From Analyst in Traditional Finance to Product Management | Life In Tech by Bessy Tam

From Analyst in Traditional Finance to Product Management

Published on 29 November 2020 by Bessy Tam | Filed in Testimonials

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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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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