Written by Charmaine George
Photo credits to Jillian Moore
In partnership with Girls in Tech San Diego and Proven Recruiting, Women Who Code San Diego held an interview and resume workshop for job seekers. Those who attended this workshop were given strategies on how to effectively search for jobs, how to write a well-written resume, and how to prepare for a job interview. Attendees were also given the opportunity to spend one on one time with recruiters to practice their interview skills and get personalized feedback on how to land that dream job!
Carole Samuelson from Sony gave the advice to attendees that they shouldn’t be afraid to apply for a stretch role. Job descriptions tend to describe the ideal candidate but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need all the skills and experience listed. Another great advice she gave was to make sure you clean up your social media. Recruiters and Human Resources will more than likely look you up so you want to be mindful of how you portray yourself online.
Wes Shoup from Proven Recruiting gave great advice to always keep your resume and LinkedIn updated even if you are not searching for a new job. It may be difficult to later remember all of your accomplishments in the future so it’s important to keep track of them. Wes also gave the advice to be sure to quantify what you did in your past roles on your resume. For example, instead of saying you increased profits at a company, you should instead give a specific number that shows exactly how much money profits were increased by.
Kelly Feest from Proven Recruiting gave the advice that job seekers should keep an excel spreadsheet to document and track all of the jobs they have applied for. Kelly also emphasized the importance of attending networking events like this one!
Caitlin Root from Proven Recruiting emphasized that applicants should also take that opportunity to interview the employer during the interview. This will give you more clarity on whether the job you are interviewing for is actually a good fit for you. Caitlin gave great examples on the types of questions an interviewee could ask the interviewer such as asking “why did [the] predecessor leave this position?”
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