Hi there. It’s good to meet you. You have a firm, powerful handshake. If you’re applying to be a Web Developer with KK BOLD, I’m the guy who is going to be reading your resume and summarily judging your qualifications. So I’ve got some tips for you. I know we just met and all, but you look like you could use some help. Try not to be intimidated by the fact that I’m also the person deciding if you will be hired or not. It turns out that I’m not that bad of a guy. (Ed. note – Meh.)
1. I might not be interested in everything on your resume. And that’s ok. If you’re new to the business, your prior work experience is probably not going to interest me all that much. I’m not going to call the shift manager at Chotchkie’s to see if you wore fifteen pieces of flair. Still, knowing the past two or three places you’ve worked could be some helpful info.
2. Your educational background is important, but not as important as real-world experience. I’ve met people with degrees/certifications in web design or web development that have never actually built a website. On the other hand, I’ve met people with a degree that is wholly unrelated to web development that have many years of applicable experience. Guess which one we’re more likely to hire?
3. I need examples of your work. If you don’t have examples to show, it becomes difficult to gauge whether or not you can do the job. If you haven’t been employed to do web development, take some time to create some websites on your own. Go crazy, be creative. Take a major brand name and create a site based on your vision of them. Or maybe develop a content management system and show that. Let’s see what you’ve got.
4. Sending your resume through the mail on paper is
unnecessary fine, but be sure to also email a copy. You’re applying for a position that deals heavily with technology – don’t be old fashioned. Include links to projects you’ve worked on, a portfolio, or anything else that can show us your skills.
5. Don’t be late for an interview, but don’t show up too early either. Five minutes early is pretty much perfect.
What’s that you say? You’re not looking to be a Web Developer? Well, this is awkward. I’m not quite sure why you’re here then, but these tips might still apply to you, also. Try reading the tips over again, but this time replace any “web design”-ish terms with terms that apply to your individually chosen career path. See if they still correspond. It certainly worked for me when I tried out to be a rodeo clown. Thanks for stopping by anyway. And again, man, that is one fantastic handshake.
Kalvin Kingsley is the operations director for KK BOLD. He didn’t really ever get hired as a rodeo clown. It wasn’t for lack of experience, mind you, but mostly because rodeo clowning is a very difficult field to get into unless you happen to know somebody.