After graduating in Statistics I had 3 different jobs for about 3.5 years as a Data Analyst at smaller tech companies. 3 years ago I decided to move to Amsterdam and I applied for lots of Data Analyst/Scientist positions from abroad and had interest/interviews from companies as Booking, eBay, Bol, big, and small local tech companies.
I ended up accepting a job offer from a Dutch bank as they offered a substantially higher salary compared to the other offers, which I valued quite a lot as Amsterdam is expensive.
When I started the job I realized quickly the job description was over-exaggerated, it was advertised as a technical Data Analyst, which it was not. I have discovered that banks are very far behind when it comes to technology. I did, however, stay because I was afraid of having 4 jobs in less than 4 years would look bad, then the colleagues turned out to be nice and the company promoted me quickly.
Currently, I'm only working at the bank because of the money and now I want to go back to tech companies as that is my interest. Earlier this year I started applying for jobs at essentially the same companies I applied for 3-4 years ago. The response I get is way less and when it's not an "automated reply" I try to get back to the recruiter and got the reply from 2 saying they are looking for more technical people.
This surprises me a bit as the only thing that changed on my resume is that I've added that I work for a bank. Can it really be that recruiters quickly filter away people coming from the finance industry because they also know it's not as "techny" or has the market changed over these 4 years and made my background less attractive?