Hey guys, I’m looking for a bit of guidance on how to land my second job in the field. My first job lasted around 9mos. (mostly remote gig) and now with the virus situation, I’m not sure how long my unemployment will last. I continue to learn new tech, listen to podcasts, and code every day. My resume, linkedIn, everything is updated, my portfolio site was recently made showing a mix of personal and professional projects, and I apply on various sites, then message people working at those companies at LinkedIn.
Since January, I have had 6 take homes all to have been rejected in replace of another, more experienced candidate. On each of the take homes, I submitted them before the deadline, ensured I put my all into it (which clearly wasn’t enough), and have been rejected each time with a “Sorry” e-mail. There are much worse things in life, so don’t think my intention here is to complain, but it is incredibly discouraging to get these takehome tests without speaking to a person — potentially having some human interaction? I don’t want to plug my GitHub or LinkedIn, but I guess I’m looking for overall advice as to what I could be doing wrong or how hard the competition really is out there?