You want to work in a fast-paced environment at an exciting startup but it is too early for them to come for campus placements.
What to do in such cases?
You can apply for off-campus placements.
Off-campus placement is when you get placed at a company without your college being involved in the process. In case of off-campus placements, you need to directly send job applications to the companies that you wish to join.
It opens up a wide variety of job opportunities for you that your college would not be able to provide otherwise. So if you belong to a Tier 2/3 college or if you are looking for a job opportunity in your dream company that does not visit your college campus, you can always apply using the off-campus process.
How to apply?
There are four major ways through which you can apply for an off-campus job opportunity in a company:
- Careers Page
- Job Referrals
- Hiring Challenges
- Talk to a Recruiter
Almost every company has a career page where they post all their job openings. Regularly check the career page and apply for a suitable job opening.
Where to find the careers page?
- Open the website of the company you wish to apply to
- Scroll to the bottom of the webpage
- You will find the link to the “Careers” or “Job” page there
Link to the career pages of some of the top product-based companies:
- Google Careers
- Facebook Careers
- Microsoft Careers
- Amazon Jobs
- Flipkart Careers
- Uber Careers
- Tower Research Careers
- Bloomberg Careers
- DE Shaw Careers
- Goldman Sachs Careers
- Intuit Careers
- Expedia Careers
- Booking Careers
- MakeMyTrip Careers
You can also check for job openings on job portals like: LinkedIn Jobs, AngelList, InstaHyre, Naukri, etc.
If you do not find relevant openings on the career pages, you can email the company by sending a proper application mail with your resume.
How to find the email address?
Google for “careers@replace_with_company_domain” and “jobs@replace_with_company_domain” and check if any of it comes up in the search results.
The ratio of selections to job applications is extremely low at most companies. To increase this ratio, companies generally have an incentive program for its employees to refer people they think would be good hires.
A referral is a very good option to get an interview call from a company. Many companies skip the preliminary referral tests and start with the main interview process.
Referral Process at most companies:
- You reach out to a person working in the company you want to apply to
- The referrer then shares your profile with the recruiter
- The recruiter gets in touch with you if your profile matches with the job requirements
If you have seniors working at your dream companies then it should be fairly easy for you to get a referral. Otherwise, you can reach out to people on LinkedIn to get referrals.
- DSA coding questions
- DSA coding questions along with MCQs on CS concepts.
- Development challenges
Take part in these challenges and try to get a good rank. If you do well, you can get an interview call from the company.
Talk to a Recruiter
Recruiters are people who either hire for their companies or for some other companies. It makes a lot of sense to directly reach out to them if you are looking for a job at companies they are associated with.
Building a good LinkedIn profile can help you a lot in that.
Note that getting an interview call through off-campus placements is not as easy as on-campus placements. Unless you have an extremely strong background, you may have to apply to hundreds of companies to get a favorable job offer. The best time to apply is in the final semester preferably around April/May.
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