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Leaving Academia: A Surprising Career for Scientists – Jasmin’s Story

Jasmin was on the PHD track as a neuroscience but didn’t enjoy her career because she:

  • Couldn’t see the direct impact of her work
  • Was contributing to someone else’s work instead of her own
  • Lived on a PHD / Academia paycheck in New York, away from her family in California
  • Didn’t want to be stuck in one industry and path

She found Bessy through a post on Tech Ladies in a Facebook group, and immediately jumped on the opportunity to have a free strategy call. The rest was history

They worked together in Bessy’s “Resume Revamp & Right Role Program” to:

  • Debunk all the myths out there: making sure Jasmin wasn't applying to 100+ jobs a week and reading dozens of articles a day
  •  Translate her academia background into relevant experiences and terminologies
  • Focus on her existing skillsets instead of getting new certifications or degrees under her belt
  • Set her goals and ideal work environment
  •  Network with people the right way that actually gave her results (instead of reaching out to hundreds of people and not hearing back)
  •  Choose the right role
  • Create a system that Jasmin could exactly track her input and results instead of blindly sending resumes into a black hole

In the end, she was able to land a dream job in DoorDash as a Launch Operations Specialist in the New Verticals Industry.

With this dream job, Jasmin is also able to: 

  • Successfully land this dream job during COVID-19
  • Be in a team with a manager whom she loves and respects
  • Move back to California from New York, closer to her family
  • Grow her technical and data skillsets through coworkers in this dream company
  • Get a better work life balance
  • Be in a dream company where she sees herself growing in for 4+ years
  • Be in a dream company that support internal mobility, allowing her to eventually moving into the Product Management and/or Robotics arms too, truly leveraging her academia, data, and neuroscience background 

Want to hear more? I'll leave it to Jasmin to tell you her experience

Challenges

I'm Jasmin, and around early, mid 2019, I realized I wanted to branch out of my then job as a researcher in a neuroscience lab, and to explore other venues outside of the industry. The main problem was that I had been doing neuroscience in my internships and as a main job for years.

I have never like explored or thought about exploring any other industries until I felt the pressure to change.


What I've Tried

Initially, when I tried making that pivot, I did the traditional work of trying to apply to an upwards of 15 applications per day, having a main cover letter and refining it to fit the goals and needs of the company.

Then I was just waiting for a response from this.

 I was able to land a couple of interviews, but I could never go to the final round, which is troubling because the hiring managers at the interviews would often like, you know, tell me that they're, they're very impressed with the work and they're very, they're happy to see me there, but I couldn't tell if that was sugarcoating or if they really wanted me there.

So then the problem became, "how do I understand who my competitors are and how my skills land in relation to those competitors?"

At the time, I was also trying to do coffee chats, but they were very unguided and they didn't lead up to a long-term relationship. 

How Jasmin Found Bessy

And then suddenly I looked through tech ladies, which is a form on Facebook, and that's where I found Bessy Tam's post of like advertising her coaching skills.

 I've seen a lot of coaches post their work on tech ladies before, but the reason why Bessy is so different is because she was actually advertising one for articles that broadcasted the strategy that she encourages people to use.

Working with Bessy - Resume Revamp & Role Fit

The biggest change was focusing on a core set of companies and increasing my reach outs to understand that initial problem of where new, my current skills lay in contrast to other competitors.

But by keeping that number low, I was able to like dig deeper and really evaluate the true currency of the culture fit.

I think once I branched out beyond my neuroscience in domain industry or  domain knowledge, that's when I got more positive response.

Through Bessy, I was able to actually  work through an Excel spreadsheet to log in my hours and hold myself accountable. 

I think what Bessy does is reminding me to stay on track or  forcing me to stay on track. I think I have a habit of thinking about  how glittery a potential idea is, and then I'll get carried away.

But she reminds me , "does this align with your goals or is this just another fluffy idea that you want to pursue?"

The initial write-ups where we wrote out our goals and what the top three priorities are, was my saving grace throughout this process,. 

Having those priorities written down that gave me the confidence to go towards companies that are more aligned with my own personal goals.

Working with Bessy - Having an Open "Partner in Crime"

It was really helpful to have someone who's a professional. Who's also a woman who was also like an immigrant.

I think being able to be vulnerable with Bessy and just to state out my mistakes in front of her allowed me to understand, what's the more polished version of me that I should aim towards to be?

I had such a hard time giving up my research language and my specific niche jargon to relay that information to other people. So that's why I would often go back to Bessy and ask, "okay, is this language the language that you use accessible for all people? Does it showcase the impact that I made?"

It  forced me to narrow down my words within one sentence to make it stand out. I

Working with Bessy - Getting "Insider Secrets" & Networking the Right Way

Doing the resume with somebody else is really helpful because you're able to think outside of your head, it really ended up being like the blueprint.

I realized like certain companies have certain roles that they add as needed. And then there are other companies that routinely open up their roles every year.

Understanding how other companies are planning things out helped.

Bessy gave me an outreach script to network, and this script helped me to prepare for my informal chats or coffee chats by structuring what to research for. It guided me to jot down three things that the person I'm meeting have done. 

This helped me so much because it helps you have a log of, "do I want to keep targeting the same types of professionals or do I want to shake things up?"

This process is like riding a bike, in the beginning it's like using training wheels when I used the script. Then once I became more competent, I would still fill out a script before each chat.

But then I just looked at that script as a reference and it allowed me to build more rapport with the person I reach out to build back and forth.

This is something like, I never knew how to do in college. Like in my undergrad experience, people only went to medical school or graduate school. And literally that's it. 

I think the sad thing about science is that there is no pipeline to make you understand how science can fit your career. And like science can go so many different ways.

Landing her Dream Job

Landing the offer at DoorDash - it really aligns with my future. The reason why I left science is because I wanted to understand how science can be translated beyond paper publishing.

And that's where I eventually want to be.

I want to  have a firsthand experience of seeing how engineers and scientists work to scale ideas out. That's something that's more tangible than like theory and like writing papers.

 I can finally say I'm in the exact spot that I wanted to be in and that I did not compromise my goals.

It took a huge leap of faith. I never thought I would be this aligned and  I'm happy that I have a space to grow in.

 I'm very, very excited. And  I feel like I can imagine myself about this company for years to come. I don't feel like I have a foot out the door. So I think that's like the true test of success.

Who would you recommend this program to?

This is really good for people in science. I think it's incredible for people in science. It's a full 180 degrees.

Even though I've had to like change the way I speak, I don't think I've compromised and lost my previous scientific method.

I think it's good for people who have only stayed within  primary industry for years and don't know how to make that pivot.

I don't think this just needs to be for young people. I think it's for people who are in their thirties and their forties as well, if you're scared of not knowing what your worth is and not knowing how to like get to the position you where you need to be.

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Breaking into Tech from a Traditional Media and Publishing Background

Annie didn't even know where to start or how to figure out what role and companies were the right fit for her

She had trouble translating her experiences into tech, she’s worked in multiple industries and roles in her career, including a small business that she started with her sister.

She didn’t know:

  • What was out there
  • What jobs she should be looking at given her background
  • What a “good” resume or interview looked like (she never really applied for a job before)
  • What job was the right fit
  • nor what skills from her experiences were relevant. 

Her job search ended up being very vague and didn't know where she wanted to go, she just knew she wanted to get into tech

She even tried working with other coaches before but they were too generic and weren't as focused.

So she needed my help to understand how to approach the job search, given I have broken into tech from a traditional background and have helped other clients do the same.

We worked together in my All-In-One program, starting with the Resume Revamp and Choosing the Right Role process; identifying that account management or customer service would be a great fit for her.

Second, we were able to align on some of the key projects at her job, to make sure that she could get the right skill sets or projects to support her resume.

Lastly, when she got interviews after doing outreach, we were able to support her interview process by outreaching to the right people in the specific roles and learning more about how the role and music industry worked.

In the end, she was able to get a customer service representative role from Musiio and got everything that she wanted!

  • A role in customer service
  • Transition into tech to the music industry, something she was passionate about
  • Move to Singapore from Hong Kong to have more opportunities and exposure in the tech space
  • Negotiate a higher salary

Without further ado, here’s Annie sharing her story in her own words:

Challenges

I was at a point in my career where I’ve had other jobs, but my background seemed all over the place. There was no real selling point or storyline to show what I've done in my career or what I can do for others. 

And my job search didn't work because I also kept switching to different industries. The roles or titles in my resume didn't have any consistent story. So I didn’t know what roles to go for, or what was the right fit for me.

"I kept switching to different industries. The roles or titles in my resume didn't have any consistent story. So I didn’t know what roles to go for, or what was the right fit for me."

I found Bessy through a friend who recommended her saying that she had actually made the jump herself into a tech company, which is exactly what I had been wanting.

Bessy is different because her work and message is very specific, “You might not work in a tech company now, but I'm going to help you get to one.” 

What I've Tried

And I tried working with other coaches before but they were very generic. And so it didn't do much for me or give me the results that I wanted because it wasn't as focused.

Working with Bessy - Resume Revamp and Role Fit

Bessy helped me understand my goals and broke down the challenge. A lot of the process had to do with her deep understanding of the tech industry and matching that with the specifics of what I had done before.

By flushing them out, Bessy was able to select exactly what experiences are needed to be brought forth. And it made very clear and apparent for future employers to look at.
 

"Bessy was able to select exactly what experiences are needed to be brought forth. And it made very clear and apparent for future employers to look at."

This Resume Revamp process probably two sessions alone with her.

Working with Bessy allowed me to see what I did that would be helpful to any kind of tech company and the specific roles.

Because Bessy knows the tech industry well and she also knew the roles that my experiences were leaning towards, Bessy was able to give really good and specific advice on:

  •  the things that I needed regarding skills
  • how to build up those skills
  • what specifically to ask for or work towards in a role or expanding my current role

The Role fit and Resume helped me get a thought on what I needed to be doing, not just what I can present to other people.

Working with Bessy - Outreach Strategy

Bessy suggested using an outreach strategy to talk to people, get a feel for the roles that I wanted to apply for.

I landed a job interview and I used Bessy’s outreach strategy and reached out to a hundred people and asked the people in the roles that I was applying for: “Could you tell me more about what you're doing?”

And that helped me land the job because by the time I got to the interview with the CEO, it was very apparent that I knew what I was talking about. And I also managed to get some industry information that even the CEO didn't have since I reached out to people who were in the same industry or were even clients of the company that I was interviewing for.

"By the time I got to the interview with the CEO, it was very apparent that I knew what I was talking about. And I also managed to get some industry information that even the CEO didn't have"

Landing the Offer

So I got a final offer with this company, a Music AI company in Singapore, during COVID. It is very suited to me and my background since it's an AI company that is very much within the tech space.

This final result aligns completely to my interests because I wanted to move into a tech company. It's amazing that it's in the music industry, which is something I'm actually really interested in.

"It's amazing that it's in the music industry, which is something I'm actually really interested in."

Working with Bessy to Negotiate the Offer

Bessy knew the tech industry, knew the roles that I was leaning towards, and knew how to negotiate with people. She knew how to create conversations with people in my then company to explore “what more can I do within the company that I'm in?” and “What can I do with somebody who works in a different company?”, just to see what's out there.

When it got to the negotiation stage, I think the best advice Bessy ever gave was, “do not rush this. Slow it down as much as possible and Give yourself time to think, to ask more questions and just really be okay with everything.” Instead of just letting desperation ride me.

If everything had been rushed and done within the first week, I would've just taken the first offer. I wouldn't have reached out more. I wouldn't have thought about the offer more.

"If everything had been rushed and done within the first week, I would've just taken the first offer. I wouldn't have reached out more. I wouldn't have thought about the offer more. "

Who would you recommend this program to?

I think the service is good for anybody who is not:

  • clear about how to redo their resume
  • clear about what they want to aim for
  • sure what their skills or background would be good

Having a clear storyline on, “Hey, this is what I can do!”, makes it much easier to go for future jobs and to know what you need to focus on professionally in terms of skills as well.

I think the service is good for anybody who are unclear about that.

Future clients should expect a lot of clarity on what to aim for through Bessy’s programs. You might know that you want something different in your career or might want something better, but you might not know how to get there.

And this will help.

It's almost like therapy. You can't go in and fight or fight your counselor. Even if you're not comfortable, even if you don't like it, just do it anyway and then see what results come out of it.

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  • What Your Natural Entry Point Could Be in Tech (includes a comprehensive worksheet)
  • The Top 5 Mistakes You’re Making Right Now
  • The Resume Revamp Checklist
  • Top Questions to Expect in a Tech Interview and How to Tackle Them
  • Tips and Tricks to Negotiate What You Want in the Interview Process

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2 StratOps Offers in 1 Month (COVID & Work Visa): Justin’s Testimonial

Have you ever had such a vague title that you never knew what role is the right fit in tech or even where to start?

Today I’m sharing a testimonial with you from my client, Justin.

He saw me through the #10daystotech webinars series and realized that I had many challenges getting into tech that he wanted to work with me one on one on.

He:

  • Didn’t know what role to get into given his broad background working in various roles in his current company: sales, customer service, marketing, products, operations, partnerships
  • Didn’t know what experience was relevant and how to distill this information into a resume
  • Needed a work visa and didn’t know what companies could support this
  • Wanted to be in a larger company that's still a fast growing startup just with a bit more structure and mentorship opportunities

In the end, he was able to get referred/applied to <12 roles and landed 2 offers in 1 month with my strategies; the StratOps role I identified for him, the resume we worked together on, the jobs I selected, the outreach/networking strategies, my ongoing feedback, and negotiation strategies.

He landed two offers from food and beverage tech and hospitality tech.

He chose the hospitality tech while being able to move to California, make a diagonal move to a more senior position, and continue working in the US.

Without further ado, I’ll let Justin tell his story

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Challenges

Hi, my name is Justin and I've recently used Bessy’s Resume Revamp services

I just found it very challenging to translate what I had accomplished at work. My resume ended up being 5-6 pages because I was just writing down everything that I did, and it was really hard to pick. 

"My resume ended up being 5-6 pages because I was just writing down everything that I did, and it was really hard to pick."

Having someone who is:

  • In this industry 
  • Really familiar with tech
  • Experienced in helping a lot of other  recent graduates or people looking to transition into tech

Was important to me

Bessy was able to really provide a lot of insight as to what information is important as well as really highlight and showcase what is necessary when it comes to your specific role that you're applying for.

Working with Bessy

When Bessy and I first met up, we had a very long discussion as to what my goals were:

  • what type of company I want to work for small, medium, large
  • what type of work-life balance do I want to have in terms of like traveling, AM/PM job 
  •  What type of company whether global, regional, or more localized?

So we went through everything: my needs and wants for my next role.

After talking about my goals, we spent a lot of time deep diving into my 3 years at my startup.

Bessy was really able to pull out things that I didn't realize were as important or didn't think would stand out to the person reading my resume.

"Bessy was really able to pull out things that I didn't realize were as important or didn't think would stand out to the person reading my resume."

We also went through everything outside of the job that I was doing, even extracurricular activities, internships during college years; anything that would fit the job nature, she would think of.

Anything that was not important in your eyes, she definitely knew what was important and it was great to have her to identify what those were.

After going through the resume building process with her, I was handed a beautiful resume that I was excited to use to apply to all the jobs that I was interested in.

"Not only did [Bessy] help me with my resume, but she also guided and directed me into roles that really fit what I was looking for. "

Bessy distilled a couple of job roles out of the millions out there on LinkedIn to really showcase to me what type of roles would fit my experiences. The list that she provided was extremely helpful. It really gave me an opportunity to also understand what type of roles and companies I should be looking for as I continue this job search down the line. 

After the resume and providing a list of jobs, Bessy’s help did not stop. This is what I really appreciated and loved about Bessy. 

She was always checking in with me with regards to my outreach and networking strategy. She even came up with a Google sheet and an Airtable for me to keep track of my progress during this period using her strategy.

"After the resume and providing a list of jobs, Bessy’s help did not stop. This is what I really appreciated and loved about Bessy. She was always checking in with me with regards to my outreach and networking strategy. She even came up with a Google sheet and an Airtable for me to keep track of my progress "

The Results

I landed a good amount of interviews; places that I wanted to work for.

She gave me great advice in terms of outreaching and networking. I spoke with so many different people and learned so many different things; but most importantly, I got a lot of referrals into the companies that I wanted to work for. 

And it was a great foot in the door that eventually landed me two offers! One was a hospitality real estate startup. Another was a food and beverage tech startup.

"She gave me great advice in terms of outreaching and networking... And it was a great foot in the door that eventually landed me two offers! One was a hospitality real estate startup. Another was a food and beverage tech startup."

And both of the companies had great offers. 

I can’t thank Bessy enough in helping me get to that point. Not only that, I was actually able to find a job within a month after enlisting her help!

I ended up choosing to go with the hospitality startup as it's an industry that I want to continue to be in. 

Who would Justin recommend Bessy's programs to?

I highly recommend Bessy as my time with her was extremely efficient.

I learnt a lot from her ; I clearly had a lot to learn but also gain with her help. 

I was able to find a job within a month, I was able to really learn how to network and get referrals in the most efficient way, and I was able to gain confidence during this whole period to really help me excel during my interview process

"I was able to find a job within a month, I was able to really learn how to network and get referrals in the most efficient way, and I was able to gain confidence during this whole period to really help me excel during my interview process"

I highly recommend anyone thinking about using Bessy across any of the services that she provides. 

I highly suggest students who are graduating from college  or people like me who just graduated college and are a couple years out, trying to stay in the tech space or trying to transition into the tech space. 

Anyone under the sun can benefit from her. And I can't thank you enough Bessy for helping me through this process.

Cheers to the next job! Thank you. 

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  • How to Fit the Exact Criteria of the Tech Industry
  • How to Show Impact and Results (With Real Client Examples)

From Media Sales Ops to Dream Job in Rideshare Tech Product Operations Even During COVID

Today we have an awesome testimonial from Rachel who moved from a Sales Operations/Account Manager role in a Traditional Media Agency to Product Operations in Rideshare Technology. She's tried everything:

  • used other interview coaching services before 
  • networked and reached out to people on LinkedIn
  • applied online
  • interviewed at different big tech firms
  • tried to figure out the right strategic or analytical roles to get into 

But was never able to land a final offer nor was she sure what relevant experiences she had to share or what opportunities there were

She found me through YouTube. We worked together in the Interview Prep Program helping her prepare her for interviews

In the end, she was able to:

  • Land two offers in Sales Ops and Product Ops across mediatech and rideshare tech
  • Ace her interviews with strong rapport with interviewers
  • Learn the exact system that she could replicate for future interviews
  • Start her dream job in tech with an amazing team even during COVID-19
  • Increase her salary by +75%
  • Move to California to be closer to her family and boyfriend

Without further ado, I’ll have Rachel speak about her experiences with her own words:

Challenges

I have quite a unique background having worked in Policy within government & tech, and Sales Operations within media. However, I wanted to re-break into tech, specifically within Product Operations. I had gotten to the final rounds of interviews at a few high tech companies, but could never seem to land the offer.


I became frustrated that I had recently reached the final rounds of 5 interviews, but had never received the offer nor feedback to improve. I wasn’t sure where I was going wrong or what I could be doing differently. 

"I became frustrated that I had recently reached the final rounds of 5 interviews, but had never received the offer nor feedback to improve. I wasn’t sure where I was going wrong or what I could be doing differently."

I believe my true problem was that I panicked when answering interview questions because I believed I had to regurgitate my pre-written script. I focused too much on memorization that if I forgot any part, I would blank out and babble through the rest of the story -- often failing to emphasize the impact of the story. Bessy helped me understand that there were other approaches that would be much more effective in helping me achieve my goals.

What I've Tried

My interview prep methods included reaching out to people in the role I was interviewing for on LinkedIn, scripting out answers to my interview bank questions and trying to memorize them and then regurgitate them on command, and doing basic research on the company. It wasn’t until going through Bessy’s coaching that I realized I needed to work “smarter not harder.”

I also used a different interview prep service that included two 1-hour sessions and had gotten positive feedback, but didn’t receive tips on what could be improved on or what to do next.

Meeting and Working with Bessy

I found Bessy on Youtube through other testimonial success stories, and eventually came to her after having tried another popular interview prep service and not receiving the service or results I wanted. I knew that I needed a more personalized coach to be with me through every step of my interview process, and believed Bessy’s program would be a better fit for my needs.

Bessy gave me the honest feedback I needed to hear and provided suggestions on how to actually improve. Additionally, Bessy’s unique perspective on breaking into the tech industry from her own experience, as well as being an interviewer at a high tech company, helped me feel understood and confident.
 

"I believe what sets Bessy apart from other services is her thoughtful and tailored approach to each client. With the other interview prep service I used, I felt they were just going through the motions and I was merely a number to them"

I believe what sets Bessy apart from other services is her thoughtful and tailored approach to each client.

 With the other interview prep service I used, I felt they were just going through the motions and I was merely a number to them. However, Bessy’s approach was much more personalized and tailored to me. She took the time to get to know me, really listened to what I wanted and didn’t want, understood the role I was interviewing for, astutely tied in how my experiences matched the role’s, and provided actionable insights for me to improve on.

Moreover, she was extremely responsive in providing constructive criticism during weekly meetings, interview responses, and mock interviews and all while keeping an excited and encouraging attitude.

Interview Prep Coaching with Bessy

Bessy helped me understand my interview responses were very broad and needed to be much more tailored to each role I was applying for. 


Before Bessy, I had a couple informal chats here and there to understand what the team was like and their main responsibilities. Bessy’s emphasis on informal chats, and the strategic information to pull from those chats, were a game-changer.

"Bessy’s emphasis on informal chats, and the strategic information to pull from those chats, were a game-changer."

I do believe that this tactic was instrumental in me landing my current role. I believe the role I am in now is where I’m meant to be. It’s a very good fit that blends my unique past and the area I hoped to be in in my future.

Getting the Offer

Despite COVID, I was able to take Bessy’s learnings and land offers from 2 tech companies within Sales Operations and Product Operations.

Who Would You Recommend this Program To?

If you are looking for a supportive, open, and honest career coach who personally understands the interviewer’s perspective and the inner workings of the tech industry, as well as can help guide you to realize what you want out of your career, Bessy is the choice for you.

"Her end-to-end program is great for anyone who is overwhelmed, considering a role or industry transition, or needs expert guidance on your next steps. I was lost and frustrated before Bessy, but walked away with an instilled confidence I never thought I could have."


Her end-to-end program is great for anyone who is overwhelmed, considering a role or industry transition, or needs expert guidance on your next steps.

I was lost and frustrated before Bessy, but walked away with an instilled confidence I never thought I could have.

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From Analyst in Traditional Finance to Product Management

Today we have an awesome testimonial from Sarah who moved from an Analyst role in Finance to Product Management. She found me through the 10 days to tech free webinar series and realized she wanted more support:

  • She had had used another coaching service and didn’t get the results that she wanted
  • She wanted to get out of Finance that made her work long 12+ hours everyday
  • She didn’t know what she could get into or how to start the job search (since this was her first job out of college)
  • She tried networking, even applying to 30-35 jobs, that didn’t lead anywhere

We worked together in the All-in-One Program helping her identify the right role, revamp her resume, prepare her for interviews, and hold weekly coaching calls.

In the end, she was able to:

  • Land referrals from FinTech
  • Gain 2 product management interviews
  • Get offered a job in Product Management within 2 months.

Without further ado, I’ll have Sarah speak about her experiences with her own words:

Challenges

My challenges before meeting with Bessy were that I didn't know what jobs to apply to because I wasn't aware of what roles would align best with my experience. I also didn't know how to approach the job search because I think I had been connecting with people and sending invites on LinkedIn, but I wasn't super focused on finding the right team and the right people.

"I didn't know what jobs to apply to because I wasn't aware of what roles would align best with my experience. I also didn't know how to approach the job search"

It was basically just reaching out to random people on LinkedIn that were working at companies that I was interested in.

But then the conversations wouldn't really go anywhere because they were not in the right team or they just didn't know what the right people.

Additionally, I applied to between 30 and 35 before working with Bessy. Some of those I also got referred to, but I just didn't get any results from that and didn't land an offer.

What I've Tried

I also had a coach before Bessy but their program wasn't exactly what I was looking for. While the coach was helpful in giving me general advice, I didn’t get  the results that I wanted, which was landing a job in a tech role at a tech company.

Meeting and Working with Bessy

After all of that, I found Bessy because I think I just came across her name while I was doing research on non-tech roles at tech companies and I decided to reach out because I had tried all of these different methods, but it wasn't leading me anywhere.

I was getting really frustrated with the process.

"I decided to reach out [to Bessy] because I had tried all of these different methods, but it wasn't leading me anywhere.
I was getting really frustrated with the process."

So I decided to reach out to Bessy and we had a call initially to work through my situation and to come up with the strategy on how to move forward.

I think what I found really helpful was the whole spectrum of support that was offered.

In the beginning we went through my resume; we basically revamped the whole thing. And she was able to give me a brand new resume with all of my experiences quantified and written in a language such that recruiters would know what I was doing.

Then after the resume, we had our weekly calls to track our progress.

Weekly Coaching with Bessy

What was really special about Bessy was that she would really drop whatever she was doing and help you if something came up.

For instance, when I told her that I had an interview come up unexpectedly, she, found a time in our schedules to help me prepare for that. We had two separate sessions that were not part of our initial strategy, just so that she could help me prepare for this interview. I really appreciate that from Bessy

And I always had a constant line of communication and support from Bessy, even when we’re not working. Because during a job search, there are so many different things that can come up and sometimes we cover them during our weekly calls but sometimes things just come up unexpectedly. It was really good to have the option to just text your coach and get a timely response or feedback.

I think the weekly coaching calls and all the resources that I received were helpful in that they provided tools that I could use for later on. It wasn't just a one-time thing. I could actually use these tools in the future when I'm job searching again; it's like the same strategies and same tactics of reaching out to people on LinkedIn using this very action oriented and tangible script.

"I think the weekly coaching calls and all the resources that I received were helpful in that they provided tools that I could use for later on. It wasn't just a one-time thing. I could actually use these tools in the future when I'm job searching again"

And then, she also provided a list of questions that you could ask in the informal interviews to get exactly the right information that you wanted.

So from the networking that I did, I was actually able to obtain several referrals from strangers that I didn't have any connections with before, so that was really helpful in that sense. 

Landing Interviews and Preparing with Bessy

After working with Bessy, I was able to land two interviews for product management, which I didn't think I would be able to get because of my background in Finance.

The sessions that Bessy helped me with really prepared me to answer the questions in the interview. And the sessions were very thorough. We worked in this interview doc together where we answered all of the questions for the interview.

I think that wasn't something that I had done before, and I found that really helpful just to get all my thoughts out on a Google doc. And that just helped me prepare for the interviews better.

We managed to predict all the questions.. I didn't get any curve ball questions. Which was really good

"We managed to predict all the questions.. I didn't get any curve ball questions. Which was really good"

Getting the Offer

After all of that, I was able to land an offer in product management from my initial role in an Analyst position. And I could not have been able to do it without Bessy’s help; with the detailed interview prep that she did with me and all of the tools and resources and the support that she provided with me along the way.

So that was a great outcome!

Who would you recommend this program to?

I think this service is great for anyone who wants to take the leap from their current position right now to a tech role, because maybe you have been doing everything like me and have tried reaching out to people, talking to people, and applying to a bunch of jobs, but have gotten no results.

I think just getting a coach like Bessy to provide you with the support and the knowledge that you may not have is really tremendously helpful.

It will give you the results that you want.

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How to Get Promoted Quickly by Making a Lateral (Diagonal) Career Move : Z’s Story

Today we have a testimonial from Z. Z has had challenges stumbling in cognitive questions during previous Google and Facebook. He knew he needed help and reached out to work with Bessy on the interview prep program, particularly on the Google final interviews he had coming up.

Although Google had a hiring freeze during COVID, all the interviewers (including the Director) mentioned that he would've been hired if it weren't for the case. At the same time, the interview prep actually helped him get into a startup within cryptocurrency since the role was quite similar.

This is awesome because it:

  1. Happened during COVID and while other people were having challenges getting any job at all, he was able to get a awesome role
  2. Gave him an opportunity to become a manager. This was something that he really, really wanted
  3. Expanded his skill sets beyond just paid ads, but also into organic search as well in order to grow the company
  4. Allowed him to get to Shanghai because this was a place that he really wanted to go. Previously he was in Hangzhou in Alibaba

We were able to use it interview prep program to make sure his answers were very clear and concise because Z has a  bit of a challenge being succinct. This way, we were able to make a big connection with both the company as well as Z in order to maximize the interview's value and content within limited 30 minutes time.

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In Z's Own Words:

Hi, My name is Z!

I have recently worked with Bessy on interviewer coaching where she helped me through all stages of my interview at Google as well as for a start up. We were able to drill down on every single question that she knew that the interviewers were going to ask me [and she was right!]

"From my previous experience in tech interviews...I stumbled through different cognitive questions that I was not prepared for and I wasn't able to give as well-rounded of an answer as I would wouldn't have hope for."

I was in Alibaba in China Hangzhou and I was there for a little over 6 months.

At that point I kind of realized I want to try something that fit my career and personal strengths a bit more.

So my challenges were: I realized that interviews had a real format every time I went through interviews in top tech companies eg Facebook & Google. I had a hard time passing final interviews from my previous experience in these interviews, such as in Google a year ago for a different position.

I stumbled through different cognitive questions that I was not prepared for and I wasn't able to give as well-rounded of an answer as I would wouldn't have hope for.

I would think to myself after I answered the question, "Oh, I should've answered that differently!"

And the funny thing was that, I didn't work with Bessy until the last 2 rounds for my interview at  Google. The first two rounds I noticed I continued to stumble. I couldn't answer the question the way it should be.

The interview themselves were kind of like, "Oh, that answer took a very long time!" They would just give me that feedback, in a very polite way, that it was little too long.

And I realized that [whatever I was doing] didn't work.

"I tried to work on this myself, talk to more friends, and doing more online research... But none of it worked."

I know that I have to show this interviewer within 30-40 minutes all 360-degrees of who I was. I have to make sure that I answered interview questions differently for every interviewer to tailor my answers and provide even better versions of my answers

I tried to work on this myself, talk to more friends, and doing more online research.

But none of it worked.

"I looked her up on LinkedIn and saw what she was posting, specifically regarding COVID-19 Interview preparation for Tech. So I was like, 'wow this is really cool! this person knows what she's doing.'"

Knowing that, my ex-coworker recommended me to Bessy.

I looked her up on LinkedIn and saw what she was posting, specifically regarding COVID-19 Interview preparation for Tech. So I was like, "wow this is really cool! this person knows what she's doing."

"Bessy helped me study the interviewers.... turn negative questions to a positive answer...ask interview questions & follow up on them... and negotiate the salary to get the most out of my offer"

I recommend Bessy because of 3 reasons:

#1 It's really a professional service end-to-end

Throughout this experience, she's always attending our meetings on time, helping me through the details, and asking me all the qualifying questions before our meetings so that we don't really jump into things .

#2 Bessy is really resourceful​

She's someone who's worked and lived in Hong Kong( Asia), and in Chicago (America). So with her experiences and wealth of network, she can help you answer all the questions and think with a bigger picture.

Initially I thought this was one of those coaching services where you just kind of talk about something and then you spend an hour on it. 

But with Bessy even from the beginning, she spent time on each question during the interview prep and gave me 14 pages of information. She spent almost 2 hours in our first session to go through the steps in detail with me.

Overall she helped me:

  • Study the interviewers to connect with them more
  • Turn a negative question to a positive answer such as "Why are you leaving your current role?" Initially I had a wishy washy answer like "the environment is not right for me"
  • Be able to ask the interview questions and then follow up on their answers to show off my skills and strengths. This helped me be a lot more confident
  • Negotiate the salary. Talking through the ins and outs, helping me stay focused during the interviews until I got an offer so that I could get the most out of it, and pushing the negotiations back so that I could buy more time when I was waiting for both Google and the startup (that I got an offer with). 

#3 This is a thought provoking experience

A lot of times when you prepare for interviews yourself, you feel like you did okay and it was great. 

When I'm talking to my friends or coworkers, or doing research online, I never knew if my answers were right, clean, or detailed enough. I also didn't know if my answers were timed to 1 or 2 minutes [the way that Bessy coached me]. 

From a professional standpoint, I always wondered, "Can these answers really fit into the role that I'm apply to?"

And with Bessy, she's able to ask you question after question to think through my answers. For example, I thought my strengths were managing people but she helped me dig deeper into my approach, "is it really managing people?"

She just helped me drill down step-by-step and walk me through my own answers.

"Bessy and I were working together for almost a month and a half, and the results were very clear... I was able to answer all the questions that all the interviewers had... and come off as confident"

Bessy and I were working together for like almost a month, month and half. The results were very clear when I compared the first few interview loops to the second interview loops (where Bessy and I worked together).

I was able to answer all the questions that all the interviewers had, Not just during the Google interview but also other interviews from other startups I was interviewing with at that point.

When I went through the interview, it was as if I almost memorized my script. I knew how to answer whatever they were asking me and however many ways that they could ask those questions eg what's my strengths, what's my weaknesses, etc.

And because of this, I came off as confident

I knew the answers very fluidly and I was able to stop myself from talking forever (which is one of my "habits").

I remember another experiences where I had a startup interview that I didn't really prep for. But because I've already prepped with Bessy on Google, I was able to just pick up the phone and start listing my stuff. I was able to use that Google interview experience in this interview experience.

It worked out just the same because the role was similar.

"With this experience, a company gave me an offer. I was really happy because the role expanded my skills horizontally... and helped me go from an in individual contributor to a managing role managing ...potentially 10 people"

Before working with Bessy, I interviewed with almost 10 companies. With this experience [working with Bessy], one of the companies gave me the offer

I was really happy because that role:

  • Allowed me to switch from my position from Alibaba in Hangzhou to a blockchain company in Shanghai (where I wanted to me)
  • Expanded my skills horizontally from just paid to organic search
  • Helped me go from individual contributor to a manager role managing 3-5 people, potentially 10.
  • Helped me step into the startup world since I'd been working at big companies for the past 8 or 9 years of my career. This is the first time I'll be in a startup that's growing crazily.

My Google interviewers said that if it weren't for COVID-19 and thus a hiring freeze, I would have gotten the Google offer. 

On the other hand, I still got to offer a year in a blockchain in Shanghai, which was still huge.

"I found that once I had that direction, I knew where I wanted to go"

Who is this service good for? If you are transitioning from a(n):

  • Non-tech industry to a tech industry
  • Individual contributor to a manager role
  • Startup to a non-startup role
  • Role to anything that's a little bit more outside your comfort zone where you are going to have to answer questions that you are usually not ready for
  • Non-structured type of interview to a very structured interview like Google, Facebook, and Amazon

You have to be just very clear in the short amount of time. That kind of result get. you not only the job but really at the end of the day, gets you the pay and the level that you deserve as well.

A person can have 20 years of experiences in tech but if you interview like a 5-year experienced person, you'll just give doubt to people on the other side of the interview table.

Especially with COVID-19, we're going to have even more interviews that's on video. You lose that body language to connect with interviewers.

So these are things that Bessy will help you through, which of course you need to find out later yourself, right?

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Dream Job in Tech Even During COVID-19 At Apple (From Finance) – Michelle’s Testimonial

Have you ever had such a vague title that you never knew what role is the right fit in tech or even where to start?

Today, we have a case study from Michelle who landed a job in Apple as a part operations manager from her Goldman Sachs position.

Initially it was really, really hard for her to even identify the right role, the right company that she could actually get into because it's super overwhelming within the tech world with the various companies, roles, industries, and sizes available.

Michelle and I worked together to identify the right role for her, a Product Operations role based on her background, interest, goals, and needs

Because we were able to identify the right role, she was immediately able to get 4 different interviews from different companies and was able to land your dream job at Apple

This is super exciting because she was able to:

  1. land a dream job within a company that she loved
  2. be able to move back to her family within California
  3. take a break before she needed to start

And this is all during COVID-19; when everyone else is having trouble getting a job within the market, she was able to land her dream job. 

So without further ado, I'll let Michelle tell her own story. 

In Michelle's Own Words:

Hi guys. My name is Michelle!
I spent about 10 years in traditional finance working for finance firms and recently landed a job at Apple as a Product Operations Lead even during COVID-19

"When I was ready to pivot my career and think about leaving the finance industry, I really didn't know what to do"

When I was ready to kind of pivot my career and think about leaving the finance industry, I really didn't know what to do. 

I knew I wanted to get into tech. My family's from Silicon Valley. I knew I wanted to be back in Silicon Valley. But I didn't really know how to get myself into tech knowing that tech is so different from the finance world. 

I felt a little lost and even though there were so many resources online, so many interview tricks or resume tips and LinkedIn and all those things, it was incredibly overwhelming for me. 

Having been in my finance world for the last 10 years and really just knowing everything about finance, I felt that I only knew how to get a finance job. I only knew how to cater my resume and talk about in interviews in a finance role

"I felt completely unknown when it came to a tech related role that I wanted to get into. I didn't really know how my finance experience job titles translated to the tech world"

But I felt completely unknown when it came to a tech related role that I wanted to get into. I didn't really know how my finance experience job titles translated to the tech world. 

This means:

  • Ensuring that I'm compensated fairly 

  • finding a role that really fits and suits me 

  • understanding what those expectations were of that job description. 

So, I didn't really know where to start with everything that was thrown at me and all the different ways that I could have approached this. 

Thankfully from there I actually stumbled upon Bessy through one of the Facebook chat groups

"There are career coaches out there… they didn't focus on transitioning into tech. They focus maybe like elevating me in finance or getting me a promotion or a new role within the same industry."

I had no idea that there were online coaches out there that do this, especially in helping people get into tech related roles.

You know, I found through LinkedIn that there were some people who will help you write resumes that are career coaches, people who help you level up. But I felt that they didn't mesh as well with me.

Even when I spoke to a couple of those through the LinkedIn referrals, particularly because they didn't focus on transitioning into tech. They focus maybe like elevating me in finance or getting me a promotion or a new role within the same industry.

So that's why when I stumbled upon Bessy, I was like, “Oh, okay, this is like her niche!” I didn't know this world existed. Maybe I wasn't aware or people like Bessy never crossed my path.

"We talked about my goals, you know, my family goals as well. Personal goals, not just career goals."

I first had my intro call with Bessy to learn a little bit more about the program. I remember vividly sitting in my studio apartment in New York hopping on the call.

I believe within the first 15 minutes or first hour and I was like “Oh, I felt like I was chatting with a friend that just really understood me and I can like tell things very candidly too.”

And she understood exactly where I was coming from. I spent 10 years in finance. I wanted to focus on a different area of my life. You know, we talked about my goals, you know, my family goals as well. Personal goals, not just career goals. 

We also focused a lot on my path and why I enjoyed doing in my current role and kind of the entire timeline of my career since college and even in college. 

I thought that was a really unique approach and I really enjoyed that cause it really does pull out what I genuinely wanted versus what I think I want on paper and what society expects of me on paper. 

So I had a really good feeling out of the first call with Bessy in just really understanding her approach. 

It's not just on the surface level, “how do we get you this job that you think you want”, but really let's go at it and find a job that really fits what you want in life and your long term goals. 

"Initially I was like 'Oh, I don't even know if I should do this... People usually say, you can do it yourself'"

So after my first chat with Bessy and I remember talking to my friend, I was like, “Oh, I don't even know if I should go or do this.”.

He’s one of my best friends and his advice to me was like, “if you can afford a coach, get a coach. Why put yourself through more time and energy if you can just have somebody that has an expertise to help you? We work hard enough to be able to have these services for ourselves.”

So I decided to kind of go with it and take a leap of faith

"I worked with her on the resume help and role-fit piece because I had no idea what role to look for or what size of company to go for."

I worked with her on the resume help and role-fit piece because I had no idea what role to look for or what size of company to go for.

In tech there's the startups, there's a medium size, there's also the large giant tech companies. And so understanding the culture with every single one of them and their demands and each type of culture was really important to me.

Bessy really listened and tried to understand:

  1. what I wanted at this stage in my life
  2. the level of effort I wanted to put in based on where I am in my career
  3. how personal goals put into play as well. 

"Bessy came to me… recommending a role called Product Operations. I had no idea that this job title was out there"

I think Bessy came to me, after understanding my background and what I enjoyed doing, recommending a role called Product Operations

I didn't really know had any idea what it was; it’s not my title at my current job. 

I had no idea that this job title was out there. And even when I started browsing through LinkedIn or a couple of job descriptions. 

As I was reading through it, I was like, Oh, this is exactly what I do at my current finance job! It was an exact fit of the sets that I have, what I enjoyed doing, and what I saw myself doing long-term in tech. So it was a great fit

"I found that once I had that direction, I knew where I wanted to go"

I found that once I had that direction, I knew where I wanted to go

And then from there, Bessy recommended that I reach out to people, do the informal chats to learn more about the cultures of the different companies and the roles itself within the companies.

Bessy helped me target specific companies and size of companies that I should reach out to. And initially it was Airbnb and Stripe.

I was able to informally connect with several individuals at Airbnb and Stripe in the roles and department that I wanted to be in, not knowing how many people would actually talk to a stranger through LinkedIn.

But those were actually really fruitful conversations.

I had really great conversations with the people that did respond to me and wanted to chat. A lot of them actually had similar transitions in the past that when I was doing so a lot of that context that I got from those informal chat were really great cause it really solidified my idea of what I wanted to be doing in these types of companies

Through the informal chats, I got to learn a lot about:

  1. the company cultures themselves
  2. the size of the companies
  3. the demands of that role
  4. And how this tech world that I want to go into in this role isn't as scary or as unknown as I thought it'd be. It's essentially similar skillsets that I can transfer from my existing role in finance 

"I was able to land an internal referral at Stripe and got onsite [interviews] at Stripe to go through the full interview process."

These informal chats were helpful even when I went through interviews.

I was able to land an internal referral at Stripe and got onsite [interviews] at Stripe to go through the full interview process.

This was great cause it definitely helped me understand what those informal chats actually did for the entire job search process and how there was less pressure in the informal chats so that I felt more comfortable at the onsite interviews.

"Through that process I've been through a number of interviews, with Stripe, with Robinhood (the fintech company), with Trulio... And finally even during the COVID times I landed an interview with Apple. I started working with Bessy probably 4 months ago before I got my final offer and signed the final for with Apple. "

Through that process I've been through a number of interviews, with Stripe, with Robinhood (the fintech company), with Trulio, and finally even during the COVID times I landed an interview with Apple.

I went through the interviews in my living room during COVID and actually accepted an offer for Apple in the Product Operations Lead role. I started working with Bessy probably 4 months ago before I got my final offer and signed the final for with Apple.

I genuinely think like Apple, and this role as Product Operations Lead and this product is 100%, like stars aligned!

I'm also in a company that I can see myself longterm, which was one of my initial goals with Bessy. This is somewhere I can see my future here for a number of years, which is what I wanted.

This is because Apple is a large company but I also have the support of that younger tech startup field [because of the product/department I’m in].

I really thank Bessy for this and I'm very excited and very thankful to have this. It’s truly the best results of this entire process

I definitely say I was not a hundred percent sure if I even needed a career coach or anybody to help me in the beginning. Of course there's so many free resources online. 

People are gonna say, “Oh, you can do it yourself. Just put in more work.” But there's just too much information out there and too many different viewpoints.

People are gonna say, “Oh, you can do it yourself. Just put in more work.”

But there's just too much information out there and too many different viewpoints.

I think having that coach and having that guidance by your side to make you feel a little bit more secure about the decisions you're making is really great. I felt that having Bessy by my side with like a coach the whole time, you know, if something happened, I was like, “Hey Bessy, what should I do here? Can I ask this?”

And it was great having that coach on the sidelines kind of just bounce ideas off of, having that independent party that is an advocate for you and want you to push for yourself.

I think that was a really great resource because it gave me a lot more encouragement and comfort [instead of] feeling like you have to do it by yourself.

So I definitely recommend this for those out there who are looking to explore another industry out there, especially within tech from a traditional background who may need a little bit more guidance if you're looking to have somebody be a coach and an advocate for you.

And also somebody that's like a friend and really casual to connect with. There's no barriers in place. 

The minute I spoke with Bessy on our initial call, I just felt like I was talking to a friend that I've known for years… It was definitely fruitful work … and I would say that my future self would thank me for going through this process.

So the minute I spoke with Bessy on our initial call, I just felt like I was talking to a friend that I've known for years and I think that she genuinely understood what I wanted [because she’s been through what I’ve been through].

Even if there were moments during the resume [revamp] process where I felt like I wanted to pull my hair out because I didn't want to give the content or think that deeply about my path and what I wanted to do, but it was definitely fruitful work.

[This is driven by the] focus and intention in thinking through what you really want to do, how you want to approach it, how you resumes should be written.

I think that was a huge help for me in terms of [even] just making me feel good about my resume that I'm putting out there and sending out to these companies and showing people.

And I don't think that I could have done it as swiftly as I could.

I would say that my future self would thank me for going through this process. 

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Caitlin: Dream Job at Facebook During Coronavirus (from Consulting Background)

Caitlin shares her story today about how she used my interview prep program to land her dream job at Facebook for a Program Manager role. 

Most importantly, she did all this during the Coronavirus outbreak, when other industries were laying off employees.

She worked at a consulting firm for 5 years but knew she wanted a career change.

Her dream career included driving a bigger impact globally and seeing a project she can personally own through to the end. In addition to having a great salary, being able to work with diverse minds, and having a fantastic work-life-balance in a great company. Which she did!

Previously, she's also gotten multiple interviews at various tech companies like LinkedIn, Uber, and Facebook but ended up not getting the offer. She wondered why she didn't get the jobs and figured out that she was:

  1. Approaching tech interviews the way the consulting interviews were conducted. (they're very different)
  2. Good enough to get herself in the door but couldn't  tell her story succintly and showcase that she was the best person for the role
  3. Not honing in on what the team really wants and needed

She saw a few of my videos previously and immediately took this opportunity. We leveraged the 1.5 week time period to understand her background and goals, prep a full 35-page Q&A doc (that predicted all the questions in the final interviews), and do 2 mock interviews . 

This led her to finally ace the interviews with the hiring manager and director and get the offer within a week. 

Most importantly, she performed her virtual interviews even during "shelter" throughout the coronavirus outbreak. This proves that tech is definitely the place to be. the only industry and market that's really growing when other companies are quickly laying off employees

Watch the video here, or keep scrolling down for her story in her own words:

In Caitlin's Own Words:

Hey, I'm Caitlin! I recently used Bessy's services to prep for a final round tech interview. I'm coming from a Management Consulting background and was looking to make a jump into a Program Management role.

I recently interviewed for a final around Program Manager role at Facebook.

The Challenges Trying to Get Into Tech From Consulting 

Coming from my background in Management Consulting:

  1. I was having difficulties identifying which people I should talk to you, who are the best people for the job in, and which experiences I should highlight. 
  2. Additionally, I was facing a challenge that consulting interviews are very different than tech interviews. And so I wanted to better understand the process from someone who really had that insider experience.
  3. Finally, I was really having some difficulties being able to fully connect with the interviewers, understand what they want, and really display confidence that I'm the right person for this job.

"I tried to solve this previously through attempting to network and talking to the right people, but I was continuously falling short of getting through the final rounds in interviews."

So I tried to solve this previously through attempting to network and talking to the right people, but I was continuously falling short of getting through the final rounds in interviews.

So I actually came across Bessy on LinkedIn through a mutual connection's post.

I had been thinking of working with a career coach or interview prep, but I was just having a difficult time having someone with the right experience that can helped me.

So Bessy's background really stood out to me because she had successfully made a career transition into tech.

And I really liked that she offered so many resources and training materials upfront. So it really gave me a better sense of her expertise and a head start on the interview prep.

The Interview Prep Program

Step 1: Identifying Her Goals & The Team's Goals

So when we really dove into things, Bessy and I first met to go through her structure and prep document that purely broke down each interview round and provided example questions.

She helped me to identify key goals around connecting my background to the role, understanding the team's needs and succinctly delivering information on my skill sets and previous experience.

We really tailored our approach in the program to talk through points and answers that would tell my story better and answer questions succinctly.

Step 2: Mock Interviews & Figuring Out Her "Why"

We had 2 major mock interview sessions and a final rapid-fire round right before I had the final interview. 

In the first round, we focused on honing my background in my why. So really developing a succinct story to explain why I'm interested in the role and in the company. 

Step 3: Final Hands-On Preparation with the 35-Page Google Doc 

Next, I worked offline to prep my behavioral answers in the Google Doc. She would provide direct feedback to my answers in the comments while I would further align my story. 

And then we were able to work together to talk through them and further hone them to really focus on the needs of the job role and again to have very succinct answers that were tailored to the job and the role.

"As a result, the Interviewers asked less clarifying questions and I was able to feel a lot more confident in my interviews"

I was able to feel a lot more confident in my interviews.

 I was much more prepared and I was able to, be more confident in my answers. This is cause I had already prepped a lot of the questions, I had already answered many of them in our reviews.

As a result, the interviewers asked less clarifying questions and we were able to save so much time in our interview loops that I could ask them more questions and really build more meaningful connections and rapports in that really short amount of interview time.

"This program is great for someone who knows that tech is a great fit for them and are looking to make a major career change"

So I think the service as a whole is great for anyone that's willing to take the time and effort to prep. And that already knows that tech is a great fit for them and are looking to make a major career change.


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

Overview

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.

Overview

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

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