Advice for finding employment.

Pro tips


  • Focus on what you have accomplished and can quantify rather than job responsibilities
  • Include graduation date!
  • Save resume as first and last name, not 'resume'
  • Tailor the resume to match the job and add key words.

idea: automate this?

  • Always remember: a resume is for an interview, not a job. Just give them enough information to encourage them to interview you.

Great questions for interviews

[https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20916749:]Questions to ask during a job interview. ( [https://github.com/viraptor/reverse-interview).]

[https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=23516751:]Storytelling for technical interviews.

  • "Could you resolve this merge conflict with me?"

- Get a feel for their critical thinking and communication skills

- Test their knowledge with git

- Test their critical thinking in a pair programming session, learn about how they think about a programming language you expect them to be comfortable in.

Making hiring decisions

[How to hire smarter than the market: a toy model ยท Erik Bernhardsson]

  • Start with some root evaluation
  • Figure out how what your priorities differ from market, then arbitrage

[GitHub - jakeisnt/managers-playbook: Heuristics for effective management]



[Ask HN: What has your career looked like? | Hacker News]


[Ask HN: How does your organisation train programmers? | Hacker News]

Optimizing Resume


You can see how common recruitment tools parse your resume. An optimally parsed resume will ease autofilled applications at the least, and at best will get your resume to more recruiters at a company.

This can be accomplished by leveraging the browser's dev tools:

1. Find a job posting that makes use of [lever]'s recruiting software (e.g. Coursera).

2. Progress to the initial lever page. This page should have a 'jobs.lever.co' domain and fields for basic personal information, including resume submission.

3. Open the developer console and switch to the 'Network' tab.

4. Upload your resume to the application. You should see a 'parseResume' HTTP POST request. Double-click the request and you can view your resume as parsed along with a discription and some preliminary analytics information.

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