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How to get a Job in Silicon Valley (Chapter 2)

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4 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. 01 What you will Learn

    • 2. 02 Main Process: Create your Job Document

    • 3. 03 Main Process: How to Get Anyone's Email

    • 4. 04 Main Process: How to Use Job Boards Effectively

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Main Description

Why is it so difficult to get a job in Silicon Valley?

I’ve applied to hundreds of job posts with no responses. What am I doing wrong?

I’m qualified for the job, but no one wants to interview me.

My resume is perfect, but recruiters are not contacting me.

If this is a problem you are facing in your job search, you are not alone. Millions of people are looking for jobs in the US everyday. More specifically, Silicon Valley is the hottest destination for technology companies with thousands of potential employees looking for a way in. What are the main motivations for working at a Silicon Valley company?

The main reason is the pay which can be $100,000 plus at companies, but it's also the ever challenging and changing environment. Another reason is the pace at which these companies innovate is unheard of in any part of the world. This is the reason why Silicon Valley always has a talent war to find the best of the best. 

Did you know that at some companies like Google, potential applicants exceed 1000? That’s insanely large. How are you supposed to get noticed with a 1000 person applicant pool? 

This is what I pride myself in teaching you because I have found the way to not only get noticed, but get that high paying job you deserve. With my course “You're Hired: How to Get a Job in Silicon Valley”, I teach the practical way in getting noticed at your prospective company.  I have designed it in a practical way so that when you finish the course you can immediately start getting interviews.

This course contains over 20 lectures and 1 hr of content. It's designed for people currently in their job search, or people passively looking for their next opportunity in Silicon Valley or USA. You’ll learn the tools needed to get the interview, write email scripts that resonate with the recruiter, build a relationship with the company, build a company funnel engine, and most importantly start getting recognized by the most prestigious companies in the world.

"How to get a Job in Silicon Valley” Course Structure

The course follows a familiar structure where in each video I will teach the concepts followed by the student applying the concepts practically. If your goal is get a job in a faster timeline, I suggest applying my method in a shorter timeline. You must be driven and HUSTLE to achieve these positions, but anything is possible today. 

Environment Setup

This course aims to simulate a live in-person course as much as possible. After you finish each lecture, you should practice and try to re-create the solution on your own. You learn the best by practicing and doing. 


At the end of the course, you will be asked to complete a job lead engine which you will then use to land your next career.

Testimonials from other Techustler Courses and the Instructor

“Great set of videos Nick! I really liked the format of the videos with you in the corner of the screen showing us how to use the website. Cool songs you use at the beginning of each video. It really gives off the vibe that your course is hip and up-to-date with modern times. You do a great job of keeping of with the times. Stay modern, but classy at the same time Nick!” - Penelope

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"Nick taught me so much, and invested a good amount of time being my mentor--teaching me to become a better non-technical leader." - Rohan

What is the target audience?

This course is designed for people with little or no experience in getting a high-paid job. It is for motivated and driven individuals who want to excel in their careers. 

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Nicholas Ivanecky

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I'm a product manager with 3 years of experience in both web and mobile products. I have worked on professional assistant mobile applications to local business advertising solutions on the web. Until recently, I led the product team for WeBeam, a professional networking tool focused on enhancing attendees's experiences at events. In this role, I managed the development of WeBeam from idea to live product. I created user flow diagrams and PRDs, collaborated with marketing to develop the user-interface and worked alongside engineers during development, QA, and user testing. Successes included growing pre-launch sign... See full profile

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1. 01 What you will Learn: so welcome, everyone. My name is Nicholas Ivie. Nikki, I'm the product manager of We Beam and I've also developed four Iowa s applications currently in the APP store. And today I'm going to teach you in this course on how to get a job in Silicon Valley and into the U. S. A. So what's so important about working in Silicon Valley? It's one of the best career experiences you can get. The biggest challenges are offered there, and also the biggest salaries also are offered there. Some of the programmers that I've spoken to have made over $150,000 just being junior programmers, some of them who are more specialized, like in the mobile space that can make upwards of 100 70 $180,000 a year. Now that's a lot of money. But what about let's say, if you're non technical product managers like myself can make upwards of 100 $40,000 so see , that's a lot of money for again providing huge value to these start ups as well as bigger companies in the Bay area. Um, but again, the main reason why I want to teach you is you need to understand how to sell yourself in order to get a job. And a lot of people can't really communicate that well, just, you know, handing a resume and a cover letter to a company. But I'm going to show you the extra steps needed to actually get inside their funnel and within a company, whether big or small, show them that you have value, you can provide them value, and then they'll reach out to you and no problem. And you'll have, ah, the entire staff, the recruiters, even some of the potential workers at the company already on your side. Vouching for you. Um, but again, don't take my word for, um you should look at the number of companies that have reached out to me. So you see these air companies like Lincoln Yelp Yammer, thumbtack, Airbnb, yahoo, Wikipedia product school. All these people have spoken with me because I was able to do proper communications with them. I was able to get far, far along in these interviews, and I'm gonna show you step by step on how you can talk with these companies, showcase your personality. You're ah desire to work for them. and at the end of the day and get ah, high paid salary position, right? Eso yes. So again I'm gonna be showing you scripts that I used to contact lengthen thumbtack some of the extra resources I've sent to them and in order to give them value and at the same time , Ah, different tools to you know, let's say get email Address is also be able, Teoh, you know, get a specific phone number if you were outside of the U. S. So a lot of varying strategies. But again, everything works if you hustle and put your mind to it. Um, which brings me to my last point as to why we're called tech hustlers. Uh, tech hustlers is something I started because I believe in order to do great work, you need to be actionable. You need to do in action in order to learn something. And again, practice practice makes perfect. So with this course, you are going to be hustling a lot, especially with your email writing an email, sending but this specific skill of selling yourself and even learning, you know, a bit of selling is going to help in the long run wherever you go. Your company potential, you know, start up if you're going to start one or joining a bigger, bigger company like Ellington or Apple or Google etcetera. But, uh, you know, it's all about practice and tech. Huster here. We're all about practicing and making sure you understand, Uh, that practice makes perfect. So again, thank you again So much for buying this course. I'm going to teach you the right way. The right frame where? And I just want to get started, so 2. 02 Main Process: Create your Job Document: So welcome back today we're going to focus on our job strategy document. And right now, as you can see, already made Excel file within Google Drive a zai mentioned to do before and again. Here's your job. Strategy 2016. Here it is Here. So let's actually lay out how are were spreadsheet will look like we're gonna have a company. Make sure you make this bold and size 12 fund Have the bigger the better. Esso company name are actually job link name position came out response one in response to this all what we need here. Copy it again. Perfect. And then after we're going to have a legend here Green orange, Right? Okay, convention will be 12 Bolt. Perfect. Okay, so let's just say right now for simplicity. No, we're looking at Dropbox Twitter and over these air all companies located in San Francisco right now. Next step would be to find are the link to the position you're interested in. So there's a product manager position at Dropbox. Um, everything will be product manager related, But again, you just need to ah, convert this chart into your industry. So if you're in software, software, engineering, Humana dues do more humanities driven work? Um, in terms of Twitter. So here's a product manager for email. I'm going to do that. And then uber advanced technologies for maps. That would be the PM perfect. Next thing to do is to actually find the people. So if I'm looking for a product management work, I'm going to look for senior level people. Um, and again you would fill that out. You know, for example, um, this is like a sample person. I don't know who this person is. It's just a made up one. But he would be, let's say, a senior PM and you know his email would be, Let's say, Sean, uh, dropbox dot com. So again, that's how you would fill it out here in terms of the responses. I'm going to show you that in a later video on how to deal with that once we get into the email scripts. But essentially, this is your main layout so far, but over here, at least, what I can show is that there's gonna be three types of colors you can use, whether it's green, um, orange or red. So you're always gonna have three colors. Green is always essentially a green light. It's good you there have been interview coming up or they read your message and they responded back. Orange is going to be something that you're like waiting for. So you sent up, for example, your first email to them and you're waiting. This one would be interview. You have an interview or that they responded back. Red means dead end. So again, if you have a dead end, um, you know, don't worry about this particular person anymore, but again, I'm going to show you the flow of it, Uh, more of the user floor email flow, Should I say as to how to contact these people? But essentially, here is our main template. And again, we're gonna populate this to about 20 to 30 companies. And, you know, you would be tasked to essentially get all these job links to have positions you're interested in and then continuing with the name and the position. But again, this is the main starting point and more coming a lot 3. 03 Main Process: How to Get Anyone's Email: So now we're going to focus on which chrome store applications we need in order to essentially get people's emails. And what I want you to do is go to Google and type in chrome store and click on chrome Web store. And right now I want you to look for two applications, which we're going to get extensions for. So what Number one is cell hack? Enter, Get so hack and I want you to add it to your chrome store so quick this year. Um, I already have it added, so I don't need to worry, but this is it. And then the next one I want you to get is rocket to reach. Rich, good rich. Think over here. We need to combine it. Perfect. Here it is rocket reach on again. I already added it into chrome, and again, I preferred rocket reach just because I do usually get the 100% correct email. But again, you only have a limited amount of emails you can get from them. I believe it's 10 before you need to start paying. So again, it's a good free option. Sell Hack is also the same thing Once you get to 10 searches for someone's email, then you would need to start paying. But again, um, now you have 20 emails that you could potentially, uh, email companies and get responses from. So that's much better result than let's get going through lengthen, trying to connect with someone and then trying to start a relationship that way. So greats another we have are two connected. Now let's actually focus on getting someone's email. So again, uh, in here, what I'm going to do is search up. Uh, product manager lengthen product manager Nuffer Lincoln's are for yelp. Uh, just because I want to connect with someone from me. Oh, so as you can see, uh, do Britney, Even though I really connected with Britney Chang, I'd like to actually, uh, send her a message. So going to hit Chang? Okay, so she's a product manager. Ideo I could use email hunter to figure out her email. So that's another party or another third party tool you could use. But again, Britney a d up dot com. This is about 68% confident that that is her m. O. I don't trust that I don't, uh you know, one of risk it. So what I will do is copy her. You are all here. Perfect. And I'm going to go into my rocket reach application, and I'm gonna actually type in my euro here and search for her. Okay, so you have one search. We're searching for Britney's contact information. And as you can see, it's already been added to the contact list here. And I'm hoping we will be able to find her information. And there it is. So you see, be chang at hope dot com. How are we going to verify this? Um, so this is another tool to use. Ah, it's another extension called rapport tive. So our a p p o r t I ve this a company was actually acquired by Lincoln, and you can essentially sense, um, someone's social presence with their email. So again, So I composed a new email and Gmail. I'm going to type her email in there and using reported on the side, you can see that actually, Britney chain pops up. This is her actual email. She is connected on LinkedIn with this email shows that has a Twitter account here. So I know that this is actually her email, and it's correct because her profile showed up. So this is a legit M o. So then I can copy that and move it into our jobs strategy for 2016. So again, I want to contact her because she definitely has some. Well, she has an end already at the company, so why wouldn't I want to connect with her? Our position is currently of PM, and this is her email and perfect. Now I have one candidate down and again, Uh, you know, there's a lot more to go through, of course. Like like I said 20 to 30 companies, but this is your main starting point. 4. 04 Main Process: How to Use Job Boards Effectively: So today we're going to focus on the job board and how to use it properly. So first thing you want to do is we're on Lincoln right now. We're going to search up a specific job. Uh, and I guess we'll stay in the same mindset as he up since our previous example was in Europe and we were able to get Britney's email address. So let's actually search up of position on the out some jobs that yo, and let's look for product Manager Perfect. It's a product manager at Yelp. Will save payments, Actually, maybe not payments. Let's do growth. So, a growth position at the company, We're gonna look at the job description. So here it is. And now I'm going to go back to her strategy. So here's their strategy folder job strategy. Take Hustler Doug. I'm going to add a new document, and I'm going to call it job descriptions. This is gonna be crucial for us, Okay? Don't call it job descriptions. You know, manager growth. Okay, just make this bold increase this be underlined as well. So right now what I want to do is actually take notes from this job description um, we're not gonna We're not going to hit the apply on the company website or anything like that. We're just going to read it and understand what the job is telling us to do. So again, product manager said, You have like to do a lot an average. They might be immersed in a B, testing prototyping and pondering contents, pecking out ideas and always using the site and after think of ways to improve it. So again, this is what you will be doing or might be doing. I'm going to copy that in there. As a product manager, you will identify the biggest opportunities to help did it. You know you will have the opportunity fully on the product area to find the road map and make it successful. So defining the road map that's also part of the job. Okay, what you will do. So this is probably the best source of information here. So have a massive impact on the product used by millions. Manage design, build test release process and to end strike for product perfection. Own key metrics for user acquisition proposed lead analyzed. Experiments perfect So much you're going to take this entire thing that is gonna be crucial for us. So let's move it here if you want. You don't need to form matter like I am, but I just want to make it neat. Um, now that we have it perfect. And I believe that is all the information we need. I mean, they're gonna be looking for certain credentials like tiki creds. So making sure you have a computer science degree or do you have some analytical, you know, skills in the data? Are you also designer as well? But we're not gonna be focusing too too much on that. What we will be focusing on is what the company wants you to do if you get hired. So that's gonna be crucial. And in general, um, how I want you to view job boards from now on is not so much you toe apply to them. You never apply to those job boards ever again. I don't think it is. Just not a good is not good source of your time nor investment. I'm spending, you know, hours submitting resumes. Filling out applications is unnecessary. I want you to instead understand the description. Uh, create a page for it. And then in the next video, I'm going to talk a little more about the email script on what you're going to be doing. But then I'm going to tell you the real secret in terms of providing value to the company, and this job description is going to be crucial.