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

Published on 14 December 2020 by Bessy Tam | Filed in Success Stories, Testimonials

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. 

Feeling Discouraged? Not Knowing What You can Bring to the

Table or What You Can Really Do in Tech as a Non-Tech Person?

Download the Free Resume Revamp Guide To Learn:

  • The 17 Resume Secrets that Get my Clients Interviews Immediately in 2 Weeks
  • How to Fit the Exact Criteria of the Tech Industry
  • How to Show Impact and Results (With Real Client Examples)

About the Author

Bessy Tam is a career coach who helps busy professionals get into their dream non-tech job in tech. She’s helped dozens of clients get interviews and offers from companies such as Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Lyft, Amazon, Babbel, & More. She currently works at Google in Chicago.

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