Resume Writing: Accomplishments, not Responsibilities

January 4th, 2013 by Lynx, Inc.

I read a LOT of resumes, and they’re easily divided into two types: those that aren’t much more than a laundry list of someone’s job duties or responsibilities, and those which paint a compelling picture of a track record of accomplishments.

What’s the difference, and how can you use this distinction to craft a better resume?

When you’re reviewing your own resume, look carefully at each bullet point (you are using well-written bullet points to make it easier to read, aren’t you?) Is each point Read the rest of this entry »

Why We Interview Candidates Face to Face at Lynx

May 31st, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

Ever since we started Lynx, we’ve made it a core operating principle that, whenever possible, we conduct our interviews with candidates face-to-face, in person. Many other recruiting firms don’t do this, and we sometimes will get pushback from potential candidates along the lines of, “Why do I need to come in and meet with you? Other agencies aren’t making me do this, and they’re getting me interviews.” It’s a fair question. Read the rest of this entry »

Software Interview (with apologies to Mad Libs)

April 12th, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

My family loves to do Mad Libs. If you’ve never tried one of these, I encourage you to visit www.madlibs.com and check them out. They’re a lot of fun.

I hereby offer my own humble version, based on my years of experience arranging interviews for software engineers. If you use this, I can’t guarantee success on your next interview, but at least you’ll make a unique impression!

“My Software Interview”

Thank you for having me here today to meet with your ______________ (adjective) Read the rest of this entry »

Short-Term Job: Leave it off My Resume?

April 4th, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

Software engineers, by the very dynamic nature of the industry in which they work in, sometimes end up looking for a new job only a month or two after beginning their last one. Perhaps they made a mistake and only realized it after they started. Perhaps, after the fact, there was a change in the position, responsibilities, employer or the new company’s fortunes changed quickly and a layoff occurred. Whatever the reason, it’s not an ideal situation, and candidates often ask if they should even list such a position on their resume. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview Preparation –“What makes you a more valuable candidate?”

February 6th, 2012 by Sophia Navickas

I am often asked to prepare people for interviews. There are many sources of the basics which are important but let’s get down to some specifics as they relate to software related recruiting.

Spend time thinking about the position you are interviewing for and what unique skills you bring to the table to address the needs of the client company. This is where you have a chance to talk about what goes beyond your resume. Believe it or not, strong technical applicants can look remarkably similar on paper. It’s the person you are and the value you bring that makes you stand out. Read the rest of this entry »

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