Joco Amante shares his journey of applying to over 500 jobs before finally landing his dream role. Joco invested his life savings to study for an MBA in Canada, but after graduating, he struggled to find work. He opens up about the constant rejection taking a toll on his confidence and the stress of being on a study permit. Joco provides valuable insights on lowering your expectations as a newcomer, extending your financial runway, and the importance of networking. Listen to this episode to gain perspective and actionable tips to land your dream job.

Episode Highlights:

  • Overcoming Rejection from 500 Job Applications
    • The impact of constant rejection on confidence and mental health
    • Pivoting career plans and exploring new options
  • The Stress of Securing a Job on a Study Permit
    • The pressure of finding work before your visa expires
    • Having to rebuild savings after draining them on education
  • The Power of Networking as a Newcomer
    • Focusing on connecting with Ivy alumni and fellow newcomers
    • Practicing your elevator pitch and scheduling informational interviews

Key Takeaways:

Joco reveals that perseverance and resilience are crucial when overcoming the challenges newcomers face. By focusing on expanding your network, staying disciplined in your job search, and being open to pivoting your initial plans, you can ultimately land your dream opportunity even after facing hundreds of rejections. Extending financial runway and tempering expectations are also key.

Where to find Joco

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In this episode, we cover:

  • 00:15 – Intro
  • 04:45 – Planning to Land a Consulting Gig
  • 06:42 – When Plan A Fails: Pivoting Your Job Search
  • 08:45 – Denied for Lacking PR
  • 09:48 – “Canadian Experience”: Unlocking the Mystery
  • 11:00 – When Rejection After Rejection Crushes Your Confidence
  • 14:07 – The Networking Secrets that Landed My Dream Job
  • 16:04 – Mastering the Art of Networking from Scratch
  • 18:45 – Crafting the Perfect Elevator Pitch
  • 23:31 – Racing Against the Expiring Work Permit Clock
  • 25:02 – How Constant Rejection Can Drain You Mentally
  • 28:03 – Using Commonalities When Networking
  • 31:33 – Tweets I Wish I Could Send to My Past, Naive Self
  • 35:52 – If Canada Were My Friend: Our Rollercoaster Relationship
  • 39:40 – Billboard Tips for Newcomers on Surviving Financially
  • 41:28 – The People Who Helped a Lost Newcomer Find His Way