Hacks for Getting Hired


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HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED GENERAL ASSEMBLY


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WHAT IS GENERAL ASSEMBLY? HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED GENERAL ASSEMBLY


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Who Am I? Sam Hepburn Partnerships Lead @ General Assembly London How to get in touch with me: Email: [email protected] Twitter: @SammyHep Founder: Non Technical Women in Tech Organiser: Find a Tech Job in London Organiser: London Startup Jobs 3 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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WHAT’S MY STORY? MY PAST LIFE South Africa Hospitality Finance 4 LONDON LIFE MY BIG BREAK GA MORE LOVE technology Not a dev :( Tech communities Java, graduates, CTOs and front end tech Career coaching community management More Communities HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED FATJIL London Startup Jobs NTWnTech


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WHAT DO COMPANIES WANT? HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED GENERAL ASSEMBLY


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What do they want? People fired up about what you are doing 6 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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What do they want? People who can adapt and want to be ridiculously successful 7 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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What do they want? People who are in it for the long haul 8 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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What do they want? People who add something different to the team 9 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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What do they want? PASSION AND DETERMINATION ARE TWO OF THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITIES FOR THE SUCCESS OF THE COMPANY. 10 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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BEFORE YOU GET STARTED HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED GENERAL ASSEMBLY


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BEFORE YOU GET STARTED In order to set you up for success, you will need the following: CV! 12 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED DIGITAL PRESENCE (GITHUB + LINKEDIN) PROFESSIONAL PROJECT/ PORTFOLIO JOB TRACKER


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LETS TALK ABOUT CV’ZZZZZ HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED GENERAL ASSEMBLY


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3 Universal Truths! THERE’S NO ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL CV TEMPLATE ‣ Your CV should look different from your best friends CV. ‣ Your CV will look widely different in format and structure over time. YOUR CV IS A PERSONAL MARKETING PACKAGE ‣ Your audience matters! ‣ You will likely have multiple versions of your CV ‣ The name of the game is RELEVANCE! YOUR CV WILL NOT GET YOU A JOB ‣ Getting a job comes down to networking and interviewing. ‣ Your resume is a supplemental tool; it can open (or close) doors, but you need to walk through them. 14 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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Creative Examples LET’S PUTH THE BOUNDARIES OF CONVENTIONAL CV’S ‣The interactive resume of Robby Leonardi ‣Philippe Dubost’s Amaz’ing resume 15 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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Simple but effective 16 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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The Basics WHAT CONTENT SHOULD YOU INCLUDE? ‣ Name, phone, email, digital contact information ‣ Education ‣ Relevant experience, which can include: paid employment, internships, volunteer work, consulting projects. ‣ Relevant community organisations and involvement ‣ Relevant skills ‣ Relevant awards and achievements 17 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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The Basics DON’T DO THIS! ‣DON’T: Include a photo of yourself, your pet, or your significant other. ‣DON’T:Use unprofessional e-mail addresses ([email protected]). ‣DON’T:Include the reason for leaving a former job, salary, or supervisor’s name and contact details. ‣DON’T:Lie or fabricate job duties. ‣DON’T:Use subjective self-describers (“amazing interpersonal skills”). 18 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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Skills MAKE THIS CLEAR!!! ‣I KNOW THIS WELL… ‣IVE WORKED WITH… ‣IVE DABBLED WITH…. 19 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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FINDING THE PERFECT JOB HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED GENERAL ASSEMBLY


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TIP #1 There’s more than one way about it! 21 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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TIP #2 Know what’s important to you. Think SECTOR as much as COMPANY 22 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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SECTORS FINANCE TRAVEL FASHION MUSIC ‣ Transferwise ‣ CityMapper ‣ Editd ‣ Songkick ‣ GoCardless ‣ One Fine Stay ‣ Thread ‣ Sofar Sounds ‣ Crowdcube ‣ Secret Escapes ‣ Stylist Pick ‣ Mixlr ‣ DueDil ‣ Hailo ‣ Metail ‣ Mixcloud RETAIL AND SO SO MANY MORE! 23 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED ‣ Not on the High Street ‣ La Zook ‣ StreetHub


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SSSSHHHHH EVERYONE IS HIRING! HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED GENERAL ASSEMBLY


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Finding the roles CRUNCHBASE.COM ANGEL.CO TECHCITYNEWS.COM 25 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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Job boards a plenty! ‣ ESCAPE THE CITY ‣ TALENT ROCKET ‣ ANGEL LIST ‣ SILICON MILK ROUNDABOUT ‣ TECH CITY JOBS ‣ WORK IN STARTUPS ‣ HIRE MY FRIEND ‣ UNICORN HUNT ‣ DREAMSTAKE SKILLSWAP ‣ JOBPAGE ‣ ENTERNSHIPS 26 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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Job boards a plenty! ‣ ESCAPE THE CITY ‣ TALENT ROCKET ‣ ANGEL LIST ‣ SILICON MILK ROUNDABOUT ‣ TECH CITY JOBS ‣ WORK IN STARTUPS ‣ HIRE MY FRIEND ‣ UNICORN HUNT ‣ DREAMSTAKE SKILLSWAP ‣ JOBPAGE ‣ ENTERNSHIPS 27 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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TIP #3 Dont put all your hopes on your CV. 28 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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TWITTER Is great. ‣ Get the companies & staff in your newsfeed. ‣ Tweet. Don’t troll 29 PRESENTATION TITLE


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LINKEDIN Is better. ‣ Take pride in your skills, (and if you can) what you’re looking for ‣ Stalk the company, and the staff ‣ Send connection requests (but don’t leave them blank!) ‣ Get endorsed, recommended & intro’d. 30 PRESENTATION TITLE


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Make it easy to be found! Your LinkedIn Profile is your living resume: ‣ Strong headline and summary paragraph ‣ Make sure to get your own URL and make your profile public ‣ Good, professional photo ‣ Turn off notifications to your network (if you are currently working) ‣ Get a few recommendations ‣ Certifications, Groups Updated other accounts relative to role: i.e. Github, Pinterest, Youtube 31 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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Getting found for a role you don't want. ‣ Research the individual to see if any connections at another job ‣ Ask them if they know about anything more like “This role” or have contacts there ‣ Offer to put them in touch with individuals that might be a fit for the role if you know them or will reach out to them 32 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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How to find common connections Click on the job you’d like to apply to or company. 
 Linked in provides a people you know section for all employees at that company. 
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REFERRALS The Best. ‣ Do you know anyone that works there? ‣ Do you know anyone that knows anyone that works there? ‣ Do you know anyone that knows anyone that knows anyone that works there? 34 PRESENTATION TITLE


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TIP #4 people are better then job boards. 36 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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Tech Job events WHO WENT? 37 PRESENTATION TITLE


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Tech Job events 26TH NOV, WHO’S COMING? 38 PRESENTATION TITLE


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Networking events ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ MEETUP.COM STARTUP GRIND DON’T PITCH ME BRO GLUG LONDON - DESIGN AND CREATIVE CREATIVE BYTES DESIGN + BANTER - DESIGN LONDON TECHNOLOGY WEEK HACKER NEWS LONDON STARTUP WEEKEND SILICON DRINKABOUT 39 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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Networking events ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ MEETUP.COM STARTUP GRIND DON’T PITCH ME BRO GLUG LONDON - DESIGN AND CREATIVE CREATIVE BYTES DESIGN + BANTER - DESIGN LONDON TECHNOLOGY WEEK HACKER NEWS LONDON STARTUP WEEKEND SILICON DRINKABOUT 40 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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MEETUP.COM HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED GENERAL ASSEMBLY


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Networking events ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ MEETUP.COM STARTUP GRIND DON’T PITCH ME BRO GLUG LONDON - DESIGN AND CREATIVE CREATIVE BYTES DESIGN + BANTER - DESIGN LONDON TECHNOLOGY WEEK HACKER NEWS LONDON STARTUP WEEKEND SILICON DRINKABOUT 42 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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SILICON DRINK ABOUT HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED GENERAL ASSEMBLY


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Finding the perfect job - A few tips ‣ A lot like sales or dating – it’s a numbers game! ‣ People want to hire people they know or their network knows, especially true in startups. ‣ Employees who refer candidates get compensated for it 44 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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Sync up with London Newsletters ‣ GENERAL ASSEMBLY MAILING LIST ‣ 3 BEARDS ‣ ADA’S LIST - WOMEN IN TECH LISTSERV ‣ THE FETCH ‣ ESCAPE THE CITY ‣ STARTUP DIGEST ‣ TECH CITY NEWS ‣ THE DRUM ‣ 3460 MILES ‣ FACEBOOK GROUPS - LONDON STARTUPS, LONDON STARTUP EVENTS 45 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED GENERAL ASSEMBLY


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The Basics ‣ Keep it simple ‣ Something that isn’t on the resume or linkedin ‣ WHY them– what’s so special about this company ‣ WHY you are the best person for the specific job ‣ What else you’ll bring to the table ‣ Be Human! 48 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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Cover letter tips ‣ Send early in the day during the week (avoid your email getting buried) ‣ Use email tracking to identify if/when email is opened – you can then follow up shortly after or call (Yesware) ‣  Set a clear time and action for a next step. 
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Some of my mates sofia quintero Head of Growth at Geckoboard “In the job description, they said they were looking for a ‘Marketing Honeybadger’ ” ————————————————————————- 50 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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Some of my mates sofia quintero Head of Growth at Geckoboard 51 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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THE INTERVIEW 52 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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The Interview ‣ Preparing ‣ Answering Questions ‣ Asking Questions ‣ 
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Interview Prep ‣ Research the interviewer – it’s okay to stalk... ‣ Research the company – website, find out any press mentions of them, customer reviews, employee reviews. Glassdoor, Yelp, Twitter, blogs, etc. ‣ Show up early (5-10 minutes)! ‣ Come prepared with resume, set list of questions and way to take notes 54 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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When answering questions you can… ‣ Pause before giving an answer to a question ‣ Ask for a couple seconds to formulate your thoughts ‣ Ask to clarify the question, “If I’m hearing you clearly you asked...” ‣ In summary, does this answer the question for you? 55 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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Questions? HAVE STANDARD SET OF QUESTIONS (3-5) 56 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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My List ‣ Three months from now, how will you know this role has been a success? 6 months from now? ‣ When do you need to have someone in this role? ‣ What do you need help with now? ‣  What’s the best way to work with you? ‣ What is something you need on your team and don’t have yet? ‣ What is the process for hiring for this position? 
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After the interview Follow up 58 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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FOLLOW UP ‣ In my opinion the most important part of the process ‣ Always send a thank you email regardless of the outcome ‣ People get busy its ok to reminder them who you are ‣ Send presents?? ‣ See if they are going to any events you are. 59 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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TIP #5 Be a HUMAN! 60 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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THE OFFER 61 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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Offer Negotiation ‣ Let them provide the first number! ‣ If you cant give a range! ‣ Ask about equity (Startups) ‣ Ask when you can get something in writing ‣ Ask to meet the team! ‣ Ask for time to review the offer and see if you have any questions ‣ Sign and start! 62 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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IN SUMMARY ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ Know what you’re after Research is key Don’t just rely on your CV Get out there Know your value proposition Keep going! HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED GENERAL ASSEMBLY


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Thank you! Q&A Sam Hepburn Partnerships Lead @ General Assembly London How to get in touch with me: Email: [email protected] Twitter: @SammyHep Founder: Non Technical Women in Tech Organiser: Find a Tech Job in London Organiser: London Startup Jobs 64 HACKS FOR GETTING HIRED


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