How to get a data science job with no experience in the US in 2022

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14 January

Getting a job as a data scientist is challenging. For the lucky ones among us, the process can reach its completion within weeks. But they’re in the minority. The overwhelming percentage of data scientists have to spend months looking for a before getting a breakthrough in their job search.

Provided you want to be part of the ‘lucky’ minority, you’re at the right place. In this article, we’ll provide you with a highly specific and step-by-step guide to getting your dream job as a data scientist in the United States. Read on to find out how to get a data science job.

Build a skill (and showcase it)

Pick a skill you think will help you become a competitive candidate. Use YouTube to learn it and build a demo or small tutorial. Make sure you don’t spend more than a few days on the entire process. If you’re feeling high on energy, you can pick and build demos for two or three skills.

Alternatively, if you are confident about your existing data science skills, you can prove yourself to the world by taking part in data science competitions. They include:

  • Numer.ai: Numer.ai is the self-proclaimed hardest data science tournament on the planet. It requires data scientists to build machine learning models that could predict the stock market based on abstract data and rewards winners with hundreds of thousands of dollars. Click here to know more about Numer.ai
  • Kaggle: Kaggle is a community of data scientists from around the globe. Its organizers hold multiple competitions in various fields around the year. You can enter any competition, upload your prediction and stand a chance to win amazing prizes. Its discussion form also enables you to find lots of tutorials from your fellow competitors. Click here to know more

The next thing you ought to do is to put your tutorial/demo online. Add it to your LinkedIn profile and seek the input of your fellow connections. This will let them know that a) you want to learn from your fellow professionals and b) you’re a team player. Also, add a link to your demo in the ‘Projects’ section.  

Get active on LinkedIn

According to research, 7 out of 10 recruiters use LinkedIn to find or vet job candidates. But simply having a LinkedIn profile won’t get you your dream data scientist job. You’d also have to optimize your LinkedIn profile to rank highly for data science jobs you are interested in.

Afterward, follow these steps to make the most of your LinkedIn profile:

  1. Send 10 – 15 connection requests to your fellow data scientist per day.
  2. Message your connections and inform them you’re looking for a data scientist job.
  3. Share articles related to data science. This will show your connections that you’re enthusiastic about your field.
  4. Comment on other people’s posts to answer questions related to data science. Doing this will prove to others that you know about your field.

Get active on Glassdoor

Glassdoor doesn’t only give insights about jobs, companies, and salaries. You can also use the website to create your profile, upload a resume, and apply for jobs. And that too for free. Glassdoor, unlike LinkedIn premium, doesn’t charge anything from its users. 

Here’s how you can use Glassdoor to find a job as a data scientist:

  • Read five data scientist job descriptions. Type ‘Data Scientist’ in the Glassdoor search bar, press ‘Enter’, and read the top five job descriptions. This will let you know the skills you need to build – or, if you already have them – include in your profile to get a job as a data scientist.
  • Unlock Glassdoor reviews. You can do this by submitting a Glassdoor review itself. The reason we suggest you unlock Glassdoor reviews is that it will give you the lowdown on the company advertising a vacant job posting. This might help you in tailoring your resume accordingly.

Prepare yourself for the interview

After you’ve received one or multiple job interview invitations, it’s time to start searching for what the interviewers might ask you when you’re face to face with them. Several websites will help you in this regard, including, but not limited to:

  1. Commonly Asked Data Science Interview Questions
  2. 100 Data Science Interview Questions and Answers for 2021-2022
  3. Most Common Data Science Interview Questions and Answers

Note that there isn’t any guarantee that any of these questions will be asked. Having said that, reviewing the questions – and brainstorming the answers – will allow you to prepare how to approach the technical part of the interview. This may give you an edge over other candidates. 

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