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Resumes and Interviewing for tech jobs

Andy Lester
October 01, 2011

Resumes and Interviewing for tech jobs

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

Andy Lester

October 01, 2011
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  1. Resumes and
    Interviewing
    Andy Lester, Land The Tech Job You Love
    http://petdance.com/
    [email protected]
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  2. Awesomeness
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  3. Y! are a
    unique & beautiful
    snowflak"
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  4. ... but this is my desk.
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  5. Your awesomeness
    is not self-evident!
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  6. Hunting
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  7. Start networking
    NOW
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  8. LinkedIn is not
    networking.
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  9. Facebook is not
    networking.
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  10. BTW, what's your
    Google footprint?
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  11. Leland
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  12. "I'm not good
    talking to people."
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  13. "I'm not good
    talking to people."
    Tough.
    No better time to start.
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  14. Talk to a stranger
    here at Barcamp.
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  15. Talk to a stranger
    here at Barcamp.
    Conferences are a
    goldmine of contacts.
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  16. Resumes
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  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 ...
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  19. Why you write a resume
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  20. There is no
    Resume Police.
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  21. You do not have
    a resume.
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  22. Master resume
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  23. One page?
    Two page?
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  24. "No good movie is too
    long and no bad movie is
    short enough."
    -- Roger Ebert
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  25. Lose the clichés
    • Professional
    • Industrious; hard worker
    • Good people person; team player
    • Motivated; self-starter; makes things happen
    • Strong communication skills
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  26. Give examples!
    Let the reader decide.
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  27. The resume
    • Summarize at the top
    • Tailor it to the job
    • Emphasize what's important
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  28. NO! NO! NO!
    • No lies
    • No fudging
    • No "objective" or "references available"
    • No salary history
    • Nothing illegal
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  29. Emphasize what's
    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)
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  30. 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.
    It came from my inbox
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  31. Cover letters
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  32. Rule #1:
    Write one.
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  33. Rule #2:
    Write one for the
    specific position.
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  34. 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.
    It came from my inbox
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  35. 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.
    It came from my inbox
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  36. 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
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  37. 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.
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  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.
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  39. Interviews
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  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 odor
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  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
    • Lie
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  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 short
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  43. Interviewer + candidate
    want the same thing.
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  44. Hiring manager's 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.
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  45. 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.
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  46. After the offer
    • "Do I want to work for this guy?"
    • "Do I want to work on this team?"
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  47. Conversation,
    not interrogation.
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  48. Your interview is your
    first day on the job.
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  49. Preparing
    the day before
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  50. 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.
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  51. Questions you'll
    have to answer
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  52. Tell me about yourself.
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  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?
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  54. Where do you want to
    be in five years?
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  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?
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  56. What is your greatest
    weakness?
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  57. Why do you want to
    work for us?
    - and -
    What do you know
    about our company?
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  58. Why do you want to
    work for us?
    • Has she done research?
    • Is this just another job for her?
    • What drives her?
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  59. Tell me about a project
    that didn't go well.
    - or -
    Tell me about a
    teammate you've had
    trouble with.
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  61. Tell me about a project
    that didn't go well.
    • Is he a blamer/whiner?
    • Can he learn from mistakes?
    • How are his personal skills?
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  62. Candidate questions
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  63. What's a day like?
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  64. What sorts of projects
    will I be working on?
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  65. What will the first day be
    like? First month?
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  66. Is this a new position, or
    are you replacing?
    What happened?
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  67. Tell me about the team
    I'll be joining.
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  68. Can I meet the team I'll
    be joining?
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  69. Show you can
    do the job.
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  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.
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  71. Closing
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  72. Always ask for the job.
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  73. Debrief after.
    • Thoughts
    • Impressions
    • Stories
    • Follow-up
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  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.
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  75. [email protected]
    http://petdance.com
    @petdance on Twitter
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