Hacking the Job Hunt


Software Developers are a highly sought after group. But the jobs we are contacted about are rarely the ones we want. When it is time to take the next step in your career, are you going to know how to do it? In this talk, I discuss the modern job ecosystem and provide tips and techniques for job hunting in a rich market.


Starting out in technology as a Technical Recruiter, I saw the job hunt through a completely different lens. This talk will take listeners through relevant observations and suggested techniques from those experiences.

4 categories:

1. Resume strategy:: Are you sending your resume to a database or a human?
Covers organization and layout of resumes. How resumes are being processed, tactical submissions, writing resumes for databases and humans.

2. Interviewing:: Everyone is terrible at it.
Covers how to properly interview your next employer. Analyze the interview process and common steps. Discussion on what to expect on phone screens, technical interviews, and in-person interviews.

3. Networking:: It really is all about who you know.
Covers how to mostly eliminate resumes and interviews through the power of networking. Through community involvement, you can find your next mentor, employer, or padawan. Through volunteering and community support, you can find what it is like to work with other teams. Discuss strategies for finding relevant community activities and participation.

4. Negotiating offers
You CAN wait for that other offer to come in before you decide. Make sure you are getting what you want for compensation. Discuss common requests, etiquette, and limitations in the negotiating process.

In Summary...

We are all job seekers at multiple times in our careers. As a recruiter, I witnessed the job hunt on a large scale. Now, as a developer, I can say I will never apply for a job the same way again. Being a recruiter opened my eyes to the hiring process in a technical age and saturated market. It is possible to hack the process and find the job that is the best fit for you!


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Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 17:20 to 17:35