Prepping the playing field:


The field markers are in place where the action is.

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


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

Game rules are reviewed and questions answered.


Hiring partners have taken their positions.

Game time!


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.

The Road to WTIA’s Draft Day, June 25


The turnout at Training Day on June 15, was tremendous and we enjoyed meeting and helping all the enthusiastic candidates that participated. It was an afternoon that was rich with insight and information from caring industry mentors and professionals. The one-on-one sessions gave new dimensions to approaching a job search for attendees. And if that wasn’t enough, there was a pop-up photography studio on site! Everyone was provided with a professionally produced headshot to use in their social media professional network platform of choice! How cool is that?!

Learn more about the selection process.


Application Process

  • Candidates must be nominated by a tech educator
  • Eligible tech educators: University, Community College or tech program instructors (ie, Code Fellows, Dev BootCamp, Coding Dojo, etc)
  • Job types: QAE, SDET, TPM, PM, Information Security Analyst

Tech Educators
{Each instructor may submit up to 10 nominees}

  1. Submit an online Draft Day Nomination Form to refer a former or current class participant
  2. Provide Nominee with the Candidate Application Essay form

Nominees Must Submit

  1. Draft Day Candidate Application form: provided by the nominating tech educator
  2. Resume (resumes must be submitted as a word doc. PDF’s will not be accepted)


Nominate a candidate
Recruit Candidates

Contact Heather Craig: hcraig@washingtontechnology.org

Resume Reboot – Boot the Cover Letter

So the debate that used to rage about yes cover letter, no cover letter, elevator pitch cover letter, blah blah blah… is starting to calm down. If you have been in the job hunt for awhile you are already pretty knowledgeable about what falls into the ‘will not read, don’t bother’ pile. On top of the short list, without debate, is the cover letter.

Recall our discussion about Application Tracking Systems (ATS)?  The velocity and volume of applications that hiring managers receive simply cannot all be read so what could possibly make you think that a cover letter is going to get you through? This is an incontrovertible fact. And recruiters, especially those who work with third party recruiting software (and that means nearly all of them) confirm it.

So how do you distinguish yourself  within the four corners of your resume? Take a couple of minutes to check out this recent Fast Company article and then check over your resume.

Don’t agree? I would love to hear from you especially if your cover letter is what got you the job!

Mr. Bock Addresses Real People Resume Mistakes

Thinking about being your own boss.Your first question about the post title is likely to be ‘Who is Mr. Bock’? The ‘Mr. Bock’ to whom I refer is Lazlo Bock and holds the title of SVP, People Operations at Google. You should check out our first post about What Google Looks For in job candidates if you are at all interested in learning a little bit about that.

His discussion about the nitty-gritty subject of resumes was posted here shortly thereafter in What Google Looks For, Part 2. It’s unfortunate that we decided to give it that title because we had not considered that Mr. Bock would publish a related ‘part 2’ post identifying what he considers are The Biggest Mistakes I See on Resumes, Part 2: Your top 8 questions. The issues raised in his Part 2 came directly from the comments and questions he received from readers. There is real world information here for recent graduates and professionals in career transition alike. It’s worth your time to check it out.

Convert your LinkedIn Resume into a PDF File

I’m going to take a few minutes to show you how to convert your LinkedIn resume into a PDF file and upload it to your 225AM Document Library.


You can maximize the value of having a platform that is custom built to help keep you, the job seeker, organized and effective as you move through the daily rigor of looking for work. Bring all of your cover letters, resumes, and support files together into an application that is built specifically to keep you on task.

  • Log into the Resume Builder associated with your LinkedIn account and click on Manage Resumes in the upper right of your screen.
  • If you have multiple versions of your resume you will need to convert them one at a time.
  • Once your page comes up, simply click on the label PDF/Print at the top of your screen to begin the conversion
  • Then navigate to where you want to save the file on your local hard drive after the conversion is finished.
  • Once you verify that your PDF file has been saved to the desired location and you can return to your Document Library on 225AM.
  • Click on the Manage under My Files and then on the Upload File button to find your file.
  • You’ll see the filename you have assigned to your PDF appear at the top next to an editable text field that will allow you to rename your file.
  • You do not have to rename your file. This is available as an option. Then you can assign the file to one of your existing tags.
  • Or you can create a new tag by typing it into the Add a tag field. Documents organized and sorted by tags will be easier to manage.

All of your PDF and acceptable image files are available as attachments, and are viewable or downloadable from your Document Library. Native document files, like from Word  or XL, are not viewable but can still be sent as attachments and only downloadable for further editing. It is also important that you know that your deleted files will still be viewable in your activity timeline.

It’s so simple. It works.

Applying to College vs. Applying for Your First Job


A few years ago, you were applying to college. Now, you’re applying for your first real job. I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. Here’s the good news: the processes are very similar. Here’s the bad news: the processes are very similar.

Luckily, there are people around to give you a little pep talk. Like Frank Bruni of the New York Times, for example. Okay fine: he’s talking to applicants who didn’t get into their ideal college. Still, even for me, someone years past his first job and even more years out of school, his words scratch a very particular itch.

Here’s the gist: you don’t always get what you want. You also don’t always get what you deserve, but this doesn’t necessarily say anything about you. A lot of the times it says more about someone else. For example, in the job search, someone might come from a family with connections to the industry you want to work in. Or someone might have gotten special training you don’t have access to.

Luckily, though, you’re not looking a job in the same way you look for a college. Sure, people transfer around, but for a lot of us, the word “college” evokes memories of a single place. On the other hand, the first job you take is just that: a first job, one of many. And getting the exact right first job matters a lot less than you think.

In fact, I will even be as bold to say that you shouldn’t get your dream job on your first try. The various aches and pains that come along with fitting your circular college self into the square shaped hole of the working world might taint what could otherwise be an amazing experience when you’re a little bit more settled in.

I’ve talked about my career trajectory before. I took some weird jobs that didn’t necessarily relate fully to what I wanted to do in life, but just getting out and working helped me get in the right mindset. Had I not taken those jobs, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today: doing what I love in a cool city.

So, just like Frank Bruni says to the college applicants who didn’t get into the school of their choice: it’s okay, don’t let this one thing define you. Keep your head up and keep working hard. Stuff will fall into place as long as you keep pushing forward.

(photo by Flickr user Andrew Schwegler, used under a Creative Commons License).

The (nearly) Perfect Resume

Limit Your Resume to one pageTo follow up on our post from last week, and the one from the week before that, guess what we’re talking about today? That’s right: resumes again! This time, we’re looking at Phil Marks’s post on LinkedIn, How To Write The Nearly Perfect Resume.

So what’s different about his take that it warrants its own post? It’s specific, that’s what. The other two posts we shared, while very helpful, we’re a bit on the touchy-feely side. Marks, meanwhile, provides more pointed advice, going so far, in fact, as to give word counts for a variety of key resume sections.

Of course, you need to take all of this with a grain of salt. There are no hard and fast rules to resume writing. Marks himself acknowledges this, pointing out that the title is “how to write the nearly perfect resume,” not just, “how to write the perfect resume.” Depending on what position you apply to, you might need to break a few rules or adhere to others that aren’t written here.

But sometimes, when you’re not sure where to start, specific instructions can help you do just that. Also, if you’re not having any luck with the resume you’re using, Marks’s post provides something to check your work against. Maybe you’re being too long-winded, or maybe you’re not being long-winded enough.

So take a look at what he has to say and get started crafting your own almost perfect resume today!