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Author Archives: Dave Fecak

Dave Fecak
Dave Fecak has been recruiting software engineers for start-ups since 1998 and he has served as the founder and president of the Philadelphia Area Java Users’ Group since 2000. Dave is often cited and published on career topics for technology professionals, and he blogs at JobTipsForGeeks.com.

Agents for Software Developers, Revisited

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A few recent Reddit and Hacker News posts alluded to the idea of agents in the world of software. If professional athletes and artists can have agents representing them in hiring and negotiation situations, why not software talent as well? Recruiters are almost always mentioned in these discussions, and after almost 20 years in agency recruiting I feel I understand ...

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Show (Don’t Tell) Me That You Haven’t Stopped Learning

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Whether through my recruiting work or my resume writing and coaching, I frequently review resumes that lead off with some kind of statement alluding to the candidate being a dedicated lifelong learner. Intellectual curiosity and a desire to keep skills current is something that many hiring companies will value, so it’s generally a good idea to convey those traits if you possess ...

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Undersell and Overdeliver

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This week I received a multi-paragraph email from a job applicant who was applying for a developer position I had advertised with one of my clients. There was no resume attached or even referenced, which is highly unusual (sometimes there is nothing attached but a reference to an attachment). Maybe he forgot. The email was almost exactly what I might ...

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The Perfect Resume

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Between my “Worst Resume of the Week” series being published over the past couple months and my continuing work reviewing and rewriting resumes at Resume Raiders, I’ve been too focused on the negative lately. Let’s change that, if only for a day. I thought I’d take the opposite approach and provide a guideline for what I’d consider the perfect resume. ...

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Thank You Notes: They’re Not Just About Gratitude

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Thank You notes have been part of the job search tradition for many years, and although the typical delivery format has been updated (email is fine), I tend to find that candidates still primarily view the note as a gesture of gratitude or a formality. I suggest that job seekers instead view the Thank You note as an opportunity to ...

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Things Geeks Should Know About LinkedIn

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As much as LinkedIn seems to be turning into the worst parts of Facebook, flooded with tired memes that include phrases like “Only geniuses will get this math problem correct” or “Don’t scroll past without saying AMEN!“, having a LinkedIn profile is still generally considered a good idea for technologists. It can store business contacts in one convenient place, help ...

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How NOT to Appear Desperate in a Job Search

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Whether you are happy employed, “between jobs,” or suffering from habitual unemployment, it’s helpful to be conscious of the image you are projecting during a job search. There is real potential damage to job seekers who appear desperate, with two rather simple explanations. 1 – Employers may be more likely to take advantage. Applicants that appear the most desperate for work ...

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Worst Resume: Bad Starts

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This week we have a four page Java developer resume that needs help in a bunch of places. Again, I’ve redacted the content to protect the innocent. SUMMARY The resume started with a SUMMARY. If you read my resume articles, I greatly appreciate summaries. I am a Sr. Java Developer with experience directly managing developers. He has extensive experience in ...

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The Worst Resume of the Week: Who are You?

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Anyone who has either been a client of Resume Raiders or has read my articles about resumes knows that I am a firm believer in powerful summary/profile statements. There are many who feel a summary is not necessary, and in some cases that may be true, but I see an increasing number of resumes that either include a somewhat cryptic profile ...

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Got Fired? A list of Do’s and Don’ts

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Being terminated from a job unexpectedly can launch a flurry of emotions that may cause the newly unemployed to act irrationally or erratically as they begin their search for the next job. Within hours a fired individual might experience combinations of shame, anger, rage, regret, and loss. This is natural. In this situation, a clearly defined plan will be instrumental ...

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