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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.

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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How to Brag: Describing Accomplishments on Resumes

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Almost all of a resume’s useful content can be categorized in one of three ways. Responsibilities – Something that was part of the job on an ongoing basis. Skills / Traits – These may be referenced as part of an introductory profile/summary at the top or in a skills section. I’ve learned that many people have difficulty differentiating between skills and traits, ...

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Interview Prep: Ready for Storytime?

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Interview preparation often means different things to technologists depending on their level of experience. It seems that more and more material written about interview prep seems focused on junior level developer interviews at the most visible employers (“the Big 4”), causing worried job seekers to spend hours memorizing algorithms and data structures or the code to the most commonly asked ...

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I’m Glad You Studied FizzBuzz, But What About the Guaranteed Questions?

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Every company takes a different approach to interviews, so without the benefit of inside information it is impossible to predict whether you might be subjected to a whiteboard session, a code pairing exercise, a written test, random Fermi questions (still a thing?), or a technical trivia game show focused on the minutiae of some framework or language. New graduates often ...

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“It Never Hurts to Apply”… except when it does

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Job seekers are sometimes reluctant to apply for positions that might be considered a stretch for their abilities or qualifications, and there are several possible explanations for the hesitation. Fear of rejection, underconfidence, or concerns about wasting time are all likely contributors when we hover the cursor over the APPLY NOW button. Of course if you were to ask your ...

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So You Say You’re An Expert?

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Whether through my recruiting endeavors or the private resume services I provide to job seekers, not a week goes by where I don’t see the word “expert” somewhere on a resume or cover letter. “Expert in $LANGUAGE” isn’t all that uncommon, and today the expression of expertise may also be depicted through a horizontal bar graph where several languages or concepts ...

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Negotiating Offers That Meet Your Asking Price

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Negotiating job offers is a skill, and many are reluctant to even attempt it. Like interviewing, negotiation is something that most professionals may only do a few times (or less) a decade, so it’s not the type of skill that gets honed through regular use. One question that I often hear relates to scenarios where a candidate provides a target salary/range ...

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