CV Tips

The purpose of the résumé is to help get you an interview.

  • And at the interview, remember that 40 percent of a hiring decision is based on personality.
  • No more than two pages. The average résumé gets read in 10 seconds
  • Avoid the fancy-schmancy layout, font, and other special effects. Stick to traditional font of Times New Roman, 9 to 12 point size
  • Use simple Word format
  • List your present, or most recent job, first, and then work backwards
  • Begin with verbs. “Managed company tax reporting, finance, invoicing, purchasing
  • Stories sell. Numbers, statistics, percentages get attention if you put in bold type.Increased profit by this 28%. Came under budget by 30%. If you were born and raised on chicken farm, note it on your résumé.
  • Use words that refer to titles- customer service, controller, manager, accountant,

Getting interviews is hard work. It requires tenacity, persistence, determination, and courage to thrust yourself upon people, even if that doesn’t come naturally to you.  No one likes being rejected. The sooner you face this reality and prepare for rejection, the sooner you will be able to find a job.

Some more tips from: Forbes

Job Hopping

A really cool post read this morning about job hopping…

“Recently Calcanis, and Suster have written how they would not hire or invest in a known jobhopper, or someone that is known to have 6 jobs while stilll under 30. Well I say screw them and encourage every young college graduate to get as many jobs as you can.  Calcanis and Suster while sitting on their millions of dollars can say… yes we want loyal employees to work for pennies while breaking your back to work for us.  I admit working for these guys will probably get you a good return for being loyal to them, but 99.999999% of the other d-bags that think like them are probably not worth even dealing with.

1.  There is nothing wrong with putting your monetary future first. I find it very unsettling for people with millions in the bank to tell others not to go out and find the best deal.  Just like neither of them hand out money.. my time is my money.  So if you don’t feel like your employer is paying you what you think you’re worth for your work, then yes you should go out and find new employment.  No one has a crystal ball, and no one knows how your workload will be, but when an employer tells you 3 months after hire, that you will need to wear many hats, basically they are saying they are giving you the workload of another employee.  Also yes startups/companies do expect you to work overtime, with no additional pay, and which in return basically reduces your yearly salary.  But money should definitely not be your only motivation, which leads me to point 2….

2.  Yes a person can achieve and learn a lot in 1 year. I doubt either of these guys are ignorant to how fast iterations go, or how fast technology changes in a year.. so to suggest that young people need more than a year to learn anything is insane.  I’ve probably learned the most working on a short project with one of the smartest engineers, pair programming, in a 6 month period, and for a two year time of maintenance on an app, learned absolutely nothing.  With two week sprints, and pretty much a new version of the product coming out every 3 months, you will learn a lot.  This has less to do with the time you are at a company and more to do with who you work with, and work under.  A well oiled car is meant to have interchangeable pieces.. but there is always an engine that keeps it going.  Your engine should not be the junior level guys you are expecting to come and go or usually the people under 30.”

See full post here