Tips on Transitioning to a FT Data Science Role

How much recon on the corporate culture have you done?Get ProfessionalSo many free resources exist with tips on technical resume writing.

Dedicate a week to studying and implementing them.

Use grammar check and then have 2–3 recruiter friends and 2–3 technical friends one-over your work.

Personalize your resume per position, and always include a thoughtful cover letter if that’s an option.

If not, include it anyway as the first page of your PDF.

Before mucking out my CV, my response rate was around 1:14.

After a polish it out, I was batting around 1:4.

The same skills, just different text and arrangement.

For starters, be succinct and try to keep it 300–600 words max.

If you do a good job on your resume, you’ll have a chance to talk more during your phone screen and later interviews.

List your titles and measurable relevant accomplishments.

If you don’t have DS work experience, drop some of your projects and public speaking engagements to show SME.

Get InYour network is your net-worth.

Companies absolutely love hiring people their employees vouch for.

Spend time building your network, online and offline, while taking MOOCs, attending meetups, and competing.

If there’s an employee present from of one of the companies you’re targeting, introduce yourself then DS geek-out.

A casual way to close a fun night of discussion is ask them if it’d be alright to connect with them professionally on LinkedIn.

Let the sauce simmer a little, then follow-up with a well crafted message asking them what they think about the department / position you’re gunning after.

Then hit them with the resume and referral request.

Foot in door phenomenon, friends.

—For any offer you take up, one should consider four things:Do you enjoy doing what you’re doing?Are you, your coworkers, and direct report competent in the field?Are you positively impacting people?Are you getting compensated competitively?We have a beautiful field and industry (except a certain toxic sub-reddit) and practitioners of data science have a solid shot of striking all four.

If you’d like to talk data science or want another set of eyes on your resume, tweet at me and I’ll share free personalized suggestions, time permitting.

Two last pieces of advice.

Don’t ever get discouraged.

I applied to almost 60 jobs spanning 56 companies (shameless, I know!), but only got interviews at eight of them.

Most companies will just ghost you and not even do the courtesy of a rejection notice.

Keep your head up and don’t take it personal.

Internal politics, budgets or lack thereof, inactive projects, time mismanagement, and many other factors are likely at play.

It’s not *always* because someone else swiped your spot.

Keep trying and you’ll eventually land something.

Second, be vigilant about guarding your privacy.

Amass as much info about the company posting the position as you can.

There are a lot of firms with simple 3–4 page websites that just suck up resume and personal data.

Don’t fall for them no matter how sweet their tune sounds, and never share your SSN until after you have a penned offer from a company you trust.

Good luck!.. More details

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