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Good CS Recruiting Starts With an Engaging Tech Talk

Good Quora entries on the most effective recruiting events to attract top computer science students on campus:
http://qr.ae/RFHQVn

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July 9th SF Cloud Integration Meetup: RedHat JBoss Fuse

Exciting news! Kenny Peeples from Red Hat is flying to San Francisco to speak about Red Hat JBoss Fuse. Anaplan is hosting this meeting in its beautiful HQ in San Francisco’s SoMa district.

OpenShift Online automates the provisioning, management, and scaling of applications so that you can focus on development and creativity. The newly created Red Hat JBoss Fuse 6.1 cartridge allows you to use Fuse and Fuse Fabric in the OpenShift Online public cloud. JBoss Fuse provides a full-featured, easy-to-use and intuitive framework for integration with extensive connectivity options to external applications.

Join us to see how to use Fuse and Fuse Fabric in OpenShift online.

Speaker KENNETH PEEPLES is a Red Hat JBoss technology evangelist, working with open source software and information assurance, focusing on Integration on Red Hat JBoss Fuse Service Works and Data Virtualization. He has worked as a consultant for the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Intelligence Community. He designed, built, and lead multiple projects including the Enterprise Security Federation Framework (ESF2), Information Assured Android Device (IA2D), and JBoss SCAP Content. Kenneth has Security+ and Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) certifications.

 

LiveRamp + Acxiom !

Acxiom announced it is acquiring LiveRamp for $310 million: Acxiom Press Release

See a video of Acxiom CEO, Scott Howe, and LiveRamp CEO, Auren Hoffman, talking about the combination: LiveRamp Blog Post

 

Name Consistency During Your Job Search

Some people have been gifted with a beautifully intricate set of names that weave a unique, historic, personal tapestry. Family surnames, parental names, christening names, nicknames, etc., may all be part of who you are in the convention of your originating ethnicity and language. For the purposes of professional networking and applying for new jobs in the U.S., however, a complex name can be challenging for even the most motivated recruiting sleuth.

Search engines, networking sites, and widely used resume parsing systems process names differently, but always attempt to simplify a person to a first and last name. Employers interested in talking with you about your job application will additionally look for your online profiles and accounts in the attempt to differentiate you within their stack of applicants: With multiple names they will struggle to find the dots to connect you across LinkedIn, Meetup, GitHub, Facebook, and other sites which help to create a fuller picture of you. They may erroneously match the new grad LinkedIn profile to you, and rule you out of the running for a role requiring 5+ years of experience, for example.  If multiple people at one company are coordinating and conducting interviews, they may struggle to find your contact information and resume in their system fast enough to make a scheduled call to you on time.

Let’s look at this from the perspective of a recruiter or hiring manager.  Say your full name is Charles Vijayaragavan Gomez Zhao. In college they called you Charlie, and at home mom uses Vijayagaravan. Your email is Charlie.Go@gmail.com, and you sign your email message to me as “Thanks – Vijay”.  Meantime, on the resume you submitted, you put your full name in the header or footer of your resume (Charles Vijayaragavan Gomez Zhao), but the top body of your resume has “Vijay Gomez” as the primary name.  My system may have parsed you as Vijay Gomez, but more likely it picked up the header first and named you Charles Zhao.  Your email to me requesting more information does not match anyone I have in my system. If a colleague approaches me and asks if his buddy “Chuck” is scheduled for an interview, I may have no idea who he is talking about.  The time delay caused could mean we don’t get you to, or through, our interview process efficiently enough to land the job, or at all.

Don’t lose your unique identity in everyday life by changing your name altogether, and definitely teach your colleagues to pronounce your name of choice correctly once you have joined the team, but for professional records, and online profiles which factor with growing frequency into filtering and hiring decisions, make sure your name is consistent and is easy for the typical interview coordinator to find and remember. You may discover that you are much more professionally in demand than you thought, and start getting more call backs!

New Graduate Resume and Networking Tips:

I attended a Speed Networking event at San Francisco State University, and put together some quick tips for new grads getting ready to look for their first full time job. Let me know if you have some basics to add:

  1. Include all skills: specific programs and generic program names. Important for recruiter resume searches and brief resume review by a hiring manager.
    CRM, Salesforce
    Project Management Software, Primavera P6
    PowerPoint, Prezi, Presentation Software
  2. Many hiring managers are extremely judgmental of spelling, punctuation, resume formatting, alignment, etc. Have others review your work. Print it and look at it with fresh eyes.
  3. Include work samples if applicable: an online portfolio (art or webdev), code samples (software), project pictures, writing sample, CAD sample, process improvement, etc.
  4. Industry experience, ex: Digital Marketing, Mobile Applications, Retail Sales, Nonprofit
  5. List work or internship experience.
    Give a reference name for each, but no contact information. Let them call you for that, but they may recognize the name.
  6. $$, ##’s: Have you been part of a project that saved money or boosted numbers? Be specific….
    How you changed a process, introduced a new vendor, created a social presence that drove new sales, etc.
  7. What did you own on a project, or significanly impact?
  8. Cut out words like “helped” and “assisted” wherever possible and be more detailed on your contribution.
  9. List your key or specialty courses (ex: Cognitive Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning)
  10. List professors in key courses who can be references.
  11. List volunteer activities, and give reference names.
  12. Hobbies: List some that may be related to the job, or which give a sense of your personality. Sports show you are healthy, can work on teams, and are likely healthy.
  13. Line up your references and let them know when they may be expecting a call. They also may have other job opportunity suggestions for you! Keep a list of your references on GoogleDocs for easy, timely sharing. Do not OVERUSE or over-introduce these people – only share full reference contact detail when a hiring manager is serious about considering you for a position.
    Include:
    –Name
    –Current Company/Title
    –Company/Title/Relationship when you worked together -or- School/Class
    –Phone (work, mobile)
    –Email
    –Time Zone
    –Best time/way to contact
  14. LinkedIn.com – Use It!!! Make sure it is consistent with your resume.
    –Link with interesting people: parents of friends, professors, students, work/intern colleagues, recruiters, neighbors.
    –Actively continue linking – calendar time to touch LinkedIn once per week.
    –Request recommendations and post them.
    –Search for contacts at the companies you are interested in. Ask for introductions through your connections.
    Call people for informational interviews.
    –Search for recruiters and HR personnel at the companies you are interested in. Link with and contact them.
    –Track these contacts, your contact attempts and methods, dates, and repeat at least monthly.
    –Gather company information.
    –Look at job postings on LinkedIn.
    –Join groups.
    –Set alerts for news from companies you are interested in: Also do this on Google.
  15. Meetup.com – search for your specialty/industry; then join, attend, network, connect, and link.
  16. Scan the online job boards (Craig’s List, Indeed.com, Dice, etc.), or search online for keyword combos and the word “job” or “apply”. If you apply, personalize your resume submission with a letter that targets your matching points to the job requirements.
  17. Online Community Participation: write or participate on blogs; write reviews for books in your field online (ie: on Amazon); ask questions on LinkedIn and Meetup groups; join open source or coding groups, etc.
  18. Learn about a company before you interview. TechCrunch, LinkedIn, Google it, industry magazines, contact people there for informational interviews, etc.

New Grads: “Want a Job? Get an Internship First!”

Interesting short podcast from American Pulic Media – Marketplace on Education.
http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/education/want-job-get-internship-first#.UTvCX_ebaBo.email

This story emphasizes the heightened Importance of internships in today’s job market to bridge the gap between your college degree and your first job. Hiring managers are far more likely to consider new grads with experience working with others, collaborating on a team, and solving real problems. Experiential learning is weighed more heavily by some than grades and college name. Hiring managers are increasingly finding that even those exiting a good school with a “practical” degree struggle without the real-life test-drive of teaming, communication, and collaboration.

Employers claim that colleges are doing a fair to poor job today of preparing successful employees. I have to wonder of some of this disappointment is exacerbated by our societal shift toward texting as a primary form of communication. SO much critical work is still best shared and communicated by phone and in person, in my experience.

Employers’ advice: Work on interviewing skills and study up on the organization and industry you are applying to. A degree alone with good grades from a good school should be accompanied by an internship to show your “practical” side. Solid writing and communication skills, adaptability, teaming, decision-making, and problem-solving abilities are the gold standard.

As a recruiter, I know that internships also frequently turn into job opportunities after graduation, and will start your career networking and reference connections.

If you are a college student majoring in computer science, math, or information systems interested in an internship, do contact me for an opportunity in San Francisco / Bay Area!

STEM and Computer Science Gender Gap

Here are some interesting links to reasons for the gender gap in STEM and computer science, and how Harvey Mudd College is successfully addressing it.

 

PBS interview with Markia Klawe regarding STEM and the gender gap:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/04/stemchat-why-arent-more-women-in-science-and-engineering.html

 

Encouraging Women to Consider Computer Science: Harvey Mudd Successes
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/03/science/giving-women-the-access-code.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

 

Interview with Harvey Mudd President Maria Klawe on Women in STEM:
http://onedublin.org/2011/09/10/harvey-mudd-college-president-maria-klawe-on-women-in-science-math-and-engineering/

 

Harvey Mudd College CS statistics:
http://www.cs.hmc.edu/~alvarado/papers/fp068-alvarado.pdf