054 - Don’t Wait Like Me!—Get Recruitment Ready

30 Jan, 2018

Whether you’re actively looking for a job or not, you should be recruitment ready! I learned that the hard way this week. This episode is about what I wish I’d done ahead of time.

What is recruitment ready?

While this might seem like obvious advice, I wish I had taken it a lot earlier! These things have a way of not being prioritized if you’re not actively looking for a job. Why? Well it’s hard! How do you write about programming experience when you don’t have any? What on earth can you write about that will make someone want to hire you? For these reasons and more, I put off preparing these things for a new career as a developer.

AND THEN…randomly out of the blue I was introduced to the hiring manager at a company I would love to work for, and they are searching for a junior developer! We had a great conversation that made me even more excited about the opportunity to work there. And what was the first thing she asked for? A relevant CV!

So I spent the weekend getting this together—not ideal on a short deadline, without time to finesse it and get others’ feedback. But here was my approach:

For LinkedIn

For The Resumé

I was tremendously fortunate to have @itamarst offer to review my CV and he gave some excellent feedback. Amazingly he’s offered to do the same for any Start Over Coder listeners when time allows so feel free to reach out to him directly! Likewise I’m happy to give feedback on your CV; if you’re interested you can email it to me. And do be sure to check out a super-helpful blog post from Itamar about what not to do in your resumé.

In the end I created documents I was happy with, but it would have been nice to do so with less stress. So do yourself a favor—get yourself recruitment ready before you really need to!

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