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Resumes and interviewing for tech jobs. Given at Milwaukee BarCamp 6, October 1, 2011.

Resumes and interviewing for tech jobs. Given at Milwaukee BarCamp 6, October 1, 2011.

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  • 1. Resumes and Interviewing Andy Lester, Land The Tech Job You Love http://petdance.com/ andy@petdance.comSaturday, October 1, 11 1
  • 2. AwesomenessSaturday, October 1, 11 2
  • 3. Y! are a unique & beautiful snowflak"Saturday, October 1, 11 3
  • 4. ... but this is my desk.Saturday, October 1, 11 4
  • 5. Your awesomeness is not self-evident!Saturday, October 1, 11 5
  • 6. HuntingSaturday, October 1, 11 6
  • 7. Start networking NOWSaturday, October 1, 11 7
  • 8. LinkedIn is not networking.Saturday, October 1, 11 8
  • 9. Facebook is not networking.Saturday, October 1, 11 9
  • 10. BTW, whats your Google footprint?Saturday, October 1, 11 10
  • 11. LelandSaturday, October 1, 11 11
  • 12. "Im not good talking to people."Saturday, October 1, 11 12
  • 13. "Im not good talking to people." Tough. No better time to start.Saturday, October 1, 11 13
  • 14. Talk to a stranger here at Barcamp.Saturday, October 1, 11 14
  • 15. Talk to a stranger here at Barcamp. Conferences are a goldmine of contacts.Saturday, October 1, 11 15
  • 16. ResumesSaturday, October 1, 11 16
  • 17. Resume questions • Should I put skills first, or education? • Does it have to be only one page? • Should I list extra-curriculars? • Should I leave off ... • Should I tell about my ...Saturday, October 1, 11 17
  • 18. Saturday, October 1, 11 18
  • 19. Why you write a resumeSaturday, October 1, 11 19
  • 20. There is no Resume Police.Saturday, October 1, 11 20
  • 21. You do not have a resume.Saturday, October 1, 11 21
  • 22. Master resumeSaturday, October 1, 11 22
  • 23. One page? Two page?Saturday, October 1, 11 23
  • 24. "No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough." -- Roger EbertSaturday, October 1, 11 24
  • 25. Lose the clichés • Professional • Industrious; hard worker • Good people person; team player • Motivated; self-starter; makes things happen • Strong communication skillsSaturday, October 1, 11 25
  • 26. Give examples! Let the reader decide.Saturday, October 1, 11 26
  • 27. The resume • Summarize at the top • Tailor it to the job • Emphasize whats importantSaturday, October 1, 11 27
  • 28. NO! NO! NO! • No lies • No fudging • No "objective" or "references available" • No salary history • Nothing illegalSaturday, October 1, 11 28
  • 29. Emphasize whats important 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)Saturday, October 1, 11 29
  • 30. It came from my inbox July 2001-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.Saturday, October 1, 11 30
  • 31. Cover lettersSaturday, October 1, 11 31
  • 32. Rule #1: Write one.Saturday, October 1, 11 32
  • 33. Rule #2: Write one for the specific position.Saturday, October 1, 11 33
  • 34. It came from my inbox 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 confident that I can perform the job effectively. My background and career goal, seem to match the job requirements well.Saturday, October 1, 11 34
  • 35. 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, flower delivery driver and retirement home activities director, all of which make me a well- rounded candidate.Saturday, October 1, 11 35
  • 36. 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.Saturday, October 1, 11 36
  • 37. Your cover letter • In plaintext in your email. • Explains relationship with contact, if any. • Explains what youre 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.Saturday, October 1, 11 37
  • 38. 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.Saturday, October 1, 11 38
  • 39. InterviewsSaturday, October 1, 11 39
  • 40. 15 ways to kill an interview • Show up late • Be unprepared • Chew gum, smell like smoke, bring a drink • Shake hands like a fish • Have bad breath or body odorSaturday, October 1, 11 40
  • 41. 15 ways to kill an interview • Come underdressed • Speak ill of anyone, including especially past employers • Complain or discuss your problems • Bring up your needs: Money, benefits • LieSaturday, October 1, 11 41
  • 42. 15 ways to kill an interview • Appear uninterested • Appear overenthusiastic or desperate • Fail to ask your own questions • Leave your phone on • Cut the interview shortSaturday, October 1, 11 42
  • 43. Interviewer + candidate want the same thing.Saturday, October 1, 11 43
  • 44. Hiring managers task • "Can this guy do the job?" • "Do I want this guy working for me?" • "Do I want this guy on my team?" • Convince candidate that yours is a company to work for.Saturday, October 1, 11 44
  • 45. Candidates task • "Can I do the job?" • Convince the HM you can do the job. • Get a job offer, or move closer to it.Saturday, October 1, 11 45
  • 46. After the offer • "Do I want to work for this guy?" • "Do I want to work on this team?"Saturday, October 1, 11 46
  • 47. Conversation, not interrogation.Saturday, October 1, 11 47
  • 48. Your interview is your first day on the job.Saturday, October 1, 11 48
  • 49. Preparing the day beforeSaturday, October 1, 11 49
  • 50. Preparing the day before • Clear your schedule. • Prepare to get there. • Prepare what youre going to take with you. • Include a portfolio of work if you can. • Prepare your own questions.Saturday, October 1, 11 50
  • 51. Questions youll have to answerSaturday, October 1, 11 51
  • 52. Tell me about yourself.Saturday, October 1, 11 52
  • 53. Tell me about yourself. • Did she do any research? • Is she prepared? • How does she speak? • Does she take pride in her work? • What else should I ask about?Saturday, October 1, 11 53
  • 54. Where do you want to be in five years?Saturday, October 1, 11 54
  • 55. Where do you want to be in five years? • Does he have any sort of plan? • Does he work on self-improvement? • Will I have a place for him?Saturday, October 1, 11 55
  • 56. What is your greatest weakness?Saturday, October 1, 11 56
  • 57. Why do you want to work for us? - and - What do you know about our company?Saturday, October 1, 11 57
  • 58. Why do you want to work for us? • Has she done research? • Is this just another job for her? • What drives her?Saturday, October 1, 11 58
  • 59. Tell me about a project that didnt go well. - or - Tell me about a teammate youve had trouble with.Saturday, October 1, 11 59
  • 60. Saturday, October 1, 11 60
  • 61. Tell me about a project that didnt go well. • Is he a blamer/whiner? • Can he learn from mistakes? • How are his personal skills?Saturday, October 1, 11 61
  • 62. Candidate questionsSaturday, October 1, 11 62
  • 63. Whats a day like?Saturday, October 1, 11 63
  • 64. What sorts of projects will I be working on?Saturday, October 1, 11 64
  • 65. What will the first day be like? First month?Saturday, October 1, 11 65
  • 66. Is this a new position, or are you replacing? What happened?Saturday, October 1, 11 66
  • 67. Tell me about the team Ill be joining.Saturday, October 1, 11 67
  • 68. Can I meet the team Ill be joining?Saturday, October 1, 11 68
  • 69. Show you can do the job.Saturday, October 1, 11 69
  • 70. Show you can do it. • Diagnose a dead PC. • Write some code. • Assess design problems on a web page. • Participate in a code review. • Critique a network diagram.Saturday, October 1, 11 70
  • 71. ClosingSaturday, October 1, 11 71
  • 72. Always ask for the job.Saturday, October 1, 11 72
  • 73. Debrief after. • Thoughts • Impressions • Stories • Follow-upSaturday, October 1, 11 73
  • 74. Recap • Your awesomeness is not self-evident. • Think like the hiring manager. You both want the same thing. • Speak of value in terms of time & money. • Interview is first day on the job.Saturday, October 1, 11 74
  • 75. andy@petdance.com http://petdance.com @petdance on TwitterSaturday, October 1, 11 75