Job hunting for new grads 2013

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Job hunting for new grads 2013

  1. 1. Job hunting for new grads Tips from a Twitter tech recruiter Prepared by Keith Harris, Sr. Recruiter @keithsfbay March, 2013
  2. 2. Introduction The economy is improving here in 2013 but still far from a booming market. With many new grads joining the work force, you’re going to need every tool at your disposal to find your first job. This brief presentation is intended to provide a new grad with some great tools and make your job search productive. Your next job is out there but you’ll need to work hard to find it.
  3. 3. My qualifications • Tech Recruiter at Twitter, formerly @ Google, Yahoo & Skype/Microsoft • Recruited at Stanford, MIT, CMU, CalTech, UCLA, UIUC and many more. • Reviewed over 1/2 million resumes • Consulted with 100’s hiring managers • Consulted with 1000’s of candidates • Shared and gained domain knowledge and best practices from tech recruiters and staffing colleagues.
  4. 4. Maximize your job search • Where do I start? • Interviewing 101 • Networking • The Extra Mile Secret Sauce: My former team lead at Google was a big proponent of a formula that he claimed unknown to others. He called it Secret Sauce. It will be referred to throughout this presentation.
  5. 5. Where do I start? • Sharpen your resume and stand out • Add a short summary, highlight what you do best • Identify your top 30 employers and/or jobs • Invest 80% of your time on these • Research these employers / jobs • i.e. Revenue, #Employees, Competitors • Network and find a contact • i.e. Recruiter, Manager, Employees • Contact alumni Secret Sauce: 1) Highlight your skills, achievements and certifications. 2) Have a .txt and .rtf copy of your resume when applying online. This will format better in HR systems. 3) Create personalized cover letters.
  6. 6. Interviewing 101 • Dress sharp and with confidence • Ask about proper attire before your interview • Buy Knock 'em Dead 2013 by Martin Yate • Carefully review job responsibilities before hand • Ask insightful questions • Send a thank you note Secret Sauce: Having well thought out questions are a sure fire way to stand out. Review the job and company and think about a good question for each.
  7. 7. Social Networking Recruiters do a lot of passive sourcing to find people like you these days. Make sure to update your profiles and accounts (on Linkedin, Monster, your own web page, blogs, Facebook and so forth). Specifically, Linkedin is a favorite for recruiters. Get a recommendation from your old manager, professor, colleagues, join groups and discussions, and highlight your skills in the summary section. Secret Sauce: 1) Be careful on your blogs and social networking pages. You may have a great resume but a facebook page with you and a tequila shot is seen by hiring managers and recruiters. 2) Contact recruiters on Linkedin. Ask for informational call.
  8. 8. The Extra Mile If you have all the skills needed for the job you want, you’re only half way there. Make sure to standout and get noticed by getting current (i.e. with domain knowledge, certifications, skills). Make sure to promote this. If you’re not current, strive to get current by doing online research, reading publications and books, and signup for webinars. Secret Sauce: 1) Wikipedia is great place to reference anything imaginable. Use it to brush up and dig deeper where applicable. 2) Join meetup.com and attend events
  9. 9. Summary The job market is really competitive for new grads and employers have the fortune of choosing the best and brightest. Do a lot of research on prospective employers, be confident and update your information online as a first step. Second, use your online profiles to maximize your exposure and lastly, make yourself standout by highlighting your expertise.
  10. 10. Summary The job market is really competitive for new grads and employers have the fortune of choosing the best and brightest. Do a lot of research on prospective employers, be confident and update your information online as a first step. Second, use your online profiles to maximize your exposure and lastly, make yourself standout by highlighting your expertise.

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