Previously, I've dealt with the topic of how to handle gaps in your employment history, but one gap that can be particularly troublesome is the one at the very top of your resume if you have been out of work for some time. No one raises an eyebrow if your last date of employment was a month ago, or maybe even two, but as each additional increment of time goes by it can be particularly challenging to mitigate the negative impression this will … [Read more...]
Software Industry Interview, Resume, and Career Tips.
In an ideal world, all of the jobs coming your way from your Technical Recruiter would be an exact match to your skill set, salary desires, career aspirations, and geography. But let's face it, in many instances that's simply not the case. So, if you're suffering from Job Description Mismatch Syndrome, then it may be time to train your recruiter. Step 1: Ensure that your recruiter is up to date with your particulars. If it has been awhile … [Read more...]
When digging for gold, sifting through resumes can often be a high-volume proposition for hiring managers. After hours of reviewing job histories and skills matrixes, resumes can sometimes begin to blur together. Yes, there will be the handful of stand-out resumes due to superlative skills and experiences, but how about giving yourself an added advantage that makes your resume stand out even in that short stack? Here's an example I ran across … [Read more...]
The tech industry is a continually shifting landscape. Some years it will be rich with opportunity. During those times candidates will have a lot to choose from. Other years, companies are tightening their belts with fewer opportunities being offered. Likewise, the candidate pool waxes and wanes, going from a lot of great candidates searching for new opportunities to virtually everyone seems to be happy in their current position and no longer … [Read more...]
Recently I submitted a candidate for a robotics position. He wasn't a clear fit given his particular skills and background, but certainly close enough for consideration. My client was of the same mind—the candidate's skills were in an analogous field, but his background was medical robotics (surgical equipment) and my client's was all-terrain robotics. So, my client made an interesting request. He asked that my candidate review their … [Read more...]