Getting Hired

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Make Your Resume Stand Out with a Little Color

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...]

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The Grass Is Green

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...]

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What Difference Will You Make to Your Industry?

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...]

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Handling Delicate Interview Questions

We've all heard the advice to be prepared for any interview question that comes your way—but let's be honest, we can't think through every question that could be asked. That said, we should at least give some thought to the questions that are likely to come our way—particularly those pesky "take you by surprise questions" that have the potential to catch you off guard. Answer it the right way and you can practically feel the … [Read more...]

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Overselling Yourself Could Come at a Cost

When it comes to preparing your resume, your 30 second "elevator speech," a LinkedIn Profile, preparing for an interview and, ultimately, pitching yourself to a prospective employer, the vast majority of topics I've covered concerned selling yourself. As I've discussed over and over, these are your opportunities to present yourself in a way that persuades a prospective employer that you are, indeed, the person they've been looking … [Read more...]