Resumes and Interviewing for tech jobs

D1588981e0248aaa0174906c99df180e?s=47 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.

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Andy Lester

October 01, 2011
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  1. 1.

    Resumes and Interviewing Andy Lester, Land The Tech Job You

    Love http://petdance.com/ andy@petdance.com 1 Saturday, October 1, 11
  2. 13.

    "I'm not good talking to people." Tough. No better time

    to start. 13 Saturday, October 1, 11
  3. 15.

    Talk to a stranger here at Barcamp. Conferences are a

    goldmine of contacts. 15 Saturday, October 1, 11
  4. 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 ... 17 Saturday, October 1, 11
  5. 24.

    "No good movie is too long and no bad movie

    is short enough." -- Roger Ebert 24 Saturday, October 1, 11
  6. 25.

    Lose the clichés • Professional • Industrious; hard worker •

    Good people person; team player • Motivated; self-starter; makes things happen • Strong communication skills 25 Saturday, October 1, 11
  7. 27.

    The resume • Summarize at the top • Tailor it

    to the job • Emphasize what's important 27 Saturday, October 1, 11
  8. 28.

    NO! NO! NO! • No lies • No fudging •

    No "objective" or "references available" • No salary history • Nothing illegal 28 Saturday, October 1, 11
  9. 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) 29 Saturday, October 1, 11
  10. 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 30 Saturday, October 1, 11
  11. 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 34 Saturday, October 1, 11
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    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 35 Saturday, October 1, 11
  13. 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 36 Saturday, October 1, 11
  14. 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. 37 Saturday, October 1, 11
  15. 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. 38 Saturday, October 1, 11
  16. 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 40 Saturday, October 1, 11
  17. 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 41 Saturday, October 1, 11
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    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 42 Saturday, October 1, 11
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    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. 44 Saturday, October 1, 11
  20. 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. 45 Saturday, October 1, 11
  21. 46.

    After the offer • "Do I want to work for

    this guy?" • "Do I want to work on this team?" 46 Saturday, October 1, 11
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    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. 50 Saturday, October 1, 11
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    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? 53 Saturday, October 1, 11
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    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? 55 Saturday, October 1, 11
  26. 57.

    Why do you want to work for us? - and

    - What do you know about our company? 57 Saturday, October 1, 11
  27. 58.

    Why do you want to work for us? • Has

    she done research? • Is this just another job for her? • What drives her? 58 Saturday, October 1, 11
  28. 59.

    Tell me about a project that didn't go well. -

    or - Tell me about a teammate you've had trouble with. 59 Saturday, October 1, 11
  29. 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? 61 Saturday, October 1, 11
  30. 66.

    Is this a new position, or are you replacing? What

    happened? 66 Saturday, October 1, 11
  31. 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. 70 Saturday, October 1, 11
  32. 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. 74 Saturday, October 1, 11