Jobspring LA recently visited Baby2Baby, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, and donated time to a great cause! Baby2Baby provides low-income families with essentials and clothing for children up to 12 years old. The organization helps over 67,000 children in the LA area every year! A variety of celebrities are involved with Baby2Baby, including Jessica Alba, Julie Bowen and Nicole Richie.
While at the Baby2Baby warehouse, Jobspring staff sorted through donated items and categorized them into various bins. Baby2Baby receives a great deal of items weekly, so Jobspring was on hand to organize the donations! After sorting everything, the staff was able to put together care packages for children in need. Each package was made special for a specific child, and included two new outfits, shoes, toys, and basic necessities.
Jobspring was excited and humbled to be a part of such a wonderful organization. It's wonderful to know that their small gesture will make a big impact on other people’s lives!
Article written by: Kevin Donoho, Practice Manager of Jobspring Chicago
To start, I want to clarify, this is not a “How To” on writing a resume, but instead a look at what you are communicating versus what you’re really trying to communicate.
What is your resume?
Often, I meet job seekers who are looking for advice on how to present themselves in a way that makes them interesting to the opportunity they’re targeting. The best way to do this is through your resume. You should not see your resume as a complete historic biography of your professional career. Do not use this 1-3 page document as a chance to explore all of the professional highs and lows of your long or short lifetime. Keep it succinct and targeted and you’ll be doing yourself a favor. Your resume is a vehicle to get you to the next step in your career so treat it as such. To do this, you’ll have to edit and change your resume for different positions and applications. Yes it’s extra work, but if you put in the time, it can really pay off.
What does your resume really say?
If you’re a software engineer looking to get into cutting-edge technology in an exciting new startup, then you want to highlight your experience that is relevant to that. Very often I see software engineers with a laundry list of every technology they’ve ever used at the top of their resume when it really isn’t too relevant to the position they're seeking. Grouping every backend development language you’ve touched, every bug tracking and testing tool you know, all of the UI design programs you have experience with, and the 6 different databases you’ve become familiar with doesn’t make you come across as a polyglot or a master developer, it makes you seem confused and unclear on what you seeking for your next role.
If you’re applying for a Java Application developer position at a large financial firm, it probably isn’t relevant that you programmed with Kobalt in 2001 and it’s even less relevant if you’re applying to that cool new startup downtown. Non-industry work experience is also something you should remove from your resume unless you were using relevant technologies. Your future hiring manager probably isn’t concerned whether or not you were a grill master at your local Chili’s the summer before you went to college. That being said, you should demonstrate a clear chronological history of past industry experience, but don’t dig too deep into the .Net experience you had in 2005 if you’ve been solely focused on Ruby on Rails development for the last 6 years. Your future employer is mostly interested in relevant, recent experiences.
What do you want your resume to say?
Every resume should clearly demonstrate why you’re applying and why this next position is relevant for you in an objective or mission statement. It should also show what skills make you a good candidate for this next position, usually in a focused skill section that really plays to the requirements on the job description. Lastly, it should demonstrate what experience you have that will make you a fit by detailing your past employment history. Highlight the relevant technologies and make sure your role description is coherent and specific. If you paint broad strokes and are too all-encompassing, it will appear that you aren't entirely sure about what you actually did. Listing off every responsibility you’ve ever had also won’t do you any favors; keep the responsibilities piece limited and specific. Make sure your objective is specific and tailored because today, by and large, the cover letter is a dead art form. In a world where 140 characters rules supreme, your objective or mission statement is the best way to make it clear you’re a great fit for their role – so use it! Looking to get into interactive development creating elegant and intuitive user interfaces? Explain why and how you’re going to do that. Craft your resume to make you a clear match for the job. Don’t just spam out the same document to all positions.
Your resume is the first and most important impression of who you are. Take pride in that and use it to portray why you’re a fit for the open job. If your resume is confusing and overloaded with information, people will assume that you aren’t entirely sure what you do or what you want to do. Don’t make that mistake. Use your resume like a targeted missile by clearly pinpointing what makes you a fit and use the entirety of the document to do so.
This month, Jobspring San Francisco has been collaborating with the St Vincent De Paul Society of San Francisco to run a food drive at their office, gathering much needed food staples before volunteering their time at the shelter. Items collected from the food drive are distributed at their Helpdesk Center for those who may not be able to afford to buy groceries. Last week, they carted the donated food to St. Vincent De Paul MSC South Centre and volunteered their evening.
MSC is the largest homeless shelter in Northern California serving breakfast and dinner to over 400 people each day. They also house over 350 men and 50 women in their overnight shelter facility. This is a great resource for men as there are a lot of projects in the city geared towards women and children so this is an exception. Through offering temporary housing of up to 120 days, it can often be the break somebody needs to try and get back on their feet after falling on hard times. Having witnessed the combined efforts and the range of services provided, Jobspring SF was truly amazed to meet and speak to the service-users firsthand and learn about the impact and benefits such facilities have had on their lives. St Vincent De Paul is able to offer such excellent services through the help of government funding, various fundraising activities, and through the help of very generous donations from the public.
Jobspring San Fransisco's arrival at the center was followed by a quick run-down on how everything works and how their work would impact and serve the SF community.
Their team was then split into groups responsible for the meet and greet, serving meals, clean up, and laundry folding.
This was a great experience for Jobspring San Fransisco. They were able to meet some really interesting people who all had a story to tell. Everyone they encountered was so grateful for Jobspring's time and effort while there, and it really was a worthwhile experience for everyone in the office who attended. They also enjoyed the delicious food first-hand when they joined the staff for dinner afterwards. Hopefully they will get to return soon and continue to support this fantastic facility in any way they can!
Article by Morgan Khodayari, Recruiter at Jobspring San Francisco
I don’t think it’s any secret that Technology is a thriving market to position your career in, particularly in the Bay Area. Even entry-level engineering salaries have been crawling up into six figures lately. So for those of us who didn’t major in computer science, how do we tap in? Is there a way to go back in time and learn to code?
Enter the newest trend: coding boot camps. There are a number of programs here in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley that will, in as little as 9 weeks, train you to be a developer. Some are focused on specific programming languages while others have a broad curriculum. There are different pricing models for these programs. Some charge a flat fee as tuition, others are free and take a percentage of their graduates’ starting salary, etc. Either way, they are creating an opportunity for anyone to become an engineer, and not only enrich their knowledge of technology but beef up their salary as well.
So why would you hire a boot camp graduate instead of someone with a computer science degree? I had the pleasure of chatting with Damon Gustafson, the VP of Operations at Coding Dojo, a code academy located here in Silicon Valley as well as Seattle, WA.
He stressed that his students learn more than just development, and are ideal hires, “Our students are passionate. They’re committed. And, they’re determined. Most of them have completely put their lives on hold; families, careers, spouses, to learn something new and go after what they want. They have spent 9 weeks working 70+ hours per week. They’re focused on one thing: being a great developer. They know this is just the beginning and that they have a great deal to learn. But they’re excited about that. They crave it. And, because now that they have been taught how to learn, they can quickly pick up whatever stack a new employer throws at them. Who wouldn’t want someone like that working for them? Plus, they’re ninjas. And having a ninja on staff is just cool.”
Furthermore, most of these programs build their students into not only great developers, but overall great employees. Most programs host guest speakers from the industry, teach resume building, and aid them in setting up services like LinkedIn and GitHub so that they are presenting themselves correctly.
Coding Dojo hosts students from all backgrounds and skill levels. Some already have computer science degrees while others have had no exposure to programming. In the end, they all come out as hungry, driven, successful developers. If you’re looking to hire a developer, I would highly consider a recent graduate of one of these programs.