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!

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.

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.

Is Your College Diploma a ‘transferable’ Skill?

So a friend and colleague sent me a link to Why are so many college students failing to gain job skills before graduation?, a post from The Washington Post higher education news blog, Grade Point. As the title not-so-subtly suggests, there is a threshold barrier to gainful employment for college seniors and, not surprisingly, recent graduates.

The post calls out the results of the Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus test. This is given to students in the first and last (senior) year to measure their gains in critical thinking, writing/communication, and analytical reasoning. The test results show that 40% of seniors fail to graduate with complex reasoning skills. Now consider this in light of The Association of American Colleges & Universities surveys of both students and employers. The purpose of the surveys are to gauge their respective opinions about graduates ‘readiness’ for the job market. The graphic below summarizes the surveys’ findings:

WSJ_graphicApparently there is a perception problem or a misalignment between what or how schools prepare their students for entering the job market and what employers seek or need.  There’s no easy answer but, I think, highlighting these findings is a strong start for positive outcomes on an individual basis.

Schools should actively and effectively encourage their students to blend together their practical and scholastic campus life experience.  Students (and their parents) should stress-less on picking a major to match the job market and put greater emphasis on developing the skills to successfully live away from the reading list and a syllabus. Taking a step toward making this adjustment is way more likely to produce an employable class, writ large.

Extending Your Social Network by Your Personal Network

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This is Chantal’s first 225AM report of the new year and she has discovered why we give our users the ability to add a single new connection [read: someone hands you their contact information or business card in a meet and greet setting] to her 225AM aggregated, searchable, network. It’s a short little clip wherein you’ll hear how this simple tool has already helped her stay organized and networking.

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.

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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.

#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!