Well it happened. My fully remote SaaS sales job that I'd had for 8 months with 0 quota requirements and a 12-18 month sales cycle was terminated. If I'm being honest with myself, I know I could have put in more effort to build the pipe. On the other hand, I'm still surprised they didn't want to give me a full year to see where my open deals could go, especially after getting my hopes up literally the day before being terminated about all the trade shows we were planning to attend in 2024. Plus, they had me selling a Chilean software in the US that wasn't fully translated to English, assigned me to a manager who could barely speak English, and were regularly canceling my weekly 1-on-1 and team meetings.
Ok enough venting. Point is, I've only been unemployed 10 days and am already feeling overwhelmed at how different the job market is now than it was just a couple years ago when I was last actively applying. Feels like getting my resume and cover letter through for a 1st-round interview is way harder now all of a sudden.
How do you guys beat the system? I know there's a lot of talk about aligning your resume and cover letter to match the keywords in the job description, but after doing that a few times, it feels like I'm just copying and pasting for the hell of it. Does it actually work? I also know there are AI tools out there that can help with that, but what is the point of the busy work?? Been hearing that even internal referrals aren't as valuable as they used to be.