The following is a success story from u/OEaholic with some light edits. Visit our Reddit community r/Overemployed.
Hey everyone! I felt it was time to share my story of how I went from unemployed to having three jobs in a span of six months. If I can do it, anyone with interest, skill, and hunger for money can achieve it. Of course, experience is important as well. I hope this will help anyone who is looking to take advantage of OE. I am a US citizen who has immigrated from a South Asian country when I was young. I completed my MBA from a top 50 university and graduated in January 2021. Isaac’s note: also see our how to break into tech in your 30s.
$30k of Debt and Jobless
From January, I had a loan of about $30k from my MBA program and I found it difficult to get a job for three months. I was doing part-time jobs while searching for jobs using LinkedIn and Blind. I applied and got interviews for all kinds of companies. The roles I was looking to get were Data Analyst/Business Analyst type roles. I had done more than a dozen interviews from January to March of 2021 and my expenses were piling up. That propelled me to dig in and find a job.
The Hidden Gem: Contract Roles
I started looking into contracting roles which were a game-changer for me. I have found that contracting roles had less strict criteria and require only one or two interviews before you are hired. Isaac’s note: very true, just understand the other side is looking for someone who is plug-and-play and experienced.
I was always interested in getting multiple jobs, so I found that finding contracting jobs was the way to go. Of course, there were negatives which I will explain later in the post.
J1: A contracting job at a FAANG company.
This was March 2021 and by this time I was desperate. Since it was an interview for a FAANG company, I barely had any hopes of getting the job and this was also my first contracting interview. The company did two rounds of interviews and hired me the same day of my second interview! I was hyped. This was a business analyst role and the annual pay was $127K. I immediately accepted and worked only at this job from March, 2021 to May, 2021. In these three months, I got accustomed to the work, my team, and my manager. Luckily, I had one of the best teams one could ask for, my manager was amazing at what she does, and the team was extremely flexible. I am good at what I do and my team completely trusted me. We had a daily stand-up, but other than that, no one bothered me or asked me what I was doing as long as I got my work done. I never worked over 20 hrs per week except for a few times but got paid for all 40 hrs.
By May, I started looking for J2. Again, I only looked for contracting roles and was able to find a job within 2 weeks from search to hire (it helped I had FAANG on my resume).
J2 and J3 enter the game
J2 is a contract business analyst role at another FAANG company paying $141k. The work here is a little bit more hectic than J1 but still manageable. Luckily, this job only has two meetings per week. And as long as I show results, no one questioned or bothered me. This is a plus for being a contractor.
In July 2021, I started looking for J3. This was another contracting role and the recruiter reached out on LinkedIn. I couldn’t resist saying no and interviewed for the role. This was a PM role at a major social media company paying $134k. The team is really good and since it is a PM role I have quite a few meetings at the end of each quarter but other than that manageable with a lot of freedom.
I have been working three jobs since July 2021. Even though it’s difficult at times, I found a way to manage and now it’s easy for me to handle. Of course, I have been fortunate enough to get three jobs that have good teams and manageable workloads.
Total Compensation Breakdown
- J1: $127k
- J2: $141k
- J3: $134k
Since it’s contracting, I don’t have other benefits such as allowance, stocks, company insurance, etc. I have noticed that when you are a contractor, the focus on you is a little less than FTE. I also feel that this gives me leniency to work multiple jobs. Isaac’s note: the flexibility and balance of contract work can make up for the lack in RSUs and other benefits, OE is all about prioritizing you.
OE Tech Tips
I use Logitech MX Master keyboard and mouse since it gives me a chance to connect to all three laptops at once and I can switch between them easily at the click of a button. I also have all work related apps on a separate work phone that gives me the chance to respond to any chats/emails immediately. Check out our other tech tips that have worked for countless others in our OE community.