The Road to WTIA’s Draft Day, June 25

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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.

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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)

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Contact Heather Craig: hcraig@washingtontechnology.org

Dormant doesn’t mean Dead, it means Weak

Ok, ok, OK! I’ve been trying to encourage you to get up and get yourself out there to begin, build and bloom new relationships with people that will, at least, become good friends and even better, a great connection for your next career move. I brought up the notion that your most useful connection may be one that you think is your worst and introduced to you The Strength of Weak Ties as a reference point. I have since discovered that this concept has not only proven itself effective but has gained momentum in principle and practice. I have come across a lot of different opinions and ideas about how to improve the quality of ones network thereby cultivating a more valuable cohort of contacts.

adamgrantSo, it seems perfectly reasonable that I continue to share. This is a good one, too, because it’s a short video with the provocative title, Forget Friends: You’re 58% More Likely to Get a Job Through Weaker Ties that discusses how a dormant tie is simply another flavor of a weak tie and equally potent. The speaker is Adam Grant, well-respected Wharton professor and author of the bestseller Give and Take, a book that looks at how human interactions affect outcomes, successful and unsuccessful. Check out what he said and let me know if I’m convincing you yet.

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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It’s all about that Base

There’s no catchier tune currently on the radio than the song not-so-subtly referenced in my title. And there is just a dead beat for all of you out there who cannot find the rhythm of networking because you are struggling with a sense of interpersonal angst. Well, you gotta snap out of it!  And you know that, too, because finding a job, never mind a career where you feel you will make a difference, requires getting into the ‘power pile’ of resumes sitting on any hiring manager’s desk and staying out of their InBox Spam folder. Remember the power pile? It’s the short pile, the pile that gets read.

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What’s that you say? You don’t know how to get started? Well, the one sure thing is that you must try because the only other ‘sure thing’ is that ‘you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take’ (Wayne Gretzky). So, I thought The Ultimate Guide To Networking For Introverts would be a good place for you to start. Olivia Gamber takes you through her journey out of the shadows to networking enlightenment. It may seem a bit long but stay with her on this. You’ll benefit from at least learning one, if not more, traits for self-development, if not self-awareness.

Of course, merely mastering the art of networking (or being a social lion in meet-ups) won’t yield instant results for you. You must provide value to the new relationships that you have cultivated. You have to genuinely, sincerely, engage with the people that you meet who are directly or tangentially part of the career community into which you want to join. When you show your authentic self in conversation, over time, you will earn the trust and mind share of your network base.

This is Not Your Sibling’s XLS Spreadsheet

The 225AM team is very excited to give you a ‘sneak peak’ at what you, our users, have been telling us you desperately need. We were listening and have queued up the 225AM Job Tracker in our development pipeline!

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Just head to your 225AM dashboard and you will see that we added a Job Tracker/Management tab. Clicking on the Management Tool tab here will walk you through the function and flow demo of what we have planned and this is where we want your comments, criticisms and suggestions.

We need your voice and participation in this effort so that we create something that is of true value to you. We want to hear our user’s voice. We are still listening.feedback_tabs

Tell us if you don’t like our labels or if we are missing a critical feature or function or just about anything you can think of that would be important not just to you but to the 225AM user community of job seekers. Use our feedback system on the right side of your screen to keep us in tune with your ideas.

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Talk to us. We want to hear what you have to say!

Stop networking…is one person’s opinion.

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I have met many millennial junior, senior and post-graduate students who are so enthusiastic, capable and eager to throw themselves into the workforce. Juniors are anxious to land that summer internship and seniors and post-grads (as well as new alums) are singularly focused on finding a living-wages job. One expects that with such determination and drive our gatherings would be a lively discussion and sharing of networking experiences and ideas for developing industry mentors or employee referrals. (A recent study conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of NY reported that candidates who are referred to the hiring manager are twice as likely to get an interview — the holy grail of the job hunt — with 40% more likely to be hired over other applicants — winning!)

Instead, dead air filled the room and the enthusiasm was replaced by tentative silence. What I discovered is that most millenials think that the invitation/acceptance of connecting or friending someone on LinkedIn or Facebook is all there is to ‘networking’. There seemed to be no recognition that the very term ‘networking’ defines exchange of information, in short, communication. What I saw in the room was anxiety and puzzlement.

orgchartNetworking is fundamental to the art of getting a job. The silence was ultimately replaced with a question that was, apparently, common to the group: ‘But how do you network with someone in your network?’  So, I thought I would share a post I recently stumbled upon that attempts to answer that very question. Keeping in mind that it is one person’s opinion but I think that it is worthwhile to take it in and use it to introduce some self-awareness toward your next networking opportunity. In fact, it may take the anxiety out of networking.

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.