Not terribly long ago, I was just another college student with a
liberal arts degree looking for a job. Recently, my work at Microsoft has
put my on the other side of the table, and I've been facing resumes,
interviews, and hiring decisions.
For not entirely unselfish reasons, I decided I needed to present an
online resource that would help people looking for jobs in the high-tech
industry. In the last year or so, I've seen enough misleading and
poorly-written resumes and interviewed enough disappointing candidates
that I feel justified describing the things going through my mind when
making these kinds of decisions in the hope that I can help some people
out there improve their job-seeking techniques.
What you'll find here is a bunch of short essays on what I look for
when reading a resume, conducting an interview, and even calling
candidates on the telephone. Additionally, I'll typically provide a few
links to external references covering similar topics, and even provide
some references to some high-tech recruiting companies that may help find
you useful job leads.
Please let me know if you find this information useful; I'm happy to
read your feedback.
Disclaimer: The information I present is my
opinion, not intended to represent the rest of Microsoft or any other
company for that matter. Everything I provide reflects the attitudes of
one technical lead, and no one else. Feel free to take or leave any advice
you find here. Make your own decisions.
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