I love acronyms and this episode title fits right in. JAM Session stands for Job Acquisition Method. These are straight shooting, no-holds-barred conversations about how to get great jobs at the world’s best tech companies. Today’s conversation is all about the application process. I answer common questions like how to use referrals, how to follow up after an interview, and how long the average recruitment process takes. Get ready for some great advice on how to land land a great job at the world’s best tech companies!
In This Episode:
[01:01] How long is the recruitment process
[03:18] How to know what level of role to apply for
[04:60] Best times of the year to apply
[06:37] Apply or reach out for a referral first
[07:45] Referrals: How many is too many?
[09:34] Follow up timeline
The Kadima method teaches job seekers to cast a wide net by choosing 40+ target companies, building out a network at those companies, then searching and applying for relevant opportunities. If recruiters are talking to a handful of people, why shouldn’t job seekers do the same?
You want to apply quickly, within the first week or two of the job posting. If you don't apply within those first couple of weeks, you most likely won’t be considered for one of these great opportunities.
The best time to follow up is the day before or the day after the recruiter said they would reach out. And it's always good to act energized and make the company think that they're your number one choice.
Alan empowers people to confidently land high-paying jobs at the world’s best tech companies. He spent the first chapter of his life building his resume at companies like Google, Facebook (now Meta), Salesforce, and American Express. Alan has achieved his success by employing a growth mindset, persevering through numerous setbacks, and building long-lasting relationships; all sprinkled with a healthy dose of privilege and luck.
Alan’s next chapter is dedicated to writing his eventual eulogy. He strives to leverage his successes, wisdom, and experience to level the playing field for all candidates and employees.
Inspired by Ibram X. Kendi, David Brooks, Tim Ferriss, Brené Brown, Temple BEth Elohim in Brooklyn, his amazing wife, and countless friends and family, Alan founded Kadima in July 2020. Kadima, which means “forward” in Hebrew, is on a mission to accelerate 1 million careers.
His mission is to grow and develop people. He is a hiring manager professional with extensive recruiting knowledge through reviewing over 10k resumes, interviewing thousands, hiring hundreds, and promoting dozens. In his 34-year career, Alan has worked for 21 different companies, including Google, Facebook, Salesforce, American Express, UBS, the New York Mets and the Toronto Blue Jays. He has had 35 different bosses, 29 different jobs, and has interviewed more than 2,000 candidates. As a candidate himself, Alan has interviewed thousands of times for hundreds of jobs, receiving dozens of offers.
Born in Long Island to loving parents, Alan was a first-generation college student. He is thankful that his parents were able to support him going to college and graduating without any student debt. After graduating from Binghamton University with honors, Alan got into a prestigious psychology Ph.D.program with a full ride. After a semester, Alan withdrew to make his first career transition into finance. Alan is now on his sixth distinct career and has become an expert on career pivots.
Alan is very appreciative of his upbringing because it has given him a passion for giving back and supporting others as his family, friends, and colleagues did for him. Alan is dedicated to growing and developing people and is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion inside and outside of the workplace.