We often publish success stories on our blog. You’ve probably assumed that we get these by the usual method of interviewing our successful candidates and posting their stories on our blog.
However, that’s not necessarily true. VanHack’s biggest asset is our community – we have more than 100,000 members, and a lot of them hang out in our publicly available Slack group. We currently have 64,538 members working together, sharing information, encouraging each other, and yes, posting success stories there.
This is just one of the many success stories that are posted on our Slack. If you’d like to join our community, create an account (always free), and you’ll get a link to join.
Without further ado, let’s read Evandro’s story in his own words.
Hi VanHackers! I have an interesting story to share with you.
This year a friend of mine moved to Australia to work for a big tech company. He had worked with me some years ago and invited me to apply to a position there as well. This was not in my mind at that time and we started to talk about it.
I’d just left my last project and was starting recovering my energy for a new restart, and the subject “Work abroad” suddenly became my goal. My friend talked about the culture, opportunities and a lot of good things. I became passionate about the idea of exploring new lands.
I started to prepare my LinkedIn and Resume in English and ask for recommendations on LinkedIn for my former colleagues and customers. This took almost a month of hard work.
In June I applied and my friend put me on the company referral program. This is one of the best ways to get hired. HR liked my profile and a screening video interview was scheduled for July the 3th. I was so excited and terrified at the same time. I took some English classes to make myself more confident and went to the interview.
Against my estimates, I didn’t even succeed in the screening interview. It was so frustrating.
This is when I found VanHack on the internet and made an account.
I found some other job sites and started to work with them as well, sending my resume for a lot of opportunities.
My self esteem was very low – I felt like I was not good enough to have another interview and I didn’t know how to improve because I didn’t know what was wrong.
VanHack has one huge difference from other job sites – I had to validate my English there were some other challenges too. This was the only service where I could feel the people working with me.
I purchased a premium subscription and immediately started to attend the English classes, not only to improve my English but to prepare myself for interviews.
I discovered that my problem was a lack of English interview practice and the classes fitted like a glove. I did my best to attend all the 3 hours of classes a day and the teachers were awesome! I tried to find ways to have a lot of interviews in English during this period too.
I didn’t get a job through the interviews, but with each new interview, I started to feel more prepared.
Then, I decided to apply to the VanHack Leap Event in Vancouver. I forced myself to get out of my comfort zone – this was my first trip abroad, my first trip to an English-speaking country and I was going to have job interviews!
The experience was amazing, I had the opportunity to get to know a lot of great people, and the VanHack staff was so supportive and nice (love you all!).
I was selected to be interviewed by 6 companies in one week and before returning to Brazil on October 6th I accepted one offer to work in Vancouver!
Wow, this was one of the best moments in my life, within a period of 3 months with VanHack’s help I went from failure to successfully getting a job!
Now I’m working – with the help of VanHack – on the processes to get a work permit visa and relocate to Vancouver!