I've been applying for jobs... lots of jobs, but I'm not getting any feedback at all. I'm not getting any calls. I'm not even getting many emails with canned responses like "we decided to move forward with another candidate".
I'm aware of a number of problems with my resume and my personal branding. I'm working on improving that, a little at a time, but I'm not letting it delay my application to jobs I know I can do right now. I expected a lot of rejection, but I didn't expect people to just ignore me.
I'm hoping someone here can help me identify the biggest problem with what I'm doing so I can focus on fixing that first.
For the record, I'm not spamming. I'm reading lots of job posts and carefully selecting the ones I know I can do. I'm writing individual cover letters for each one and, when possible, I address people at the company directly.
Here are some problems I'm aware of:
- I'm American, but I live in Malaysia. So, I'm only applying for remote positions right now. (I want to move back to the US eventually).
- I have a huge gap in my work history due to health and family issues. I've left some of my previous employers out of my work history because the health issues caused my employment to end prematurely and negatively.
- I do not have any kind of formal education or degree, but I do have several certifications including a Front End Development certificate from Free Code Camp.
- I lack a proper design portfolio. This is partially due to my work hiatus and partially due to poor organization skills on my part. I have been very active on CodePen and GitHub, though.
Here's my resume, as a web page: https://vaggrippino.github.io/CVRemix/
I'm including these because I include them in my cover letters and I think they're relevant to the question:
Stack Overflow https://stackoverflow.com/users/2948042/vince
... or you could just google me :)
I don't understand why this was considered a request for a review of my résumé or profile, but I'm not updating it to release that hold. I want to thank you all for the excellent feedback, but the comment boxes are too small.
Pffft! ... You don't know what brutal is. I was braced for "You're too old to get a job and too stupid to get a degree! Get a job cleaning toilets!" Instead, you told me what's wrong and how to fix it. For that, I'm grateful to this community.
I can't return to the US right now. The reason would take too long to explain.
I can't get any formal education... especially not anything that costs money. My finances are such that I can barely buy food.
Legally, I can work here, but there are cultural, political, geographic, and economic barriers that make it infeasible. There's also very low demand for IT work here in Sabah. This one would take too long to explain, too.
I've been trying to make up for that gap in my work history by learning. I've been reading documentation and completing tutorials. That's why I am so confident about my skill set, but also why I have nothing to show for my time other than some free online certifications. I've had this unexpressed wish that employers would just test me so that I could prove I really know all this stuff.
What I can do is work on my résumé and it's clear that's where I need to focus first. I wasn't always so negative. I guess being out of work for so long has affected my demeanor.
Some of that missing time was spent talking to doctors and numerous specialists. Some was spent dealing with failed treatments and unpleasant side-effects. Some was spent in total despair over my predicament. And some was spent learning the discipline necessary to become a functioning human being again. I made it through that. I'll make it through this.
Off-topic ... whatever... I asked what I'm doing wrong in my job search and I got some excellent answers that I can use to do better. As far as I'm concerned, this was an excellent question and this Q&A site works better than many of the other Stack Exchange sites.