Sorry if we’ve been too dumb to respond to you. Please cite evidence of exceptional ability in a few bullet points. Nothing else matters.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 8, 2021
Not Even Nikola Tesla Could Get Hired At Tesla
Elon Musk's comment about Nikola Tesla not getting hired at Tesla at the latest shareholder meeting has more layers of meaning than just the surface. On the surface, he means that Nikola Tesla may not have had the skills to get noticed or do an interview well to get a job, even if he had the talent.
But beyond that, I think it means more than that. It means that Elon Musk is saying that it takes someone exceptional in all areas to get hired by Tesla. One would have to be an excellent communicator, marketer, team worker, technically skilled, and a constant innovator.
Most people can't do all those things. I know for a fact, that even with a background in software engineering, were I to apply to Tesla today, that I would not get noticed. It's not that I can't get the job done. It's that Tesla and Elon Musk are looking for a very specific set of qualities and demonstration of exceptional ability and most people aren't going to make the cut - and that includes me.
How to Get Noticed by Tesla
To get noticed by Tesla, I think you are going to have to do much more than create a typical resume and try to call and setup an interview. It goes beyond that. If I wanted to get noticed by Tesla, here's what I would do:
- Decide what I want to contribute at Tesla and why.
- See if I am competent - no - exceptional at that skill right now.
- If not exceptional, stop right there and begin watching YouTube videos, reading books, and starting personal projects to gain expertise in that skill, spending 5 hours+ a day on it.
- Create some kind of project that is valuable to me, a group, or humanity as a whole, and make a public website showing it off, including articles and videos demonstrating why what I did was so awesome.
- Create a Twitter account and begin demonstrating said ability and tagging other individuals.
- Get feedback from fellow Twitter accounts, close friends, and family on improving what I've made.
- Show off my cool stuff on YouTube.
- Only when there is a broad consensus of honest feedback and in the affirmative that what I've created is amazing, would I then start contacting people at Tesla.
But I wouldn't just contact someone at Tesla on LinkedIn or posting an online resume. I don't think that's good enough. Because you'd have to hit a bullseye with the right wording and images to get noticed. I think it could be done, but I think most resumes and people get glossed over. I wouldn't do a normal resume to get noticed by Tesla.
Were I to do a resume, I would have the very first page of the resume be a picture of the awesome thing I've created and just a few words describing it. Then the next page would be a sentence of why I want to work at Tesla and the three characteristics that describe my exceptional ability in the skills Tesla needs. I'd then link to YouTube videos of my projects. That would be it.
An Example of Getting Noticed By Tesla
Let's say that I've been studying the field of artificial intelligence, neural networks, machine learning, and I want to work at Tesla. Well, in order to work at Tesla, you have to show your mastery in these areas and your amazing creations using them.
You would need to create a deep neural net and train it. I think the best way to do this would be a video game - either one you created, or one that already exists. Create an AI that learns over time and becomes a master at the video game. Or create an AI that is an expert at recognizing videos frame by frame, in real time, and judging distances.
These are the things you want to show to get noticed by Tesla. And you can't just show them. You need to present them in a way that is interesting. You could have an AI that is just like a human, but if it is boring and not used in a way that is interesting and valuable, it won't get noticed.
It's not enough to say, "I made this robot, look at me." Show more than that. Show the robot walking, jumping, talking, grabbing a spoon, being gentle with soft and fragile objects, and more assertive with hard objects. Demonstrate each of these in short and interesting video clips. That's what you would need to do to get hired by Tesla.
Getting hired at Tesla, especially for their AI team, or as a software engineer/technical position would be very difficult. You would have to basically be a master that is already creating amazing things far above and beyond anyone else to join the Tesla team. Otherwise, you'll blend in with the crowd.
This guy on YouTube is an example of someone that Tesla might notice. He's created neural networks to play Doodle Jump, Snake, and Tetris:
What do you think about getting hired on at Tesla? Is it a difficult thing to do? Have you ever tried to get hired at Tesla?
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.