8Starting Your Job Search

The thought of searching for a data analyst job was the most intimidating part of my transition. I had no idea what to expect, except that I would be putting myself out there to face rejection! In this chapter I will share with you all the questions I had (and ones I get from my followers), along with my experience with each.

How Do I Know When I Am Ready to Start My Job Search?

I often hear people answer this question with the advice, “Before you are ready.” The thing you need to know about job searching in tech is that if it is your first tech job search, it is probably going to take longer than you'd expect. So, many people will give the advice that you should start as early as you can, because there are lessons we all have to learn at the start of our search.

I'm not sure if I agree with this advice, but I do think there is merit to it. The thing is, if you start job searching before you are “ready,” then you are likely going to encounter even more rejections than you would otherwise. That can be really discouraging. So, if you are going to start job searching and applying before all of the “boxes” are ticked, I think that's fine! You just need to be prepared to go through a learning curve.

So, how do you know you are ready? Every ...

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