Less is more: a top hiring expert on how to create the best resume

Less is more: a top hiring expert on how to create the best resume

You don’t put your whole career on one page. You put just the top one page’s worth on one page.

Reducing a resume to one page helps many candidates look stronger, not weaker. Recruiters are not impressed that you had enough content to make a three page resume (anyone can do that). Focusing on the best stuff gives a better impression, since recruiters can’t read everything.

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Why A Shorter Resume Makes You A Stronger Candidate

Why A Shorter Resume Makes You A Stronger Candidate

Suppose Bob picks up your three-page resume and Mary gets your one-page resume. Both spend about twenty seconds skimming your resume, which is about how long it takes to skim one page’s worth. Who is left with a better impression of you? Mary. The average content that Mary read was better than the average content that Bob read. About two thirds of the stuff that Bob read wasn’t even good enough to fit on the one pager.

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Former Employee Of Google, Apple, And Microsoft On How To Master The Tech Interview

Former Employee Of Google, Apple, And Microsoft On How To Master The Tech Interview

This interviewing expert urges software engineers to ditch perfectionism, avoid these common mistakes, and try these tactics.

When Gayle Laakmann McDowell had her first interview for a software engineering position at Microsoft 11 years ago, she didn't know quite what she was getting herself into. "I was mostly naive about the interview process," she says. McDowell had just finished her freshman year at University of Pennsylvania and was applying for an internship. "Now, I would think: 'I should be studying for this like I would for a test,'" she says.

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Hiring Committees: The Ultimate Double-Edged Sword

Hiring Committees: The Ultimate Double-Edged Sword

At the right company, hiring committees can be incredibly valuable.

  • Consistency: Hiring committees allow consistency in the process. Every candidates goes through the same decision making group and will hopefully get held to the same standard. (Even if the company is large enough to merit multiple hiring committees, it’s still much easier to standard a small group of hiring committees than a large group of interviewers.)
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What’s the Best Way to Find a Mentor?

What’s the Best Way to Find a Mentor?

Like friendships, mentorships—the ones that actually exist, not the ones that exist in name only—rarely start from a formal request and certainly not from a near stranger. It doesn’t work for mostly the same reasons. It’s artificially trying to create a personal relationship. Doesn’t work.

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The Secret To Asking For A Mentor Is Not Asking

The Secret To Asking For A Mentor Is Not Asking

You don’t ask someone to be your friend. So why do you ask them to be your mentor?

Think about your closest friends—or even your less close friends. When you asked them to be your friend, what were your terms? How often would you hang out? What would you do? What would the expectations be on each side?

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Your Failed Startup Should Definitely Be on Your Resume

Your Failed Startup Should Definitely Be on Your Resume

Is it okay to mention my failed startup on my resume?

You should absolutely list it.

Startups can fail for any number of reasons, which can be a mix of your fault and not your fault. While there might be some people who are ignorant of just how hard it is to be successful, most people in the industry are not. After all, if VCs aren't able to predict which startups are successful, why should it reflect that poorly on you that you weren't able to predict this?

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Marissa Mayer Is Setting a Good Example With Two-Week Maternity Leave

Marissa Mayer Is Setting a Good Example With Two-Week Maternity Leave

As a pregnant woman in tech, I'm tired of people assuming that I won't go back to work right away

Marissa Mayer doesn’t and shouldn’t have to set a good example. But to the extent that she inadvertently does, she actually sets a wonderful example for women by choosing to take only limited leave. She sends a message that not all women are the same, and that babies aren’t just the women’s responsibility.

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What Are The Pros And Cons Of An Unlimited Paternal Leave Program?

What Are The Pros And Cons Of An Unlimited Paternal Leave Program?

It’s understandable that people are excited about this. It seems like a good thing. It’s equal across mothers and fathers; that sends a nice message that babies are not just the woman’s responsibility. I think all parental leave should be equal. The flexibility offered through it is nice as well, since not every parent wants to leave full-time.

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Is Unlimited Paternal Leave Really a Good Thing?

Is Unlimited Paternal Leave Really a Good Thing?

From what I've heard, when companies offer "unlimited" vacation or sick leave, employees actually take less time off. The reasoning is that the time isn't considered yours, free to spend as you see fit. You also now have to worry about how you're perceived. Will taking X weeks off be considered excessive?

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The top career advice for future software engineers

The top career advice for future software engineers

First, let me explain what awesome careers look like.

They don't look like nice linear graphs, where you're moving up a little bit each month. (Heck, even so-so careers don't look like that. You don't move up every month. You get a bit better at your career every month, but you move up in big steps.)

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The Workers Who Say ‘Thanks, but No Thanks’ to Jobs

The Workers Who Say ‘Thanks, but No Thanks’ to Jobs

Recruiters complain college hires are leaving them in the lurch

In May, Michael Armstrong of Southern Co. called two students he’d recruited from a Southeasten public college to wish them a happy graduation and fix their start dates in the fall. The calls went to voice mail. Then the emails came in.

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Why do hiring managers rarely offer explanations to rejected candidates?

Why do hiring managers rarely offer explanations to rejected candidates?

Will you commit to telling everyone, from here on out, the honest reason why you're rejecting their invitation? (Everyone! No exceptions!)

Will you tell that one guy that you won't grab dinner with him because, to be honest, you found him a bit creepy and plus, he's unattractive? Will you tell your Facebook friend (who keeps inviting you to stuff, wtf) that, uh, you barely know her and the one time you met, you found her kind of annoying? Will you tell that friend of a friend you met that you aren't going to go grab a drink with him because he's just not that interesting?

Nah, you'll make up an excuse. "Oh, so sorry! Would love to but I'm busy that night. Next time!" Or maybe you just don't write back at all. So much for honest feedback.

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