So just got email from my potential investors - saying they are not interested. This is my second major failure this year.... I spent my every dim on developing the prototype.
Now I am dead broke and unemployed.
I have sent 10 job applications - gotten no reply.
Open Freelancer account (fiveer, upwork, guru).
Yet no gig.
I am slowly going into depression.
Please can someone help me and give me a damn gig or job.
I still believe in my entrepreneurship pursuit but right now, with zero money to do anything, I just want a job damn.

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    Best of luck.

    Note that 10 applications in terms of a job search isn't a lot.
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    Your website should have more information than lorem ipsum, and lacks https.

    If you apply somewhere, you should present yourself from your best site.

    Try to ask yourself, why would you never hire yourself. Then work on those things.
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    Oh and heads up!
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    LinkedIn, as long as you ignore the obnoxious virtue-signalling posts, has always worked for me. You get recruiters reaching out to you. I found a lot of jobs that are not even advertised online through contacts (random recruiters, previous co-workers, referrals, etc.)

    Another way I get offered jobs is through some tutorials I post + GitHub portfolio. Every now and then I will get emails from people who say they are trying to do the same thing and if they can hire me for it. I haven't tried accepting any of these yet.
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    Alright OP, buckle up your seat belt.

    I am in pretty much the same position except I have minimum wage job but that is not sufficient.

    Anyway let's understand your problem first and then work on potential solutions.

    1. Major failures. Shit happens and it's unfair most of the time. Do what you can about the situation and let go what you cannot. Simple strategy worked is never put all eggs in single basket. I have done the same mistake multiple time even after giving this advise to others so I understand it is easier said than done.

    Figure out why you were rejected by the investors and if you are serious about your start-up, then I can help as I have built 2 successful products in last few months and even got an investor interested long time back. So there are some strategies that help. I didn't go for investment because I want to bootstrap while working a day job.

    The sole idea of business is freedom and don't want to be under investor burden.
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    2. Dead broke and unemployed. As a founder you should be visionary and must have had prepared for all circumstances (including this one). Might be a reason which reflected in your product and investor turned you down.

    You should have had enough backup. Fuck whatever happened and let's see what can be done. Get help or make sure you find a source of revenue until you stabilise yourself.
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    3. 10 job application?
    While I agree job switching is relatively easier for devs, 10 is almost nothing. I have sent nearly 1000+ in last one year (via LinkedIn, career's page of website, job sites, references, etc.)

    Heard from few. Did land interviews but only 2/3 offers which I turned down because they were crap. Got one solid offer but went hanging. I am back to almost zero after a year full of crazy efforts.

    Understand where or at what stage are you failing in your job hunt.

    Key is to build a ATS friendly resume with all the keywords to by pass machine filter and for HR screening read back to them their requirement saying you already do that.

    Then you can have a good chance of landing interviews where you will fail initially.

    But eventually you should get past one. More darts you hit, more are your success for bulls eye.

    I am doing the same now (because that's where I failed).
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    4. Freelancing is not easy at all. If it were, everyone would be doing it.

    I would just tag Josh's thread here which covers everything.


    5. Hang in there without your depression. Don't lost hope. I know it is difficult but when times are tough only thing we can do is be tougher. Also depression is more of biological than psychological thing. Talk to your therapist or GP to get your blood tests done. Medication can immensely help and also build a routine. Stay hydrated. Eat and exercise well. Rest fully and be compassionate with yourself.

    Everyone goes through shit and being harsh on yourself won't help.

    Connect with your previous employer and see if they have a position for you. Connect to network on LinkedIn for referrals and keep trying.

    There will be tons of more failures but in the end you will be on other side. Don't lose hope pal.
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    @dder If I'd find this out about someone/something I'd possibly invest in I'd do a 180 right away. Not to be rude to anyone but come on, it's 2020!
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    @F1973 @rutee your comments were super helpful, I guess I have to do more on my efforts and lots of self review- though I think why my prototype wasn't accepted was my co-founder fucked up pretty badly during the Q/A session ( last interview with inventors). Though it hard to be broke and positive - I think I will pick up my self and move on.
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    @ddsr please do me a favour and check again the website.
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