Hi Dan, I didn’t skip all recruiters. I ended up meeting with at least a dozen of them, but none of them panned out. It was kind of a waste of time, honestly, since it just felt like I was being given nothing but empty promises from each one.
I found my current job through ZipRecruiter. Their job posting wasn’t that appealing – it was part-time temp work with a low hourly wage listed – but I thought it was worth a shot since it was a great company, and at the very least maybe I would get some interview and/or professional experience. It ended up working out tremendously for me. I was hired at a higher rate than was listed. I started by doing 24 hours per week, then quickly got bumped up to 35, and then finally 40 before being told they wanted to bring me on board with a salary position. It definitely helps to keep an open mind in the job search and apply to part-time and/or temp positions if you can because you never know where they might take you. It’s all about getting your foot through that first door.
I also scored some interviews through AngelList. That site is hit or miss though since it’s startup-oriented and many can’t afford to pay much out of the gate. LinkedIn, Indeed, Dice, Glassdoor, Craigslist and Hired are all worth searching as well. Good luck on your search!