Pilot Recruiting Program: DRAFT DAY — Yay!!

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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!

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!

Always ‘Save As’ PDF

shareWhen you attach PDF files of your cover letter, resume, or bio in an email, you’re protecting yourself from unauthorized tampering of your information when it reaches its destination. That’s why we strongly recommend that you always ‘save as’ PDF before you upload your files to the Document Library for sharing and management.

See how fast and easy it is in the newest video on our ‘How To’ channel. This one shows how to get it done if you are using Word in Windows. There is one coming up soon for Mac. Get to know all the features and functionality as we keep adding to this channel every week.

Common Core: Networking in College

Our blog has a category titled Work My Network. It is where we collect our thoughts and ideas in support of the fundamental truth — referred candidates are more likely to be successful in getting an interview. This remains true no matter where you are on your career timeline.

But what does matter is when you start to build your network and we, at 225AM.COM, believe that freshman year in college is a great place to start. So when I read a post by Haley Osborne titled WANT A JOB? START NETWORKING IN COLLEGE on theundercoverrecruiter.com, I thought it would be useful to share it here.

Osborne reaffirms our assertion that networking is the first and critical step to winning a job. And she continues to encourage the reader to actively engage with network connections to develop mentors and advisers. The 225AM platform allows users to aggregate their LinkedIn and Facebook networks as well as add their personal contacts into their 225AM account. Our users can search across all three networks at once, using one of our 4 main filters, Industry | Position | Location | Company, to find relevant connections that have the potential to become referrals or advisers. Being able to organize your entire network within these categories provides a new way of ‘seeing’ who you know and insight into relevant relationships for your career development.

Take a minute to learn how Chantal is networking using 225AM:

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If you are serious about getting a job or an internship in the Summer of 2015 please take a few minutes to read the article and then get to work on building your network.

#1 Job Search Tool : Person-to-Person Networking

As most of my focus and time is on the 2014 MPACE Conference this week I wanted to share briefly a recent post about by an English Teacher/Resume Writer, Steve Brady, who used a segment from The Quick & Easy Guide to Networking: Tips, Tricks & Tools for Jobseekers, one of his (all career and job search related) guidebooks that is intended to be a networking primer for job/internship seekers of all ages.

An advantage for 225AM users is that the searching, identifying and then the tracking and organization of schedules and contacts is managed by us in your 225AM account. You may find it useful. Let me know if you don’t!

The Weak Ties in Your Network

A post with the title The best way to get hired is to be referred by an employee! But how do you get referrals?, by Karl Liechty, mentions the importance of building out ones social and professional network by connecting with people that have ‘weak ties’ to you or vice versa.  I made this the issue in a prior post and I will continue to bring up related discussions and points of view again here because strengthening a weak tie is the very thing that can not only extend your network but make it evermore robust.  I further submit that your opportunities for developing mentors and valuable referrals will also grow. It then follows that finding a position that you truly want will also improve because you may have finally connected with someone ‘in company’ that can get your resume walked into HR and onto the short stack, the one that gets read.

You may already be engaged in more than a few of the practices that are encouraged in the article by Liechty but it never hurts to get a little affirmation and encouragement to help keep you on your tack.

We always welcome your comments or narrative about your experiences so let us know what’s happening with you.

Search for Work | Expand Your Network

This are a couple of progress videos from Caitlin and Piers. They are fully engaged in the work involved in getting a job. Listen to their unvarnished experiences and hear their first impressions of using 225AM.COM to get and stay organized in the effort.

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We will be posting progress updates here in the coming weeks.
Let us know what you think.