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How do you go about recruiting for tech / FAANG? Cold apps keeep getting rejected, should I reach out to HR or employees?

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This is just my view but if don’t really know you and haven’t worked with you directly, I’m not giving you a referral.

I don’t understand why FAANG would seem to be any different or more mysterious than recruiting for most any other set of companies. Recruiters are looking for a specific skillset for specific roles.

My suggestion is usually to identify the role(s) you are interested in and look at peoples bios that are currently in those roles. Use that as a model and future write your resume for the job you want. Identify where you have gaps against the target skills or experiences, and figure out how to acquire those to close the gap.

That’s pretty typical. 80-90% of applications get screened out. You want either a referal or very close alignment with the role you’re applying for

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