WTIA DRAFT DAY SSScorrrree!

Prepping the playing field:

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The field markers are in place where the action is.

Final game notes for the players are given on the sidelines.

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The players were warmed up at Training Camp and learning the game plan.

Game rules are reviewed and questions answered.

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Hiring partners have taken their positions.

Game time!

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Every candidate meets every hiring partner. Every candidate has the same amount of time with every hiring partner. WTIA did #leveltheplayingfield on Draft Day.

If you’re interested in recruiting talent, speaking at the next recruiting initiative event, or sponsorship opportunities, contact: hcraig@washingtontechnology.org or let us know here.

Pilot Recruiting Program: DRAFT DAY — Yay!!

Washington Technology Industry Association will launch their Pilot Recruiting Program this month.3.16.16_Draft-Day-Heather-Craig-1-680x380
Brett Greene, Gina Phillips, and Eric Osborne participated in the Diversity & Disruption brainstorming session during FullConTech 2015, where the idea for WTIA Draft Day was first conceived.

We are pleased and excited to share Heather Craig‘s post from the Washington Technology Industry Association’s blog about the WTIA‘s pilot recruiting program, artfully titled, Draft Day. What’s the ‘big deal’,  you ask? Read on and consider the possibilities for talented candidates, from all backgrounds, when their career and life skills and experiences are presented anonymously. Need I say more? Read on.

Tech Recruiting is at a crossroads.  With startups and mid-size companies face stiff competition from big budget tech giants, companies of all sizes face budgetary, logistical and need constraints that have forced them into to an increasingly shallow talent pool. When discussing how they invest in recruiting, many companies admit to the unsustainable practice of sourcing from a limited pipeline of ‘trusted’ schools such as Stanford and MIT.

Meanwhile, a deep pool of talented students, veterans and candidates with non-traditional backgrounds are going unnoticed. To bridge this gap, WTIA is playing matchmaker to these two ships passing in the night, by building a unique Recruitment: Draft Day and Interview Prep Program: Training Day – to connect a diverse tech talent from underrepresented schools and training programs with local tech employers.

Draft Day aims to introduce candidates to a wide variety of tech companies; increase viability of under-represented schools as recruiting sources; and expand the talent pipeline for industry.

THE BLIND ROAD to DRAFT DAY, June 25: As the unifying voice for the tech community, WTIA assembled an impressive Advisory Council from local tech companies to help guide the application and future candidate selection process.

WTIA is partnering with regional Tech Ed program leaders who will nominate potential Draft Day participants. Nominators will submit an online questionnaire detailing why the candidate was selected, while candidates will submit resumes and answer three brief essay questions.

Here’s the twist. Applications will be stripped of the names of both the candidate and their respective college or training program before being reviewed by the Advisory Council. Neither the applicant review panel nor the potential employers will be privy to the information prior to the interview process. #LevelThePlayingField.

Top candidates will be selected to enter Training Camp. A one-day intensive interview-prep program providing resume review, mock interviews, panel discussions and other perks. After weighing resumes, essay questions, nominator testimonials and Training Camp performance, final candidates will then be selected to move on to Draft Day.

AN EYE-OPENING EXPERIENCE: On Draft Day, candidates will rotate through employers in a speed-dating format. At the end of each round, both candidates and employers will score each other. Concluding final rounds, all will be revealed as names, evaluations and matches will be shared at a networking reception.

If you’re interested in recruiting talent at Draft Day, Speaking at Training Camp, sponsorship opportunities, volunteering or keeping up to date on our progress please contact: hcraig@washingtontechnology.org or let us know here.

What do you think about this idea? We want to know that, too!

Work [for] Your 2016 Network

Who doesn’t know about networking and how critical it is to learning about job prospects, developing mentor relationships or even earning a job interview for a position that you covet? You may know some folks that are very skilled at it. You may have some friends who are not-so-much. You might even include yourself in the ‘not’ group.Networking is a contact sport.

Whether you are in the ‘I got this’ group or the other, I encourage to check out an Entrepreneur.com article written by proclaimed network guru, Darrah Brustein. Your read will go quick and your skill-building understanding of how to develop or improve your networking skills will deepen. It might provide you some much needed momentum into 2016 and beyond.

Happy New Year!

Be Rare and Remembered.

feedback225AM encourages developing mentors. 225AM believes that cultivating a strong social and professional network is an important, if not critical, dimension in how you build and strengthen (or lengthen) your career path. I have referenced opinions and called out advice that supported the same. So this leaves room for Steve Tobak’s recent post on Entrepreneur. He summarizes what generally appeals to us, as a society and community, in the relationships and associations that we make — our coterie of friends and business colleagues. Then he offers his observations.

He laments that what he sees trending now are people who behave or appear one way to the public but are completely different personalities on the inside. He doesn’t take a deep dive into the theory of ‘why’ and I get that because THAT is a much bigger question and Entrepreneur is not the proper forum for such a discussion. But I like that he has made a call for ‘authenticity’ in our collective engagement with each other.  I believe introducing that practice into ones own life, for the most part, is good. I am not advocating, nor is he, any extremes here. In other words, being genuine or authentic shouldn’t narrow or reduce your social graces to the point where you tend to offend. But such self-awareness may be an invaluable quality that in time and practice will make you stand out from the crowd in your private and professional life.

Tobak gives his opinion of the 10 Behaviors of Genuine People. How many of these describe you? Do you think he has overlooked one? Let me know.

 

What if there were No Job Boards???

I don’t believe, nor do real-life experiences support, that tossing your cover letter and resume hundreds of times into the online application ring will improve your chances of getting an interview, much less a job. Note that the ‘successful’ applicant in the article seemed to be a perfect match with the job description.

There are hundreds of professional career coaches and pundits who write up lots and lots of ways to ‘effectively’ use social media as a way to provoke some kind of career opportunity. I’ve even promoted some of the ideas here.

But, finally, Lou Adler, CEO of the Adler Group, published an article that re-frames the whole approach for the job-seeker with the intriguing title of ‘10 Ideas for Getting an Interview without Applying‘. Note further that Adler’s last paragraph  begins ‘Unless you’re a perfect fit…’. Are you a ‘perfect fit’ for every job you apply to online?

It may be helpful to think about which of the 10 ideas could be blended into your job hunt strategy — or may stimulate some new ones for yourself.

 

To BARELY KNOW You is To HIRE You

I put quite a bit of time into looking at what the folks on the other side of the job-search desk, aka hiring managers and recruiters, have to say about their outlook. It’s hard, they say, to find people who are viable, never-mind qualified, as job candidates. One would think that with the abundance of apps, analytics, tools, platforms, job-boards and social media at their disposal that a torrent of topnotch talent would be cascading over the transoms of every HR office door but a recent post by Lou Adler has fitfully quieted that notion.

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It seems that people on both sides of the job-search desk are frustrated and struggling to keep faith in the job hunting and hiring process. Adler asserts his 9 reasons for why its so hard to find success. Since there was no particular order to his list, I will take the liberty to lead here with his #2, which is what 225AM believes is the trigger event toward getting an interview — the first step of getting a job is a referral. He writes:

A different process is used to hire acquaintances than strangers. People who are personally known or referred get a few free passes: 1) they always get to the top of the resume pile so they get the first shot at all new jobs, 2) they are judged on their past performance rather than being filtered first on the depth of their skills, 3) jobs are often modified to fit their strengths and offset their weaknesses. This leads to a major job-seeker strategy: Become an acquaintance rather than applying directly.

Adler supports his ‘better to be an acquaintance’ thesis pretty well and you may want to revisit the value and the strength of weak ties again to restore your enthusiasm and outlook. He covers a lot of ground in his other 8 reasons and observes that both sides often contribute to their own lack of success.

I started out with his #2 reason for this post but start with his #1 in Why Acquaintances Get Better Jobs than Strangers. It may also put you in a better position to learn about that ‘hidden’ job that never makes the light of a job post and enjoy the reward of getting that job. More about that later.

 

Finding the Backdoor to your Interview

Spend at least 80% of your time finding a key to the back door. Unless you’re a perfect fit you will not get an interview by applying directly to a job posting. So don’t waste your time. Limit this effort to one hour per day.cropped-cropped-silho_teaser221.png

This call out is from a recent article written by Lou Adler. It’s here because we think it’s important to hear from a recruiter and influencer especially when he is telling you to stop applying directly to job postings and clicking anonymously on the ‘submit’ button. It’s what 225AM has been saying since our ‘Day 1’ and why we give our users a way to search across your social networks that sorts your connections by company, job title, location or industry. If you are looking to transition from your current job or searching for your first one then you really ought to refresh your perspective in the job hunt by considering what he says here.

By the way, ‘a perfect fit’ for a job is only in the mind of an eager candidate, never in the ‘eyes’ of the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) for the reasons illustrated in the infographic linked below.

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 from lifehacker.com