Saturday, August 6, 2016

What should be included in a professional personal webpage.

What should be included in a professional personal webpage.

It should be a name card listing all your professional profile and records that give you extra credibility in your abilities that you want to emphasize.

LinkedIn : Probably the primary thing that you want potential recruiter/ employer know about you -- your education, experience, skills, etc.

Google Plus : This demonstrate your personal side in the bright way. Your bloggers, you tube channel, friend circles. Your activities are usually more 'appropriate' here as far as your potential employer/ coworker is concerned.

Skype: A much more enjoyable and intimate way of modern day communication, where the conversations don't get reduced to a emoji or one sentence. And there's no 'Facebook friend' that you barely know. It is the only way you talk to people you really intellectually and  emotionally linked with even though they are half a planet away.

For Programers :

GitHub : Undoubtedly the major hub of all coders. It demonstrates your contributions to the team, your talents,  and your work portfolio is a way that there's no room for bragging or humbling. The evidences speaks for themselves.

Stack overflow : Yes, programers have to do volunteering work as well. It shows that you are not a egoistic jerk or coding machine but a amicable person with a big heart. This is where you earn your respect from your peers.

Research Gate:  Where your publication can be inspected and where your collaborators can be seen. It shows explicitly your standing in the field. However, lots of excellent scholars don't use this kind of social network. So this is the best of entry level researcher to build their connections.

For Students :

DropBox : Where you share your common interests, school work, study material, or your secret project.

Do recruiter read cover letters ?

Bas Grasmayerled and built up a team for a music tech startup.
I can answer from the perspective of someone who built up a team of 40 at a startup.

To me, cover letters are important, because I'm trying to build a team, not a set of replaceable individuals. A CV tells me nothing about personality, interest or motivation. It's just experience and perhaps achievements (if done properly). Therefore, I'd always look in the cover letter for those points. A good cover letter almost always led to an invitation to a job interview, even if I was still a little bit unsure of the experience listed in the CV.

Here are some DO's and DON'T's.

  • Indicate clear interest in the company and the job. Display familiarity with both. This helps anyone building up a team understand that you're motivated.
  • Show motivation! Help me understand what drives you, how this fits into what you want to do. Demotivation in one person can drag a whole team down, so it's important for me to understand your motives.
  • Describe your qualities in a way that I wouldn't be able to glean from your CV... Else you're using my limited time to tell me the same thing twice.
  • Differentiate! Help me to understand why you're different from other people. Read some bios of people on LinkedIn to help you understand how to avoid saying the same thing as others, words like "creative", "self-motivated", or "team player" are unimpressive at best and have an adverse effect at worst.
  • Try to understand the type of personalities in a company, and adjust tone accordingly. This is a little bit like dressing up for a job interview. Don't be overly formal with a music startup ;-)
  • Keep it concise. No more than 3 paragraphs. Remove anything that's not absolutely necessary in this very first impression. Your goal is to get invited, not acquainted. The latter will happen in the interview process.

  • Attach your cover letter. Put it in the email body. If you put it as an attachment, I might just look at your CV and skip the cover letter. I really don't understand people who attach their cover letters...
  • Place your future bosses too high above you. Try to address them almost like equals. You might still be just at the start of your career, but show confidence in the fact that one day, you could be in their seat in some other company (if you're reading Quora, there's a good chance you will). Disclaimer! I've lived in different countries and this is culturally specific. This works well in companies with a modern Western mentality... In a company with a more oldschool mentality, this might not go over so well.
  • Place yourself above potential future bosses. Then you're just being a dick and I won't want to work with you. Go start your own company or go work in some oldschool company where such attitudes belong.
  • Leave the email body blank. Nor the subject line. Else I won't even understand what you're applying for... Or if you care at all. This happens more often than you'd think. About 20-30% of the applications I got had less than 20 words in the body.
  • Copy + paste the same cover letter over and over. We can tell. At least adjust the part where you show interest and motivation. Show that you care.