If you have an upward career, chances are that you didn’t get the job. This is a common situation, but it can be hard to see what you might want to do next. Here are a few things that you can do to get your foot in the door again.
You can try asking around for a position at your current company. If you find out that there’s no openings, you can always ask for a part-time position at a small business you know or like.
Or if you can get your foot in the door, you can try asking for an interview. Just look for a position that you know how to do well. If you get an interview and are happy with the job, chances are you’ve got the foot in the door.
Its best to be honest, but there is also a risk of being a jerk. Being a jerk is, well, a jerk. We all know it, but it is still a risk. To a certain extent, it is better to be a jerk at any career than be just a jerk. To be a jerk is to be a dick. The risk is that you are unlikely to ever get another opportunity, and then you will be left behind.
Upward careers are in many ways like a college entrance exam. You are given a set of skills and then asked to prove your skills in a specific job. You get better jobs by doing well, and you get better jobs by doing well in each job. In some ways, upward careers are just a different way to think about getting an entry-level job.
A recent story by the Wall Street Journal entitled “Upward careers: How to land your first job at Google, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Apple, or Amazon” offers some insight into the current upward-skills craze. The article focuses on how the rising tide of upward-skills candidates is affecting the companies that are recruiting high-school juniors and seniors to become software engineers.
In any case, the article also touches on the changing job market for engineers. It points out that the number of engineers employed by the world’s most successful companies has declined over the past several years.
This is not a good sign, especially for those of us who want to work in the tech industry. While the overall US job market is still relatively strong, the number of entry-level jobs has increased. We’ll need to see if that trend continues once we get to companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon.
We hope those jobs continue to stay in the tech sector because there are a lot of great people in tech. Of course, the more “entry-level” jobs we have the less likely it is that we will end up with anything like a “good” job. It’s true that we can work our way up to the tech jobs that we want, but it’s also true that there’s a lot of competition for those jobs.
There are certainly people who have the skills and experience to become employees at tech companies, but you’ll see us at the company of those people more than at the company of the people who want to work at tech companies. In the end, we want to choose our companies based on the people we want to work for them, not based on where they were or where they have been.