Thanks to Product Gym, I made the successful transition to product management and landed multiple PM job offers.
Even with your prior background, what made it difficult for you to generate interviews? What changed after you began working with Product Gym?
Highlighting the product management portions of my project engineering experience. Even in one of my interviews right before I started Product Gym, the interviewer said that I sounded good, but lacked the product experience that they were looking for, even though that I essentially owned products. To them, it was project engineering and not product management.
After working with Product Gym, I learned how to frame my background in the right way, so that others understood what it was and how it related to product management. The second thing was understanding how to sell myself a little better. How to not necessarily do the back-and-forth types of interviews and control the interview, so I can highlight my strengths instead of my weaknesses.
After joining Product Gym, how many interviews were you averaging a week?
12 a week has been my average. I've done more than 50 interviews since I started on February 15, 2021 and we're currently in April 5, 2021. The first two weeks was me figuring out my resume. I've filled out about just under 1,000 applications and I've gotten 50 interviews out of it.
How does it feel to have options in your job hunt?
It makes interviewing a lot easier when all your eggs aren't in one basket. It's really nice because you can go in [to interviews] and you can ask the questions that you might be too nervous to ask otherwise and know that even if it doesn't go well, you're alright and you've got a bunch of other ones coming through the line. You're not waiting on just one employer to get back to you. If they get back to you, then great, but if you don't, it's fine. You could have five other ones [companies] talking with you right now, so it feels like you're negotiating from a position of power.