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How to get a Job in Silicon Valley (Chapter 3)

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3 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. 01 What you will Learn

    • 2. 02 Main Process: Email Scripts #1 Intro Email

    • 3. 03 Main Process: The Secret

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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.

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“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 is highly focused and is the type of person who puts in the time and effort to solve a problem while not sacrificing quality. His attention to detail led to his design of a creative and great looking app." - Christine

"Nick's great at guerrilla customer development, he knows how to analyze data and make strong connections to the market. He understands the user flow when solving their problems." - Taso

"It was a highly positive experience working alongside Nick at DigaBlue and with the work ethic he has, I am certain that he will produce great results in his future endeavors." - Saif

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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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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: Email Scripts #1 Intro Email: So finally we get to write our first email script. It's very exciting because this is what's going to lead you essentially inside the door that a lot of people do not go through in companies. So let's get started. First, go back to our Google Drive folder and I want you to add a new Google doc and name email scripts. When you finish naming it email scripts, open it up, have a title, uh, have a title for the first email and then we're going to Ah, well, this is actually our first, the most group. So we're going to kind of understand what I'm doing here. And then you will be able to send this off, Of course, a modified version off to other recruiters. So first off, let's actually read over this and kind of go through what I'm asking. So again, you say hi, Name of the person I'm your name will go here, currently working as a product manager at we'd be so you would stay your occupation, where you were currently working right there. In the past, I've mainly worked at early stage start ups in product rolls. So again, you mentioned your past experience here somewhat like were you part of consumer companies? Um, what were you doing in terms of actual role? Where you Ah, computer science person. Were you a programmer? Business development. You would write that in here and then you would say, But after some research, I think I want to transition into a role at a larger company. Um, again, it depends on who you're targeting in this email. If it is a start up, you would say smaller company. Um, if you are targeting a larger company like Lincoln, you would say large companies because they have 10,000 employees. That's that's a big company. So that's the first paragraph, a little introduction about yourself, Then you say how you found them. So I noticed on lengthen that your recruiter at X So in this case, Tristan is a recruiter at Yahoo and you'll say that I'm considering applying for the associate PM role there. So again, this associate PM role, you're going to have to do research on the job description and the job board as to what role you're looking at for the company. And then you're going to specify that here in this specific section. And then you would say, I love to ask you a few specific questions. I have to see if I would be the right fit for the company. This is key here because you want a toe answer or you want some answers to some questions, which will again be very useful in this in the next lecture, where we talk about the big secret as to providing value for the for the company. So you want to start getting questions. And actually, to be honest, you mean it's like a dialogue. You wanna continue the conversation? So you know, you send an email, you get any amount back and vice versa. And actually, that's how you start creating some relationship with the company rather than just being another resume in another cover letter and then to finish it off in this statement here, I asked them for a quick 3 15 minute phone call sometime within the following week. If that's not available, I give him another date. So I say Friday, and if neither of those times work, I'm also very flexible. So again you have to say that you're flexible because again you are the one trying to provide value to them. You don't wanna mess up their schedule and you don't want to irritate them either. If you say something like 30 minutes or 40 minutes, that's too much of their time upfront because they don't even know you. So say a short amount and say that you're very flexible. I even include at the bottom here, PS I understand you're busy, so I'm happy to email you my questions If that's more convenient, What that means is that simply, um you said, you know, if they are busy, they can email you the answers. But again, we're trying to create that dialogue in that discussion and then lastly, down here, this kind of shows your credentials. So, you know, sent from my name Nicholas, have neki. Here is my profile. You can go visit it. Here is also my Twitter account. What's another good thing to have down here would be your resume. So if you have a resume so in my case, I actually have a resume located on my website. So there's that. So if you have ah, resume or a linked an account, that would be a great thing to put down here so that they can see your resume and get a quick glance as to who you are. But this is our first email and ah yeah just briefly explained what the different keys are with the sections required. But again, it's a very short as you can see two sentences here about three or four sentences here. That's all you need. And again, you're going to customize this for the different people you're going to be sending it out to. So if we take our first in most script here and look back at our strategy here, I remember Britney Chang, who is a PM at Yale. Well, we're going to essentially email her. So if we're going to go back to our email script, you know, we would say, Britney over here So high, Britney, I'm a PM at weeping. That makes sense. I noticed on Lincoln that you are a product manager product manager, that yoke and I'm considering applying for the associate. PM rode their luck to ask specific questions, which should be free for a 15 minute phone call. Uh, this week or next week, if not happy to email you my questions So this is something that we should send up to Britney and then hope for a response. Um, and again, the reason why I say hope is that a lot of people, a majority of them might not respond. But that's why we're going to send out multiple emails up to three to them, and that moves onto our Sorry let's move on to the next section, which is the strategy part of this first email. So if you go back to our main have this is Britney here? I want to talk a little about the strategy here. So if you go here to my right, you'll see the main strategy for sending out emails is sending out three emails Max once every five days to the same person. So and again, these are what the blocks will have inside of them. The first female 2nd 30 mouth responded interview project start finally mouth. But again, let me explain how this works. So if I emailed Britney that template that I've just shown you, um, we're going to say, you know, that was our first email to Britney and we're going Teoh, highlight that as orange right then we're gonna wait five days if she actually responds. Before that, we changed this response to responded, and it's going to be green. And now we continue the dialogue based on, you know, us getting answers from the questions that she gave us, and vice versa. So we continue it. Um, but again, if this does not happen, so we're going back to our first email, so go back to her first email. Um, it does not happen in five days passes. We're going to send out a second email, okay? And then we do that, and we wait. And then if another five days happens or another five days passes and we send out one more email 30 mil and again, nothing happens then Britney is pretty much a dead lied to us. So we can actually just ignore Britney. And we can call her dead lead, turn it red. And right now, we don't need to worry about Britney again. We don't need to worry about emailing her because again, she hasn't really responded back to us. So again, she must be busy or she doesn't care Onda again. A great way to check that If she's if she's actually opening the emails is the tool I mentioned. Probably male, right? So again you see here you can actually see who is reading your emails. So if you use the for example, the thunderbolt here, you get to see when they actually read the email or if no one's actually read your email. So you see, this person's actually read my email four times yesterday. So again, this is a great tool. Probably milk, as I mentioned before, to check who's looking at your email. But in this case with Britney, because after three emails, she has not responded or converted. She is dead to us. We don't need to worry about her. Now we start the whole process again and look for another person. So let's say Eric Smith, And right now we're gonna, you know, just a imaginary person here. We're gonna look for a new person in Yelp that is a PM, get their email, as we've done before with cell. How can rocket reach and then send them out the first email and do the whole process again ? And I believe this is what you're going to be doing. Clear 20 companies and you're 20 people first points of contact. And again, sometimes, sometimes in my experience, I went through two or three people before I got someone at the company to respond. So this is very key in terms of the hustling that I told you about. You need to hustle, and you need to be able to sometimes go contact three or four people and don't give up because a lot of people will just do it for the first person. And then, if you know Britney's gone, then I hope I can't work out you up anymore. It actually doesn't work that way. You can keep emailing other people, and then someone will respond, and then you can actually get in that way. So you know, don't don't be negative. Be positive if let's say people are now responding and keep going at it because I'm telling you based on my experience, each one of these company representatives will respond. If if the 1st 5 didn't the six person will so always keep that in mind, and that is our first email script and also the strategy behind it and how we're going to be ah, using, uh, this Google sheets so see you next lesson. And actually, in our next lesson, what we're gonna be focusing on is actually the main key process in providing value before the company. This is one of the most exciting secrets. I learned this from a few mentors of mine, and it's never let me down, so I can't wait to tell it to you. 3. 03 Main Process: The Secret: So I'm glad we figured out what the pre project is and that being the secret to creating yourself as a valuable figure compared to thousands of other applicants that apply for the same position. So the pre project is the key. Let me show you how you can get started in creating your own pre project based on any sector or whatever sector you are currently in. So if you go back to our special documentation folder, we're going to create a file called Pre Project. Open it up, and I want you to kind of list your companies and your project essentially brainstorm sessions here as to what you will be creating. Um, the only way to do a good pre project or the only way to start one is if you have already made contact with somebody, um, in the emails already. So if you, for example, in my case, already contacted Britney So this was at yo so because I already contacted her and center the first message. See, she responded back, saying, You know, I wanna help you out. I gave for my questions, and actually, she answered my questions back. Now we can do the pre project because she's already invested. And now you're going to use this information to give value to the company and her as well. So again, what I would want you to look at is again, you're going to do a small pre project by small meaning. It should take no more than three or four days, at most to complete. And it should be something that's part of the job description. So again, project based on the job. And also it should be based on some of the questions that you asked already currently about the company s in this case. I asked Brittney about certain things about pro product management. She answered it back. So these should all be in your answer. So, actually, if we look back at our product description here, you see that with yo, they like a B testing prototyping ideas in code to finding roadmaps. So again, designing building testing. So I presume it's gonna be testing with the users. So let's actually highlight the key things here that can be done in terms of a project, So this could definitely be done. Roadmaps can definitely be done, and essentially what you're doing is pretending to become a product manager before getting into that position. So do the work. Before you have the job design, build, test and release. That's actually something that we can actually do. Um, own key metrics about user acquisition of attention so we can figure out metrics that's no problem. And lead proposed analyzed experiments and experiment is actually something you could easily do as well. We're gonna highlight that. And now that we understand what the product manager for growth will do, we can actually do a simple A B testing experiment and collect metrics to help the company . So if they're looking for growth in this case, we're going to make we're going to dio experiment to figure out, you know, growth at the company on DA in terms of a sample. So I'm going to show you a sample of document that I made for the company. Oh, that I published on medium Uh and I'm going to kind of go step by step as to how all of that came together. Um, I used medium because it's very nice for publishing results, and I made it public as well, two reasons. One so that others could see and also give social credibility to it. So like or recommended. And it has a nice layout in terms of creating specs, if you will. So I'm going to show you briefly what I did. So for this particular job, Ah, being a product manager for growth requires that you do all these traits. I tried to embody as much of that as I could in my experiment here. So what I did was a usability test for yelps IOS application. So I focused solely on the iPhone itself and a usability test for it to gain user feedback on what was working and what wasn't, um, again, it's only a four minute reads or something very short, but again, it needs to be valuable for the company. So in my case, my main objective was to figure out the pain point of yelps, a results screen, local business profile and search screen. So again, in this particular screen, I'm using some of my design skills using the program called Sketch and then making nice, beautiful designs and telling them, you know, these are the main key points that need fixing, because these air where the pains are. And as a product manager, you do need to know where the users feel the most pain so you can alleviate tap eso. That's what I did there, and I wanted to test of these parameters. So again, something simple. Whenever you do a usability test, you want to know what the who the where and what you're going to be testing then in terms of primary research. So one way I got feedback was actually making a Twitter page for them and getting Ah, lots of followers to give me feedback another way was actually just asking people at my school or calling up a few friends. So I was able to interview for people and get feedback on their process with the up. So again use their feedback. And if I want to use their feedback, that's again use their acquisition and trying to figure out, um, you know what the users want but also leading and analyzing experiment. That's exactly what I did here. This was all part of an experiment to get feedback. Once I did that, I was able to organize and prioritize what was the most important thing I learned in search on boarding reviews and profiles. And then I was able to find two critical issues and one small issue with the iPhone application. Based on my user feedback, which was one with the profile screen, people did not think, you know, you could actually click it, but you can actually touch it. And, ah, you know, it'll take it to the review section. So that's one thing I found. And that's the pain point that Yelp could fix easily with a quick you I design. Another thing I found out was a lot of people would like to go back to, ah, previously type the results, and that's something that they could easily add in their search menu here and then another thing in terms of design suggestions and this was just a small issue was like numbering the list. So then I made design suggestions here from current to revise profiles here to here, here to here, and then I just say, You know, I didn't You always have to say at the bottom because, you know, I didn't work for you. Maybe in the future that I'm a product type person. I don't represent you up, but I really enjoy. Yup and kind of introduce yourself, uh, in this article and this was my usability test. And let's actually look back at the description and you can actually see that. You know, I did actually a lot of a b testing because I was, you know, testing out four years or experiences and trying to see what they liked about what they did and what they didn't know about it. So I proved that out in terms of road map. I didn't do anything with roadmaps, but I did design a new u I I did build it out using ah, design tools like sketch. I did test it out with users, and I did not release anything. However, I released new findings and results and in terms of key metrics for user acquisition and retention, um, the key metrics were or I didn't really specify the metrics. But what I did, though, show is, you know, I was able to get users on board and, uh, you know, make make him alleviate the pain again, because that's what a product manager needs to do. Find the pain points and fix it. And then, in terms of leading and analyzing experiment. This entire test was an experiment, so we did that. So now that is a century. A project that you could dio. So that was just a quick walk through of what I did. Um, And again, this would take you something 3 to 4 days. But it does work, believe me. And in the next video, I'm going to show you the response as to what happens when you send something like this to a recruiter and a company.