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  • Andy Lester, LandTheTech JobYou Love http://petdance.com/ andy@petdance.com Resumes and Interviewing for Tech Jobs
  • Two key takeaways
  • #1
  • Your awesomeness is not self-evident!
  • You have to tell me about your awesomeness. In detail.
  • #2
  • Follow principles, not rules.
  • What it's like for me
  • I want to hire you.
  • You are a unique & beautiful snowake.
  • ... but this is my desk.
  • My three questions about you "Can she do the job?" "Do I want her working for me?" "Do I want her on the team?"
  • Don't expect the hiring manager to connect the dots.
  • Resumes
  • Common resume questions Should I put skills rst, or education? Does it have to be only one page? Should I list extra-curriculars? Should I leave off ... Should I tell about my ...
  • Why do you write a resume?
  • To get them to call you in for an interview.
  • Common resume questions Should I put skills rst, or education? Does it have to be only one page? Should I list extra-curriculars? Should I leave off ... Should I tell about my ...
  • Common resume questions Should I put skills rst, or education? Does it have to be only one page? Should I list extra-curriculars? Should I leave off ... Should I tell about my ... Will it make the reader want to call you in for an interview?
  • One page? Two page?
  • "No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough." -- Roger Ebert
  • If it's useful, put it in. ! If it's not, take it out. ! That may vary from resume to resume.
  • There is no Resume Police.
  • These clichs are worse than meaningless Professional; business-oriented Industrious; hard worker; dedicated Good people person; team player Motivated; self-starter; makes things happen Strong communication skills
  • Provide evidence, not self-assessments. Let the reader decide.
  • How do I get my resume to stand out?
  • None of these work Magic fonts Magic colors Magic layouts Magic "action words"
  • Nobody will read your entire resume without a reason to think it will be worth the time.
  • Start with a strong summary. This is the movie trailer for your resume.
  • List the top 3-5 aspects of your value. 21 years professional software development, most recently in Perl and PHP Manager and senior engineer for e-commerce site (3+ years) Develop object-oriented Perl and PHP, interfacing with Oracle and MySQL (8 years) Create intranet database applications with ColdFusion, Access & VBA (5 years)
  • Show me, don't tell me.
  • Use numbers! Numbers draw the eye. Numbers give a sense of size. Numbers are the language of business. Numbers express dollars and time.
  • Boring & ambiguous Provide desktop support by phone or in person as needed to minimize downtime Maintained hardware inventory and software licensing for ofce computers.
  • Interesting & precise Provide desktop support by phone or in person. Averaged 8.2 calls/day with 92% of user problems solved in under 30 minutes. Maintained hardware inventory for 120 ofce computers and software licensing of 45 different applications across the enterprise.
  • July 2010-present Night Operations Technician, Bug-Be-Gone Corp. ! * Maintained insect population by applying insecticides with truck-mounted sprayer. ! * Precisely tracked assigned paths through areas served. It came from my inbox
  • Principles, not rules!
  • NO! NO! NO! No lies No fudging No "objective" or "references available" No salary history Nothing illegal
  • Cover letters
  • Rule #1: Write one.
  • Rule #2: Write one for the specic position.
  • Dear Prospective Employer, ! Your Advertisement on jobs.perl.com for a ! Sr. Prog. for library book wholesaler ! caught my attention. I would like to apply. I am condent that I can perform the job effectively. My background and career goal, seem to match the job requirements well. It came from my inbox
  • I am much more than a programmer. In my long and varied work history, I have performed such jobs as knife salesman, manager of a hardware store, extracting retinas from bovine eyes as a neurological lab assistant, ower delivery driver and retirement home activities director, all of which make me a well- rounded candidate. It came from my inbox
  • I am much more than a programmer. In my long and varied work history, I have performed such jobs as knife salesman, manager of a hardware store, extracting retinas from bovine eyes as a cow eye sucker, cow eye sucker and cow eye sucker, all of which make me a well-rounded cow eye sucker. It came from my inbox
  • Your cover letter In plaintext in your email. Explains relationship with contact, if any. Explains what you're looking for, and what you can bring to the company. Shows that you care enough to send a personalized cover letter. Shows that you know about the company.
  • A good cover letter Dear Mr. Lester, ! My colleague Richard Dice referred me to the job recently posted on jobs.perl.org. I believe that I can help Elsinore Publishing with my skills, including: 4 years of database apps for MyCo, including.... 3 years Perl experience, including two CPAN modules (http://...) that extend DBI.... A BS in CS from UIUC, with a 3.7 GPA. Experience in the book industry, and a natural love of books. ! I look forward for a chance to meet with you to discuss your needs and how I can help you and Elsinore.
  • Interviews
  • Interviewer + candidate want the same thing.
  • Hiring manager's task "Can this person do the job?" "Do I want this person working for me?" "Do I want this person on my team?" Convince candidate that yours is a company to work for.
  • Candidate's task "Can I do the job?" Convince the HM you can do the job. Get a job offer, or move closer to it.
  • After the offer "Do I want to work for this guy?" "Do I want to work on this team?"
  • Conversation, not interrogation.
  • Your interview is your rst day on the job.
  • Preparing the day before
  • Preparing the day before Clear your schedule. Prepare to get there. Prepare what you're going to take with you. Include a portfolio of work if you can. Prepare your own questions.
  • Questions you'll have to answer
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Tell me about yourself. Did