Firm

Where Lucy Ended Up: Data Engineer, Facebook/Netflix (preferred to not specify)

How Does Bessy Come Into the Picture?

Feel free to check out the 3 minute video above or scroll to read the overview and transcript below.

Lucy joined me in my Interview Preparation Program. She had an interview coming up in 2-3 weeks but didn’t know how to prepare for it, specifically how to tell her story in a compelling way.

This package included 4 simple steps prior to her interviews:

  1. Providing Lucy with 25+ of the Most Common Questions Asked (predicts 98%+ of all questions asked)
  2. Guiding Lucy on How to Answer the Questions The Right Way
  3. Editing Lucy’s Answers Hands on In the Google Doc
  4. Providing Lucy with Mock Interview(s) Each 1-1.5 Hours Long with Feedback

Lucy was able to leverage this package and ace her 14 interviews. She was way less nervous and avoided getting “caught off guard” since we were able to predict all of the questions. 

Most importantly, she was able to be more personable, make fun conversation, and stay present with her interviewers instead of constantly thinking of what she should say next.

She aced her interviews both onsite and on video conference, a total of 6 interviews at Facebook and 8 at Netflix. She successfully got into one of the two FAANG tech companies after using my techniques and switched from being an Analyst in a Real-Estate Company to a Data Engineer in Facebook/Netflix.

More importantly, she was able to get a 2X salary increase and a few weeks of holidays before starting her new position

More questions? Book a free call with me at inyour20s.com/free-call

In Lucy's Own Words:

If you want to watch/listen to it in video you can by clicking the links below. The video is 3min total. Otherwise you can scroll down

  • Intro: 0:00
  • Lucy's Testimonial/Own Words 0:53

"My main challenge was looking for a structure to answer the behavioral questions and to organize my stories in a way that can fit any scenario."

Before working with Bessy, my main challenge was looking for a structure to answer the behavioral questions or to organize my stories in a way that can fit any scenario.  I found Bessy through the website from Ramit Sethi. 

I guess at that time, I was looking for someone to help with preparing my preparing my behavioral interviews and help me comb through my answers and bring out my best stories.

I reached out to a few people and Bessy had the most personable approach which I think really helps. She also works in a tech company so she has a lot more insight on the interviews so that's why I chose to work with Bessy.

"Bessy had the most personable approach which I think really helps. She also works in a tech company so she has a lot more insight on the interviews so that's why I chose to work with Bessy."

Bessy, she really took the time to  get to know my background and stories and my goals. This is unlike other people I've talked to, they just provide the very generic solution for your problem

After working with Bessy, I felt a lot more confident when answering my interview questions (for Facebook and Netflix). And a lot less nervous. I was able to think clearly when I was speaking to my experience and using a more structured way (that Bessy provided) to answer the questions for Netflix and Facebook.

I ended up getting an offer for one of the companies and getting 2x in my overall pay. I was finally able to work in a company I like, a FAANG company ,  and one I've been dreaming of working at for so many years!

I would recommend Bessy for anyone who are looking to get into technology and had worked in traditional industries.

If you're working with Bessy, she would provide you with the very detailed structures. You should expect to do your own homework and dig into your past experiences because you know your own experiences the best. She will provide you (hands-on) guidance and answer any questions you have.

More questions? Book a free call with Bessy at inyour20s.com/free-call

From Non-Profit to Tech – Siobhan’s Story

Bessy's help has been tremendous. I couldn't be happier with what my resume looks like right now and I can't wait to share some bits of it with you all. Thank you so much Bessy! I really appreciate that you took the time to hear me out and actually guide me through the whole process. I really feel that, you know life, in my twenties as in so scary anymore.

In Siobhan's Own Words:

I spent countless hours googling how I could fix my resume on the Internet, but it turned out all I needed was Bessy. Bessy was super helpful and was able to take out a lot of the guesswork and really have concrete things to say about my resume and we could figure out how to reword  things together.

Bear in mind that the Resume Revamp package is not having Bessy do your resume for you. It's a collaborative open process where you can bounce ideas off of each other and figure out what you like in your current job and how you can advance in your career.

I'm really excited that she gave me tips on how to communicate with my coworkers and my supervisor and it's made my life and worked much easier. After reading through the blog posts on InYour20s.com I was super interested and I knew I just had to talk to Bessy.

I sent her an email and we scheduled a time to chat over Google Hangouts.

We spent around an hour, an hour and a half, talking about my career goals, our backgrounds and  how tech companies operate. I work in a nonprofit currently and I love it, but I'm always curious to know what it's like working for a tech company, especially since I live in Seattle.

It was super great and we got to connect and  think about whether I would like to pursue a different type of career in the next couple of years and how I could  work on my resume currently and build up skills.

In the future if I do decide to move to tech that I can have a better chance of getting in.

The process again by sending Bessy a couple of versions of my recipe. I went deep deep into my Google drive and found versions of my resume 2014 before I had graduated from college, 2016 after I graduated from college, and a current draft that I was working on.

We went deep into my career history. We talked about each job and internship that I've ever had - what I liked about it, what I didn't like about it, and the projects that I've done.

It was really useful to dive deep into my skills and figure out how I can present myself as a great candidate.

Apart from actually working on a new resume, I was very interested in learning more about Bessy's experiences working in tech and also how I could make myself a better candidate for future job applications and grow in my career. Bessy has really great work life balance - something that I would really love to emulate.

I met Bessy through Instagram's Crazy Rich Asians Hashtag. I was browsing through the hashtag after I had done an interview with Henry Golding and John M. Chu and I wanted to see what other types of interviews that they've done and I found Bessy's picture with them.  It was super cool!

So I found out that Bessy works at Google, she loves to travel, she loves to eat, and she's from Hong Kong. So I was interested in her life and actually clicked the link in her bio and found her website InYour20s.com.

It came at a great time because I was  thinking about seeking out help from a career coach and thinking about what I wanted in the next couple of years in my life!

Working with Bessy was worth every penny - you don't meet people who are in your corner and eager to share everything they know with you very often. She's effortlessly friendly,  has a great sense of humor, AND is intimidating in the best way possible - she truly knows what she's doing, and will call you out when needed, with a whole lot of love.

I lovingly refer to her as my career coach, but most of the time, I think of her as my career whisperer (how cheesy). I'd 100% recommend working with Bessy, you won't regret it.

 If you're ready to take it to the next level like Siobhan did... 

 Schedule a FREE 1-hour call now! We'll walk through your current status, resume, goals, and any questions you may have to speed up your career transition into tech!

From Travel to Sortable then SalesForce – Laurie’s Story

Laurie knew she needed to make a change when she wasn’t looking forward to going to work anymore.  She approached Bessy knowing that tech companies had the exact criteria she needed in jobs that would suit Laurie, and they worked together to revamp Laurie’s resume and figure out which companies to talk to. Laurie applied to a select few jobs, only ended up accepting interviews with Hootsuite and Sortable, and eventually accepted the role at Sortable as an Account Executive.

After 1 year, she leveraged Bessy's strategies to land her dream role in SalesForce

Background: Associate Marketing Manager at Expedia, Toronto

How She Got a Job in Tech Through Bessy’s Programs: She decided to leverage Bessy’s tech specific knowledge and proactive approach to revamp her resume and make sure she’s top of mind for employers among all candidates.

Results: Laurie leveraged Bessy’s help to selectively and and strategically apply to jobs. Within 3 months, Laurie secured a job with an ad tech SaaS company that matched all of her criteria for an ideal role and company.

“It was just a cycle of wane and wax, wane and wax. It was when I was down more than I was up that I knew I got to make a change.”

Laurie wasn’t growing or learning at her job anymore. She was frustrated and stuck in her comfort zone.

She was a veteran at her previous company and knew the job inside and out.

Gradually, it became more and more difficult for Laurie to get up in the mornings and be excited to go to work. This was when she knew she needed to make a change.

For a while, Laurie tried to do it on her own

Laurie passively fired off her resume to maybe a hundred roles and just wasn’t hearing anything back.

“Without [Bessy], I would've tried multiple times now and become increasingly dejected because I felt like I wasn't the candidate any of these companies was looking for.”

It made her feel like maybe she didn’t have the qualifications needed to land a job. Laurie didn’t know how else to approach the job process since she’s only done it once before, over 4 years ago, and was at a loss about what else she could do.   

It was at this point that Laurie reached out to Bessy. By changing her approach to a proactive one under Bessy’s guidance, this made all the difference.

First Step: Building Her “Criteria List”

Bessy guided Laurie to start by coming up with a list of things that Laurie wanted in her next position. These were things that were important to her in a company.

Throughout the job search process, Laurie found this really helpful. Bessy would encourage Laurie to remember that at the same time companies were vetting Laurie as a candidate, she should be doing her part to ensure that the company is the right fit to her as well.

Armed with this criteria list, they were able to narrow down a list of ideal companies. Bessy and Laurie then worked together to tailor her resume by putting an emphasis on Laurie’s experiences and skill sets that made her a good candidate for these specific roles.

Second Step: The Resume Revamp

“Everyone knows that your resume should be very results-oriented but I didn't necessarily how to structure or phrase it in the best way possible.”

Bessy helped Laurie transform her resume in merely 2-3 hours by  adding elements of what exactly tech companies were looking for and how to make her resume more directed.

Laurie immediately got responses from the tech job market and proceeded to initiate strategic conversations that helped her learn more about the roles, team morale, vision, business challenges, and working style in the various companies.

Third Step: Pre-Interview Homework

“One thing that was really helpful was your encouragement to not wait for the right opportunity to come up necessarily but to start having those conversations with companies early”

With Bessy’s help, Laurie crafted the right questions to ask and identified the right people to target for conversations both online and among her network.

These conversations paid off big time.

Fourth Step: Getting Cross-Industry Offers

Laurie did not have prior experience in advertising technology nor Software as a Service (SaaS). By doing her due diligence on the companies to align her experiences and skill sets with the respective roles, Laurie demonstrated that she was a go-getter and convinced the companies that she was the right candidate for the job.

Laurie later found out that she was the only candidate who had proactively reached out to current employees to vet the companies during the job process. She learned to ask the right questions and was given actual company decks from the employees, which assisted in her interviews and presentations.

“When I started at my new jobs, I was approached by execs who had heard about and were impressed by my interview approach.”

Bessy’s Value

Bessy guided Laurie through the job process from start to finish, including help with the job search, interview process, contract negotiation and eventually acceptance.  Bessy continued to provide value by sharing tips and tricks on how to be successful in the role.

“If I stayed with my initial approach, I would 100% still be at my old job because I would still just be in the same cycle of passively trying and then thinking, “This isn’t working. No one wants to hire me! But with your help, I was able to land my ideal job on my first try!”

Meet Amy

Amy* went from receiving no responses throughout several months of applying to getting 4 tech interviews from Lyft, Google, Mckinsey in as fast as 2 weeks. She then got an offer at a digital market research and consulting firm and managed to take a 25-day break before her new job in tech started in December.

Background: Californian working in New York at a premium cable network for Digital Marketing

How She Got a Job in Tech Through Bessy’s Programs: Amy decided to join Bessy’s programs to get the insider knowledge and emotional support she needed to get into tech.

Results: Amy got interviews with Lyft within 2 weeks, Google within 3 months, and Mckinsey within 1 months of submitting her applications. She transformed her approach to her  interview preparation and was not afraid to ask for what she wanted from her career. Amy got an offer at market research and consulting firm.

“I’ve always been motivated. Always wanted to do more and I want to learn more. “

Amy is originally from California but she moved to New York City after college to gain more work experience. She knew she wanted to get into tech for over a year because of its culture, pace, and most importantly people’s ambitions of continuously growing and challenging the status quo.

She realized that her learning had slowed down in the past 2 years while working in marketing and witnessed her own health deteriorate over the past three years due to her overall stress and dissatisfaction from current and past jobs.

“If I’m not learning then I might as well go back home and live with my family where everything is calmer,” she said.

However, she needed a trigger to really make the move.

The moment she knew she needed to leave

A new AVP started at Amy’s company and Amy quickly realized that she won’t get the support she needed to get promoted in the company.

“When you see the VP of your team just not care about your job and not care about your personal growth, then what’s the point?”

On top of that, Amy had other issues that accumulated over the past few years that made her feel frustrated. She...:

  • Didn’t learn a lot in the past two years
  • Worked on weekends covering for coworkers
  • Witnessed a work culture where being ambitious was almost seen as a threat

That night, job hunting became her #1 priority.

Applying for jobs in tech but just getting crickets

Amy started  applying for jobs in tech but got  no responses. The only responses she got from companies in the retail sector due to her past experience.

She knew she wasn’t doing anything wrong, as she had extensive experience in being interviewed for her previous companies in cosmetics/e-commerce, and entertainment.

The challenge she faced was that she didn’t know that  tech is a completely different industry and that there are certain things that recruiters are  looking for that she didn’t demonstrate in her resume. And yet, Bessy saw potential and knew she had those skill sets based on her past experiences.

Adjusting a resume that got here an interview with Lyft

Bessy and Amy spent 3 hours across 2 weekends revamping her resume. They walked through her background from start to finish and added data points that would resonate with tech companies and recruiters.

After the revamp, Amy immediately got an interview request from Lyft within 2 weeks, whereas normally it took her 6 months to get one tech interview.

“Finding a job I wanted was really hard”

Amy continued hunting for new job opportunities with Bessy’s guidance. However like a lot of job seekers, Amy responded to a lot of the recruiters reaching out asking her to get on a recruitment call.

She turned frantic and busy and wondered why there wasn’t a job that she wanted in the market.

But instead of giving into the frustration, she listened to Bessy and became proactive. Instead of responding to LinkedIn messages, she started looking for companies that had everything she wanted.

Bessy would always say "don't just take the job just to take the job" and I'm like but I want to a job! I just want to get out you know. um, You kept reminding me this is what we're looking for, this is what we talked about in the beginning, and that was really helpful.

Not only did Bessy guide Amy to look beyond her company, she guided her to understand more about the possibilities of internal transfers since Amy’s longer term goal was to move internationally.

Acing the interviews

As Amy went  through interview preps with Lyft, Google, Amazon, airline companies, Mckinsey, and more, Bessy guided her to be more reflective on her past achievements and really understand what the companies are looking for in the specific role.

Bessy and Amy worked together on a project basis for those interviews which really helped Amy be less nervous during interviews. Bessy had specific knowledge to the tech industry and helped frame the types of questions that could be asked.

“I already had it in the Google doc and pulled out all this information. It helped me become much more prepared with the process”

She had the answers they prepped for saved and could always reference it back when another interview came up.

“It was all in one place for me to look at versus like instead of me doing it, you know, a couple of days before the interview or starting from scratch.“

Getting what she wanted in the end

Amy had a lot of practice before a recruiter from a market research and consulting firm reached out to her. Instead of stopping there, she asked for what she wanted.

She asked to speak to more contacts to understand the role in more depth instead of just settling with the contacts she  got to speak to in the interviews.

“I used to not ask because I felt intrusive”

But Bessy guided Amy to always ask - because you never know what the answer may be. In the end, nobody is going to understand what you want unless you ask for it because the companies can’t read your mind. The companies want you to be happy in the role as much as you can fill their headcount to solve their business problem.

In the very last interview with the hiring manager, Amy really addressed what she wanted and asked for 1. an international transfer to London for her mid-term goals and 2. a month-long break before her new job started.

In the end, she got both and managed to travel around Europe before she started the job in December!

*Amy is an alias