Ask HN: How to break out of a terrible job cycle?
I'm a self taught developer who got my start doing some freelancing some years ago. Since then, I've bad an issue finding decent jobs. I've been able to find jobs, sure but typically they end up being rather poor, both in pay and operation. I ended up burning out for a while and am just coming back. I dont believe I'm an amazing programmer right now, but I have slowly started to my spark back and playing with tech that's more interesting than legacy ASP.NET and MVC apps. I've even made my first open source code contribution to a moderately known operating system kernel. Unfortunately I'm stuck in an really bad area amd still look pretty unimpressive on paper.
I've started applying jobs,but ot feel as bad as when I did it a few years ago. Positions that I apply to that seem decent, my resume get filtered out of and the only way I seem to get interviews is spammy phone calls from foreign recruiters that hound me on not having education or not having the exact amount of experience on everything on their bullet point list.
I feel like I'm being condemned to work these crappy lower paying positions for at least the next several years. The issue is, that I need to start making more money asap, but I have weird externalities that make a lot of halfway decent jobs I get contacted about impossible.
Any advice on how to break what seems like an impossible loop?