Hi! I'm new here. A friend shared Elpha with me this morning after I shared some of the feelings I've been having in my job search efforts.
I've been in the B2B SaaS space for about 10 years (and I have about 14 years of work experience). First, I sold SaaS and now I'm a PMM. For the first 3.5 years of my PMM career, I was in-house. Then I took 6 months off to freelance as a PMM and then joined a consulting agency full-time.
I have gained a lot of really good experience over the last 5+ years, with customers, with sales enablement, with positioning and messaging, and even with GTM. My sales career also has helped my PMM skills a ton. But because I haven't been in-house for over two years, I haven't worked closely with a product team for a while (for more than 6 months at a time). Our contracts at the agency are usually about that length. I'm currently looking for in-house roles again at the Sr. PMM level.
Anyway, I recently was rejected after a test-project where I had to put together my approach to figuring out product market fit, a high-level GTM plan, and a piece of enablement. It really impacted my confidence. I'm worried that I actually don't have a good skill-set now, or that I'm not going to find anything, or that working at an agency has ruined my resume. I know these are all stories, and I AM a believer that this rejection is creating space for something that's in more alignment with me and what I want/need/where I can best serve.
But I'm just down.
Interviewing is exhausting. Rejections are deflating. I feel like I'm taking a beating.
Any thoughts? Words of encouragement? Relatability?