How to write
                        a better
                       resume +
                        Resume
             ...
When I was in India,
     An ad for a Java programmer got
     >1500 responses in the first day




Monday, 17 May 2010
Disclaimer

Monday, 17 May 2010
Why am I doing this ?

Monday, 17 May 2010
The process of getting a job sucks

Monday, 17 May 2010
I’m here to help you get
       to the top of the pile




Monday, 17 May 2010
From Tuesday...
             1. Show us your strengths
             2. Tell us why you want to work in ICT
             3....
Background

Monday, 17 May 2010
How long do does a
                       recruiter read a
                          resume ?

Monday, 17 May 2010
You’ve got 20 seconds to
                  You have 20 seconds to impress
                              impress
Monday, 17...
Why do you need a good resume?

Monday, 17 May 2010
Recruiters: Friend or foe?

Monday, 17 May 2010
Bots - Resume terminated

Monday, 17 May 2010
Bots




                      HR Dept - The gatekeepers

Monday, 17 May 2010
Networking....

Monday, 17 May 2010
Who do you know ?

Monday, 17 May 2010
What is the purpose
                        of a resume ?
Monday, 17 May 2010
To get you an
                       interview !
Monday, 17 May 2010
What does a
                typical resume
                 tell me about
                      you ?
Monday, 17 May 2010
Example: Bad CV :-(




Monday, 17 May 2010
Example: Bad CV :-(




Monday, 17 May 2010
Example: Bad CV :-(




Monday, 17 May 2010
Example: Bad CV :-(


                          Text




Monday, 17 May 2010
Your resume tells me...
      1. What you are ?
      2. Where you have been ?
      3. What you have done ?
      ...

Mo...
Your resume tells me...
                                ...

                      Job –> Role -> Results



Monday, 17 Ma...
Houston, we have a problem!
Monday, 17 May 2010
Resume doesn’t show
        what you’re good
             at !?!?

Monday, 17 May 2010
Analogy...

Monday, 17 May 2010
What if you looked for a date
                   the same way you wrote
                         your resume ?
Monday, 17 ...
So what do
          they really want
             to know ?
Monday, 17 May 2010
What are your core skills?
Monday, 17 May 2010
So what does a good
            resume look like ?


Monday, 17 May 2010
Example: Good CV :-)




Monday, 17 May 2010
Why was it good?
      The resume told me ...
      1) Who he is
      2) What core skills he has
      3) How he has done...
OK
                      Now what ?
Monday, 17 May 2010
Whats in a resume ?


Monday, 17 May 2010
Your “resume” should have...
      1.          One - Two page resume
      2.          Technical summary
      3.         ...
Your 1 pager should have...

      1. Your personal promise
      2. 4-5 core competences / skills
      with proof
      ...
OAAR approach

  Objectives - What were the goals?
  Analysis - What did analysis did you make?
  Actions - What action di...
OAAR approach leads to


                         Behaviours
                             =>
                      Core co...
Example -       Summer of Code Project




Monday, 17 May 2010
Examples of behaviours
        Determined, Problem Solver,
           Challenges convention,
         Consistent, Lateral ...
Technical Skills Resume
   Provide one page about your technical skills:
     –Skill
     –Examples
     –Level of Experie...
Technical Skills Example




Monday, 17 May 2010
5 resume tips

Monday, 17 May 2010
Tip #1
                      Resume must
                           be
                        one - two
                 ...
Tip #2 Adapt your resume to
                  EVERY job
Monday, 17 May 2010
Tip #3




                      Tip #3 Put other stuff
                           in the back
Monday, 17 May 2010
Tip #4 Only#3
                             Tip  send PDF




Monday, 17 May 2010
Tip #5 Make sure it prints well
Monday, 17 May 2010
Summary...
  • Put the important stuff first
  • Resume only 1-2 pages and PDF
  • Resume contains
  - Your Goals / Aspira...
Bonus tips

Monday, 17 May 2010
How do I beat the myths ?

Monday, 17 May 2010
Recruiters:
                             Call them
                      Always ask where you’re
                         ...
Bots
                      Keyword match specfic roles


Monday, 17 May 2010
Bots



                          HR Dept
              Call them, talk to the Team Lead


Monday, 17 May 2010
Networking....
                      UP or NZCS ???


Monday, 17 May 2010
Questions
Monday, 17 May 2010
End of Part 1

Monday, 17 May 2010
RESUME SMACK DOWN

Monday, 17 May 2010
WARNING

Monday, 17 May 2010
Coming up

  • Resume Smackdown - a look over 100 resumes
  - A look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • OAAR technique ...
Findings from 100 student
                      resumes
  • Overall not bad. Better than I thought.
  - Grammar / Spelling...
Results - 100 student resumes

                                  Excellent   OK    BAD


                       Resume
   ...
Results - 100 student resumes
                                Excellent   OK    BAD

                 Who are you      21%...
Results - 100 student resumes
                                  Excellent   OK    MISSING

                      Career
  ...
Results - 100 student resumes

                                       YES   NO



                 Follow instructions   9...
OAAR Practice - #1

Monday, 17 May 2010
Harry Potter

Monday, 17 May 2010
OAAR Practice - #2

Monday, 17 May 2010
Some personal strengths
  Achiever Activator Adaptability Analytical Arranger
  Belief Command Communication Competition
 ...
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Summer of Tech Resume Bootcamp 2010

  1. 1. How to write a better resume + Resume Smackdown John Clegg - ProjectX Monday, 17 May 2010
  2. 2. When I was in India, An ad for a Java programmer got >1500 responses in the first day Monday, 17 May 2010
  3. 3. Disclaimer Monday, 17 May 2010
  4. 4. Why am I doing this ? Monday, 17 May 2010
  5. 5. The process of getting a job sucks Monday, 17 May 2010
  6. 6. I’m here to help you get to the top of the pile Monday, 17 May 2010
  7. 7. From Tuesday... 1. Show us your strengths 2. Tell us why you want to work in ICT 3. Be curious 4. Figure out how you learn 5. Focus on getting things done Monday, 17 May 2010
  8. 8. Background Monday, 17 May 2010
  9. 9. How long do does a recruiter read a resume ? Monday, 17 May 2010
  10. 10. You’ve got 20 seconds to You have 20 seconds to impress impress Monday, 17 May 2010
  11. 11. Why do you need a good resume? Monday, 17 May 2010
  12. 12. Recruiters: Friend or foe? Monday, 17 May 2010
  13. 13. Bots - Resume terminated Monday, 17 May 2010
  14. 14. Bots HR Dept - The gatekeepers Monday, 17 May 2010
  15. 15. Networking.... Monday, 17 May 2010
  16. 16. Who do you know ? Monday, 17 May 2010
  17. 17. What is the purpose of a resume ? Monday, 17 May 2010
  18. 18. To get you an interview ! Monday, 17 May 2010
  19. 19. What does a typical resume tell me about you ? Monday, 17 May 2010
  20. 20. Example: Bad CV :-( Monday, 17 May 2010
  21. 21. Example: Bad CV :-( Monday, 17 May 2010
  22. 22. Example: Bad CV :-( Monday, 17 May 2010
  23. 23. Example: Bad CV :-( Text Monday, 17 May 2010
  24. 24. Your resume tells me... 1. What you are ? 2. Where you have been ? 3. What you have done ? ... Monday, 17 May 2010
  25. 25. Your resume tells me... ... Job –> Role -> Results Monday, 17 May 2010
  26. 26. Houston, we have a problem! Monday, 17 May 2010
  27. 27. Resume doesn’t show what you’re good at !?!? Monday, 17 May 2010
  28. 28. Analogy... Monday, 17 May 2010
  29. 29. What if you looked for a date the same way you wrote your resume ? Monday, 17 May 2010
  30. 30. So what do they really want to know ? Monday, 17 May 2010
  31. 31. What are your core skills? Monday, 17 May 2010
  32. 32. So what does a good resume look like ? Monday, 17 May 2010
  33. 33. Example: Good CV :-) Monday, 17 May 2010
  34. 34. 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 Monday, 17 May 2010
  35. 35. OK Now what ? Monday, 17 May 2010
  36. 36. Whats in a resume ? Monday, 17 May 2010
  37. 37. Your “resume” should have... 1. One - Two page resume 2. Technical summary 3. Qualifications summary 4. References Monday, 17 May 2010
  38. 38. Your 1 pager should have... 1. Your personal promise 2. 4-5 core competences / skills with proof 3. Career History Monday, 17 May 2010
  39. 39. OAAR approach Objectives - What were the goals? Analysis - What did analysis did you make? Actions - What action did you take ? Results - What were the results? Monday, 17 May 2010
  40. 40. OAAR approach leads to Behaviours => Core competencies Monday, 17 May 2010
  41. 41. Example - Summer of Code Project Monday, 17 May 2010
  42. 42. Examples of behaviours Determined, Problem Solver, Challenges convention, Consistent, Lateral Thinker, Passionate, Results driven, Finds Patterns Monday, 17 May 2010
  43. 43. Technical Skills Resume Provide one page about your technical skills: –Skill –Examples –Level of Experience –Is experience current Drop anything that isn’t relevant Monday, 17 May 2010
  44. 44. Technical Skills Example Monday, 17 May 2010
  45. 45. 5 resume tips Monday, 17 May 2010
  46. 46. Tip #1 Resume must be one - two pages Monday, 17 May 2010
  47. 47. Tip #2 Adapt your resume to EVERY job Monday, 17 May 2010
  48. 48. Tip #3 Tip #3 Put other stuff in the back Monday, 17 May 2010
  49. 49. Tip #4 Only#3 Tip send PDF Monday, 17 May 2010
  50. 50. Tip #5 Make sure it prints well Monday, 17 May 2010
  51. 51. Summary... • Put the important stuff first • Resume only 1-2 pages and PDF • Resume contains - Your Goals / Aspirations - 5 core skills / attributes - Education Summary • 1 page qualifications • 1 page technical skills summary Monday, 17 May 2010
  52. 52. Bonus tips Monday, 17 May 2010
  53. 53. How do I beat the myths ? Monday, 17 May 2010
  54. 54. Recruiters: Call them Always ask where you’re being represented Monday, 17 May 2010
  55. 55. Bots Keyword match specfic roles Monday, 17 May 2010
  56. 56. Bots HR Dept Call them, talk to the Team Lead Monday, 17 May 2010
  57. 57. Networking.... UP or NZCS ??? Monday, 17 May 2010
  58. 58. Questions Monday, 17 May 2010
  59. 59. End of Part 1 Monday, 17 May 2010
  60. 60. RESUME SMACK DOWN Monday, 17 May 2010
  61. 61. WARNING Monday, 17 May 2010
  62. 62. Coming up • Resume Smackdown - a look over 100 resumes - A look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly • OAAR technique in practice - Guest Fictional Character - One of your comp courses. Monday, 17 May 2010
  63. 63. Findings from 100 student resumes • Overall not bad. Better than I thought. - Grammar / Spelling are OK. (BUT I’m not a grammar nazi) • Lack of Depth - What are you good at with APPLIED examples ? • Relevance • Not answering - Who are you? - Why are you good at what you do? - What you can do for me? Monday, 17 May 2010
  64. 64. Results - 100 student resumes Excellent OK BAD Resume 36% 32% 32% Structure Grammar 82% 16% 2% Spelling Monday, 17 May 2010
  65. 65. Results - 100 student resumes Excellent OK BAD Who are you 21% 39% 40% What are you 13% 38% 49% good at What can you 11% 28% 61% do for me Depth 8% 51% 41% Monday, 17 May 2010
  66. 66. Results - 100 student resumes Excellent OK MISSING Career 16% 68% 16% History Technical 13% 11% 76% Referees 22% 39% 39% Monday, 17 May 2010
  67. 67. Results - 100 student resumes YES NO Follow instructions 95% 5% BONUS 21% 79% Monday, 17 May 2010
  68. 68. OAAR Practice - #1 Monday, 17 May 2010
  69. 69. Harry Potter Monday, 17 May 2010
  70. 70. OAAR Practice - #2 Monday, 17 May 2010
  71. 71. Some personal strengths Achiever Activator Adaptability Analytical Arranger Belief Command Communication Competition Connectedness Consistency Context Deliberative Developer Discipline Fairness / Empathy Focus Futuristic Harmony Ideation Inclusiveness / Includer Individualization Input Intellection Learner Maximizer Positivity Relator Responsibility Restorative Self-Assurance Significance Strategic Woo Monday, 17 May 2010

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