Resume Tip – Relationship between Resume and LinkedIn

Yesterday a friend asked about the relationship between their resume and their LinkedIn profile. I thought I’d cover that off here in a resume tip.

I believe that LinkedIn is an extension of your resume. Your resume is the condensed view of you, the marketing brochure tailored to the job you are applying for whereas LinkedIn can be much deeper and broader.

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Mentorship Matters

I did a talk on Coder Cruise last year called Mentorship Matters. It’s called that because I truly believe that mentorship matters and the talk is about the matters of mentorship. The agenda for the talk is:

  • How mentors have shaped me
  • How to pick and approach a mentor
  • How to be a good mentor

The original abstract for the talk is as follows:

In this, ever challenging world, having a strong set of mentors is key to your success. Building on the experiences and knowledge of others is the only way to even catch up, much less get ahead. And you need to think beyond career management and think about technical, personal growth, growing your network and all sorts of dimensions as you are thinking about mentors.
Secondly, mentoring someone else can be the most rewarding experience in your life. When should you take on mentees? What are the questions that you need to be asking them? How much of your time should you give up? And so on…
In this talk, we’ll dive into why you need mentors, how to select mentors, how to approach them and how to work with them with case studies from real life. Then we’ll dive into the other side of the coin and how you should work with others when approached to be a mentor.

I hope you enjoy the talk and I’m looking forward to your comments!

Resume Tips – What do you call yourself in your resume?

What you call yourself in your resume is important. At a high level, make sure that you’re using standardized titles as that helps the recruiter and the hiring manager align your experience with what they are looking for. Far more content in the video.

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As always, my caveat is that I’m not in HR or a professional recruiter, I’m just a manager who has read a lot of resumes. These are just my thoughts…

Resume Tip – Check your links

Everything you put on your resume is fair game. The things that you link to become extensions of your resume. In today’s resume tip, I talk about two categories of things to think about.

  1. Check your links to make sure that they go to where you think they go.
  2. Ensure that the content at the end of that link reflects you personally and professionally in the way that you want to present to the potential employeer.

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As always, I’m in HR and I’m not a professional recruiter. I’m just a manager who has read a lot of resumes.

Resume Tip – Fit and Finish

Fit and Finish means looking after all the little details. I’ve got three categories of fit and finish that I talk about in today’s resume tip.

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My big caveat with this series is that I’m not in HR, I’m not a professional recruiter, I’m just a manager who has read a bunch of resumes. The tips are my perspective on things.

Resume Tip – Above the Fold

In today’s resume tip, I talk about the importance of an old concept on your resume. That old concept is “Above the Fold”. The short version, don’t make the person reading your resume go hunt for the reason to hire you.

My big caveat with this series is that I’m not in HR, I’m not a professional recruiter, I’m just a manager who has read a bunch of resumes. The tips are my perspective on things.

Resume Tip – Tell me what you did

I’m starting a little Youtube series on resume tips. Over the past handful of months, I’ve read close to a thousand resumes and there are some things that really make a resume stand out, good and bad, to me. I’ll be covering these in small bite sized chunks. My goal is one a day. Help hold me to that… 🙂

My first tip is about telling me what you did, not what you were responsible for.

I don’t really care what work people assigned you. I care about the work that you drove and the things that you accomplished. That gives me a far more interesting look into your past.

My big caveat with this series is that I’m not in HR, I’m not a professional recruiter, I’m just a manager who has read a bunch of resumes. The tips are my perspective on things.

Online Conference Chat

I’ve attended a few online conferences recently and one of the most important features, the group chat, is arguably the least functional of the features of the web infrastructure. The reason I attend conferences rather than just watching content on Youtube is the interaction with the rest of the audience. Since we can’t do that in person these days, the group chat in the conference is often the closest thing and I’ve not seen an online conference that does this well yet. That’s not a fault of the conference, it’s that there’s not a group chat that is actually built for conferences that I’ve seen yet.

I’ve spent some time researching this feature set and haven’t found anything that actually does what I believe that a conference chat should do. There are some things that are close but nothing that I’ve seen that actually fulfills all the requirements.

I’m posting here on my blog because I would love input, argument, additions to, … the features that I think are important and if there is a viable solution in the market at the moment. If there is, fantastic. Otherwise, I might start a project to fill this niche in the community. More on the possible project at the end.

  • As a conference organizer, I want to easily embed a seamless chat experience into my conference website
  • As an attendee, I want to be able to comment to the other attendees of the conference in the large group chat
  • As an attendee, I want to have the chat switch to a track specific chat when I’m watching a specific chat
  • As an attendee, I want the ability to declare a “hallway discussion topic” and invite have other attendees join me in that side conversation and have that hallway discussion close once people have left.
  • As a conference organizer, I want the ability to easily spot issues and moderate content, both in an automated fashion and manual fashion, in all those forums
    • Auto-moderation around words, phrases, …
    • Turn on and off links and other such features
    • Ability to boot and ban attendees if needed
  • As a conference organizer, I want to be able to pin an important message to the top of the chat
  • As an attendee, I want to log into the conference web site and have that log into all parts of the website including the chat
    • This one is tough because all kinds of authentication could be happening and we’d need to figure out what the min set of authentication schemes we’d need to support. And likely make this very modular so that it’s easy enough to add another scheme later.
  • As a conference organizer, I need to be able to control all the data to adhere to privacy laws in various geos
  • As a speaker, I’d like to be able to run simple polls in the chat during my talk
  • As an attendee, I would like the navigation at least localized in my preferred language
  • As an attendee, I would like to have the content of the chat translated to my preferred language
  • As a conference organizer, I want the chat to be brandable with conference coloring and logos

I’m sure that there are other features that are important and I’d love it people could suggest them here until such point as we get a github repo going and we can just put things in issues there. I’m holding off on the github repo at the moment though as I’d love to find an existing solution to the features above.

So far, there’s a bunch of things that do subsets of these features but they are typically company chats, not conference chats, that we are trying to bend to our use case but they definitely don’t actually do everything we need as conference organizers and attendees. I’m not going to drain all of these options such as Slack, Discord, Microsoft Teams, … as it does them a disservice. They are awesome products but not purpose built for conferences.

I’d LOVE for this to be a solved problem. 🙂

What I’m thinking about doing is starting with Kiwi IRC. It has a ton of the right functionality already so a large part of the heavy lifting would be creating UI around the existing features to make it easily usable for people who are not intimately knowledgeable with IRC.

  • The backend is node.js and flat files so it’s not expensive to run, fairly easy to deploy and will run on whatever server the conference is already hosting their conference website on. This gives the conference the control over the data that they need.
  • It already has the main chat obviously.
  • It’s easy and programmatic to add additional topics which is how we do tracks.
  • It’s got a fair amount of moderation tools built in already.
  • It has an embeddable web client already.
  • It is already localized into a large number of languages.
  • It already has theming support.
  • It does not integrate into your authentication scheme easily
  • While you can have multiple tracks, we’d have to add UI to make it really simple, through the embedded front end, to add a hallway track and be able to navigate back when done.
  • Some investigation would be needed into automated moderation
  • I don’t believe you can do polls at the moment
  • bonus is that anyone could connect to it with their favorite IRC client and interact that way rather than through the website if that’s desired.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about this and would love some thoughts and opinions.

Also, feel free to tell me that while this is not a solved issue, that I’m the only one stressing about it so I should move on. 🙂

Looking forward to the discussion.