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John Clegg of Summer of Code NZ gives a click talk on "What employers want" . In particular he talks about resumes as the first touch point to a potential employer.

John Clegg of Summer of Code NZ gives a click talk on "What employers want" . In particular he talks about resumes as the first touch point to a potential employer.

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Digital Careers Expo 2009 Wellington - What employers want? Digital Careers Expo 2009 Wellington - What employers want? Presentation Transcript

  • What Employers want? John Clegg Summer of Code
  • Summer of Code non-profit internship programme connecting smart students with Wellington ICT companies
  • 110 students in over 50 companies
  • 2 out of 3 students get hired
  • Disclaimer
  • Getting a good job is HARD!
  • The process of getting a job sucks
  • What do companies look for in a graduate ?
  • Talked to a lot of people about hiring
  • I asked one important question
  • What they look for in a graduate?
  • The answers surprised me
  • We hire on personality
  • We hire on team fit
  • {insert} skills are a given
  • Communication is failing
  • Lets start with the first company touchpoint your Resume
  • What is the purpose of a resume ?
  • To get you an interview !
  • What does a typical resume tell me about you ?
  • Your resume tells me... 1. What you are ? 2. Where you have been ? 3. What you have done ? ...
  • A typical student resume tells me what courses you did ....
  • Houston, we have a problem!
  • Example: Bad CV :-(
  • Your resume tells me... ... Job –> Role -> Tasks
  • Analogy...
  • What if you looked for a date the same way you wrote your resume ?
  • Resume doesn’t show what you’re good at !?!?
  • So what do they really want to know ?
  • What your resume should tell me 1. Who are you ? What are you interested in? 2. What are you good at ? 4-5 core skills 3. Where have you demonstrated those skills?
  • Resume format
  • Sample Resume
  • Why was it good? The resume told me ... 1) Who he is 2) What core skills he has 3) How he has done it repeatedly
  • Your “resume” should have... 1. One page resume 2. Qualifications summary 3. Specialist Skills summary 4. References
  • Bonus tips
  • Recruiters: Call them Always ask where you’re being represented
  • Talk to people
  • Networking....
  • Questions
  • THANK YOU + GOOD LUCK