This week certainly started off with a peak. I sent out a resume through a mutual connection on Sunday and had the company's HR asked about my expectation on Monday. I blanked out. I was not expecting anything!
One more resume was sent out through another mutual connection. This was my cohort's mate's childhood friend who happens to live in California. I had a soft and encouraging rejection through email for this one. I started to feel the groove of things.
A partner company from my bootcamp's career services team reached out and I was set up for an interview on Friday. The interview was rocky. It was a video call and the connection was unstable. Here's how it went:
for loops and the famous FizzBuzz problem (hint:
if (i%3 == 0 && i%5 == 0)). I answered without hesitating, so I felt somewhat adequate.
My cultural interviewer had asked me about the ideas behind some of my projects. I've built a forums-like app where my cohort mate and I can share tips and hints on our labs. This is because our Slack account kept hiding old messages and people who weren't as fast often asked the same questions. It's live here. The other was an app where you could browse the menus of nearby restaurants and see a list of common recipes for an entree. It would highlight the ingredient you're allergic to for each recipe. I have a friend who's allergic to sesame, and we had a hard time ordering at a Japanese restaurant. This one is still in the works as I need to clean it up. (Link to be provided in the future)
The most critical question was regarding to any group projects I had done. And, I'm quite thankful for my cohort mates who have suggested we do a side project during the July 4th holiday week. I thought I knew Git and GitHub until I had to manage pull requests. I, at one point, broke our beautiful app for the modern students of Hogwarts to sign up for classes.
On top of this I was suggested to stay active on Twitter, write more blogs (here I am!), and commit, commit, commit everyday! Also, I had to get over my fear and forced myself to go to a real meetup. It turned out to be an awesome experience. I met an alumni at my bootcamp who had recently landed a job. And, I got the opportunity to show off one of my app to a CTO of a local startup. Then, I was given a chance to do a tech interview on the spot!
I was super nervous, my hand was visibly shaking as I pointed out the logic and loops in my solutions. Somehow, I made it through and was invited for the 2nd round the next week (result in the next chapter). Overall, I'm glad I attended. It's not as bad as I thought and I got to meet a lot of cool people there.
I feel like I'm overwhelmed and stretched too thin over the many things I have to achieve on a weekly basis. I'm currently processing it all and planning for a more balanced schedule.
Side note: Does anyone here ever feel like every time they look up a framework or API, it is defined by 10 other names/vocabularies that you also have to look up?
Next chapter: Dagger to the Heart - Job Search Week 2