Published on March 13, 2014
JOB STANDUP JOB STANDUP SESSION PT1
JOB STANDUP AGENDA About the Job Search Standup • Getting job search tools ready: 1 Business of Moving. 2. CV 3. Github 4. Networks 5. Portfolio 6. Blogging 7. Cover Letter • Practice presenting yourselves: introductions, elevator pitch, CVwalk through 3 - 5pm
JOB STANDUP JONAS ALTMAN @SFAGENCY FOUNDER, SOCIAL FABRIC DIRECTOR, FRONT ROW ASSOCIATE LECTURER, UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS @JONAS THESOCIALFABRIC.COM
TAKE THE STEP @ • Personalized career facilitation (resume, cover letter, portfolio, salary negotiation tips, etc.), providing guidance • Where you escalate career-related issues or concerns • A forum to practice your interview skills – behavioral and technical • Interview resources from past interviews • Practice for speed interviews (e.g. meet & greet, job fairs, etc) • Where you share your job search experiences and interview insights THE SCOPE OF JOB STANDUP Job Search Standup IS... THE SCOPE OF JOB STANDUP Job Search Standup IS... • Technology lesson. We assume that you will find the right answers; our role is to guide you on the questions and how you present your skills
JOB STANDUP SELL INPUTS AND OUTPUTS At start of Standup, you will... • Have hands-on web development training • Be looking for a career as a web developer, possibly transit When Standup wraps up, you will... • Be able to articulate your skills • Perhaps transition successfully to a job utilizing you new web development skills
JOB STANDUP 1. WHO? 2. WHAT? 3. WHY? 4. INVITE.. INGREDIENTS 4
JOB STANDUP WHO? . . 1 WHAT’S YOUR NAME WHAT DO YOU DO THAT’S SPECIAL
JOB STANDUP WHAT? . . 2 WHAT’S YOUR DISTINGUISHING FACTOR? WHAT UNMET EMPLOYER NEED WILL YOU SERVER?
JOB STANDUP WHY? . . 3 WHY ARE YOU VALUABLE? EXPLAIN HOW YOU WILL SERVE AN UNMET NEED & WHY YOU ARE THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB
JOB STANDUP INVITE... . . 4 ARTICULATE YOUR PLANS FOR FUTURE CLEARLY SAY WHAT YOU WANT
JOB STANDUP Who are you? (Something unique and interesting - past career?) What are your professional + educational accomplishments? Where are you going? • Full stack/ front-end/ back-end/ product manager/ project manager • Interest in GA Apprenticeship • Starting business/ not looking/ going back to school/ freelance/ full time job
JOB STANDUP PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT • Speak from your heart - put some thought into your story! • Maintain eye contact + use gestures naturally PUBLIC SPEAKING GOOD PRACTICE 1. Tell them what you’re going to tell them 2. Then tell them 3. Finally tell them what you told them RESEARCH • Research interviewer aka CREEP • Highlight relevant skills and accomplishments • Mention any personal event if relevant in context
JOB STANDUP START WITH THE END.
JOB STANDUP YOU YOU KNOWTHINK
JOB STANDUP SELL
JOB STANDUP SELLMOVE
JOB STANDUP 1. LOGIC 2. CHARACTER 3. EMOTION
JOB STANDUP THIS IS FUNCTIONAL YET SAFE I AM THE HUMBLE INVENTOR WOW, CAN YOU SEE THE POSSIBILITIES! LOGIC CHARACTER EMOTION
JOB STANDUP EMPLOYER ME YOUR TALENT + SKILLS + PASSION WE TRACK RECORD
JOB STANDUP ATTRACTION AUTHENTICITY RESEARCH RELEVANCE PASSION PURPOSE THE RIGHT STUFF
JOB STANDUP CONVERSATIONS> RELATIONSHIPS> TRANSACTIONS.
JOB STANDUP THERE WAS NEMO THE ONLY SON OF A PROTECTIVE WIDOW DAD WARNS NEMO OF THE DANGERS OF THE OPEN SEA NEMO IGNORES HIS DAD AND SWIMS INTO THE OPEN OCEAN HE’S CAPTURED BY A DIVER & ENDS UP IN A FISH TANK OF A DENTIST IN SYDNEY DAD SETS OFF WITH OTHER SEA CREATURES TO SAVE NEMO DAD AND SON FIND EACH OTHER, & REUNITE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. ONCE UPON A TIME EVERY DAY ONE DAY BECAUSE OF THAT BECAUSE OF THAT UNTIL FINALLY
JOB STANDUP THE TWIT PITCH
JOB STANDUP UBER connecting you and a driver with the tap of a button HAILO like UBER but just for cabs LYFT like UBER but drivers aren’t professional SIDECAR like UBER but fares are dontations and drivers aren’t professionals - aka car sharing SWIFTO company pitch: “Uber for dog walking”
JOB STANDUP EYE CONTACT CALMNESS HAND GESTURES SMILE PACING POWER POSEAMY CUDY TED TALK
JOB STANDUP SELLMOVE MAKE PEOPLE WANT THINGS MAKE THINGS PEOPLE WANT VS.
JOB STANDUP OLD SCHOOL SELLING NEW SCHOOL SELLING VS
JOB STANDUP OLD SCHOOL SELLING NEW SCHOOL SELLING
JOB STANDUP CV
JOB STANDUP PRIORITIZED CHECKLIST 1. CV complete 2. Github ready 3. Networking tools prepared: List of potential connections and companies that you want to work for LinkedIn profile complete AngelList profile complete 4. Portfolio complete 5. Blogging what you know > become an authority 6. Cover Letters while you apply
JOB STANDUP General Format • Contact (+Social Media), Experience, Education, Skills [can be moved up if you like] • Do you need an objective / profile section? • WDI project under experience, not education • Categorized list of skills • Both soft and technical skills (a must!) • Sample categories: Programming Language, Framework, OS, Data Version Control, Project Management, etc.
JOB STANDUP MORE TIPS NO TYPOS! Be concise. Tell a story. Share your work – don’t just talk about it. Avoid generic objective statements. Highlight career progression. Only highlight technologies you’d be comfortable using in an interview. Be prepared to answer questions about anything you mention on your CV. Seriously, no typos! :)
JOB STANDUP & MORE TIPS REFERRALS are #1 source of tech hires in most tech companies Review your network (LinkedIn, FB, Twitter, Github, etc.) for introductions, recommendations and exploratory conversations Update your LinkedIn profile Create your own website, or help your friends/family create websites Be active on social networks and in tech communities like Twitter and Hacker News Contribute to an Open Source project Answer questions on Stack Overflow and Quora Participate in coding competitions like TopCoder
JOB STANDUP YA GO ON YOURSELF.
JOB STANDUP Do your homework Culture, technology, executives, recent releases, growth numbers, competitors, etc. LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Crunchbase, Built With, Angel List Quora, news searches What do you love about the product? What could be better? If asked, what feedback would you say? Practice reciting your personal pitch and answering the following kinds of questions
JOB STANDUP CONTEXT AVERAGE 30 YEAR OLD HAS HAD 9 JOBS (USA) PAST 5 YEARS DEMAND FOR UX DESIGNERS UP x 22 ALL THE BIG BOYS ARE ALL IN UK OR IRELAND NEARLY 5K TECH STARTUP VACANCIES IN UK SALARIES OF £30K+ > SOME EXCEEDING WHAT ELSE???
JOB STANDUP GITHUB
JOB STANDUP TIPS AND TRICKS • The interviewer looks for: • Recent meaningful commits • Good documentation and high quality code • Account depth and width • Forking consistency • The interviewee must: • Make sure you can talk about each commit • Identify your proud commits • Identify what (and how) you could refactor
JOB STANDUP HOW TO PREPARE Practice talking about your code on git • Familiarize yourself to all your commits • You will be asked to speak about them – practice Be confident that you could refactor old code, if asked to • Is there anything you could refactor? If yes, think how • Leave some “refactorable” code in • Make sure you know how to – pick a favourite
JOB STANDUP NETWORKS
JOB STANDUP Smart Searching • We want to work with those we know and like • Job ads draw too many applicants • Many jobs are filled before advertising Challenges to Networking tactics • Might seem too pushy, selfish • Fear of rejection • Intimidating
JOB STANDUP Understand your networking landscape • List companies that you would like to work at • List who’s already on your network – friends and acquaintances • Look to your 2nd degree connections • Be visible • Attend Meetups, Google+ circles for Rails engineers (for newbies andgeneral ones, Hacker hours) • Diversify, socialize in other circles • Stay in touch
JOB STANDUP Like any relationship, network is built on trust 3 keys to building and keeping it: • Visibility: They know who you are and what you do • Credibility: They know that you’re good at it • Profitability: They can trust you enough to do business with you Also: • Peers: If they know someone that knows you in a professional capacity - this can make the diffeence • Connect: On another or deeper level – find common interests
JOB STANDUP PORTFOLIO
JOB STANDUP TIPS AND TRICKS • Use brief, unique (USP), and clear tagline • Show off your projects • Include Likes + shares, client testimonials • Mention Products and Services you offer • Make the reader bond with you in About tab • Storyboard navigation • Blog tutorials, problem solving techniques, your journey • Link resume, social media, open source
JOB STANDUP COMPONENTS • About • Projects • Client testimonials/ recommendations • Products and Services • Blog • Github, resume and social media
JOB STANDUP *Blog + CV could be added
JOB STANDUP *Design + density could be improved
JOB STANDUP BLOGGING
JOB STANDUP TIPS AND TRICKS • Blog often - as long as you have something to say • Chronicle your journey - turn info into knowledge • Try offering a tech tutorial / troubleshooting tips • Get inspired by top 50 Ruby-ist blogs • Stay up to date with blogs like http://www.rubyinside.com • Add link to your blog on portfolio
JOB STANDUP COVER LETTER
JOB STANDUP STEPS TO A COVER LETTER • Research company and Research some more • Analyze job listing to assess tone and culture • Note and reference the requirements – responsibilities and skills • Map your strengths to points noted
JOB STANDUP THE EMAIL COVER LETTER One to two sentences per section. • Who are you? • Why you are interested in this role? • Why you? • What next?
JOB STANDUP WALK ME THROUGH YOUR CV..
JOB STANDUP IT’S TIME TO TEST YOUR.. • Presentation skills • How you organize information • Logical flow • Art of story-telling • Speaking from the heart • Ability to separate relevant from irrelevant information • Confidence in your journey
JOB STANDUP DO: • Prepare and practice your response • Contain response within 2 minutes • Analyze listing • Note interviewer body language • Tailored top-down review: > Summarize professional background and education > Review each relevant experience > Highlight notable points
JOB STANDUP DON’T: • Bog down into too much details • Digress from the thread of your story • Mention irrelevant points • Read from your resume • Ramble
JOB STANDUP BRAND WHO? 1. Have your Brand You‘Script’ ready - max 30 seconds 2. Stretch, Breathe, and Smile 3. 1 by 1 in front of the class pitch yourself. yes really.
JOB STANDUP FEEDBACK TIME Practice Appreciative Inquiry aka Emphasise the Good.
JOB STANDUP WRAP UP
JOB STANDUP “YOU HAVE TO LEARN THE RULES OF THE GAME.. AND THEN YOU HAVE TO PLAY BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE.” -ALBERT EINSTEIN
JOB STANDUP WHAT EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR . . TALENT > BOTH HARD + SOFT SKILLS T-SHAPER .CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVER . INDISPENSABILITY
JOB STANDUP JUST SOME TIPS IT’S ABOUT THEM NOT YOU CLARITY WINS BE CONSCIOUS OF BODY LANGUAGE DON’T FORGET TO MAKE THE ASK PRACTICE BE YOURSELF
JOB STANDUP ASK QUESTIONS ENGAGE BY LISTENING CHARM PRACTICE
JOB STANDUP teasers for next week BEHAVIOUR QUESTIONS What you should expect to talk about with your recruiter or the CEO/hiring manager: What’s important to you (type of work, culture, team size, company mission, colleague caliber, technologies, benefits, learning opportunities, etc.) What technologies you most love using, and what your strengths as a developer are. Why this particular company is compelling to you, and what you hope to contribute. Why you left your last job. And jobs before that. Your previous work and coding projects. Your professional goals and motivations. Anything that is on your CV, particularly things that could be construed as red flags, like gaps in employment.
JOB STANDUP more BEHAVIOUR QUESTIONS Tell me about how you worked effectively under pressure. How do you handle a challenge? Provide an example. Give an example of a goal you’ve reached and how you did it. Have you ever disagreed with a company policy? How did you handle it? How do you partner with non-technical members of your company on creating new products? When you find something wrong with your product or approach, what do you do? Have you ever found a project you were working on slipping from it's timeline? How did you deal with the situation? What do you do if you disagree with your boss? Share an example of when you’ve motivated your teammates. Did you ever work on a group project? Describe your role. What makes you excited to go to work?
JOB STANDUP THANK YOU. @SFAGENCY JONAS@THESOCIALFABRIC.COM
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