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Agenda – Finding a New Gig
Example of a Bad Resume
Software Professional, having over 6 years of hands on experience in various SDLC levels of Application Development.
Strong programming skills in Java, Multi-threaded applications and J2EE technologies.
Expertise in architecture/application development utilizing J2EE based technologies, such as Jakarta Struts 1.2, EJB 2.1, Spring 2.5, Servlets 2.1, JSP, JDBC, XML,
JMS, CORBA, Swing, Paypal Integration, Jasper Reports, Hibernate 3.2, Web Services, and SOA.
Experience in MVC (Model View Controller) architecture with Struts framework and J2EE design patterns.
Proficient in writing and deploying Enterprise Beans (EJB 2.1) viz. Entity Beans & Session Beans.
Experience in XML for data parsing using JAXP (DOM and SAX) as well as coming up with the schemas.
Extensively worked with Relational Databases MS-SQL Server 2005 /2000, MySQL 5.0, Oracle 10g/9i/8i, DB2 v8.0, Informix 9.0, and MS Access 2000.
Specialized in using IDEs like Eclipse 3.0, and IBM Rational Application Developer 6.0, WSAD 5.0, My Eclipse 6.5
Worked on application servers and web servers like Apache Tomcat 5.x, BEA Web Logic 8.1/7.0, IBM WebSphere 6.1/5.0 and JBoss 4.1/3.2
Good knowledge on OSS Architecture, IP Routing, IP Performance Management, and System Engineering.
Experience in Managing build files using ANT and logging using Java Logging using Log4j and used Subversion as version control system.
Schedule tasks on a daily/weekly basis. Involving coding and design efforts and integration and customization of the application and databases.
Excellent communication skills, creative problem solver, positive listener and team player.
Functionally proficient in performing business process analysis, gathering and analyzing requirements, creating design specifications, unit test plans and system test
plans, testing, development, and production support.
Technically proficient in module development and upgrades based on organizational needs.
B.S in computer science Engineering 2002, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Operating Systems: Windows 98/NT/2000/XP, UNIX
Languages: Java, J2EE (Servlets, JDBC, EJB2.1, Java Beans, JNDI), RMI, XML, C and C++, SQL, PL/SQL, JUnit 3.8, Swing,
WebServices (SOAP, WSDL), and Hibernate 3.2, SOA, JMS, Jasper Reports, Spring 2.5, CORBA, Shell Scripting.
Databases: MS-SQL Server 2005/2000, MySQL 5.0, Oracle 10g/9i/8i, DB2 v8.0, and MS Access 2000, Informix 9.0
Web/Application Servers: IBM WebSphere 5.0/6.0,BEA WebLogic 8.1/7.0, Tomcat 5.x, and JBoss 4.1
Web technologies: Java Server Pages (JSP), HTML, DHTML, Java Script, AJAX, PERL
IDEs: Eclipse 3.0, WSAD 5.0, IBM RAD 6.0, My Eclipse 6.5
Others: Rational Rose, UML, ANT, MAVEN, Agile Methodology, Apache Axis v1.3, CVS, Subversion, MQ-Series, Paypal Integration, MS-Visio
Example of a Good Resume
Paint Shop Pro 8
• Creative and artistic Web/Flash Developer at a Fortune 20 company.
• Former entrepreneur of an online based ecommerce business.
• Extremely motivated and dependable with exceptional leadership attributes.
• Highly trained in achieving goals within a team environment.
9/07-Present: Dedicated Technologies / Cardinal Health,
• Develop & rebuild microsites of cardinalhealth.com
• Construct promotional and interactive experiences
• Flash & ActionScript
• Email marketing/newsletters using Responsys
• Use AccVerify to improve quality, accessibility, and usability of
• the public site to improve its SiteMorse compliance ranking.
• Create web ads using HTML and Fireworks
• Build websites that follow Cardinal Health’s branding guidelines
• Work with clients to transform ideas into web applications
5/07-Present: Freelance, Web/Flash Developer
• Create dynamic websites and interactive applications using:
Phrases better left out
Note: Please don’t misconstrue my 14 jobs
as job-hopping. I have never quit a job.
Reason for leaving last job: They insisted
that all employees get to work by 8:45 every
morning. Could not work under those
I have a bachelorette degree in computers.
Failed Sun certification exam with relatively
So you’ve been
invited to interview.
What do you do
Hiring managers hire
people that they like.
Can we talk?
What were your vocational plans while in
If they are different now, what changed your
way of thinking?
Tell me about the last time you failed to
complete an assigned task within the
What obstacles did you face?
How did you overcome them?
Goals / Motivation
What factors do you believe have
contributed most to the success you have
achieved so far in your career?
What was the most valuable experience you
obtained from your job at XYZ
How could that be of value to our company?
Attitude / Performance
Describe the most effective supervisor
What were their strengths?
What were their limitations?
Have you ever had to deal with a difficult
My BIGGEST pet
“No, I think you’ve
all the questions
that I had.”
Top 10 reasons for a manager not hiring
a technically qualified person
1. Didn’t ask questions
2. Condemnation of past employer
3. Inability to take criticism
4. Poor personal appearance
5. Indecisive, cynical, lazy
6. Overbearing, “know-it-all”
7. Late to interview
8. Failure to look at interviewer during interview
9. Unable to express self clearly
10. Over emphasis on money
Suggested questions to ask:
What are the day-to-day responsibilities
I’ll be assigned?
Is this a new position? If not, would you
describe for me the actions of a person
who previously achieved success in this
What personal qualities or characteristics
do you most value?
Suggested questions to ask:
By what criteria will you select the person for
Now that we’ve talked about my
qualifications, do you have any concerns
about me fulfilling the responsibilities of this
What’s the next step in the selection
Questions better left unasked:
What are your psychiatric benefits?
How do you define sexual harassment?
How many warnings do you get before
you get fired?
I suppose that everyone has had the urge
to kill someone in a drunken rage, right?