Culture trains us to wait to be picked. Submit your resume, and if we find it interesting we’ll contact you. Send us three professional references and perhaps we’ll pick you for our program.
There are problems everywhere just waiting to be solved. Problems are not asking for your resume or professional references.
Once you realize that supply of people looking to do the very thing that you want to do is higher than the demand for them you’ll understand the easiest, and most sensible option is to Pick Yourself.