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It’s Monday. You should update your resume (especially to deal with bad AI) and your LinkedIn too


It’s Monday. End of Summer. There are many things you could be doing in the last quarter of the year. One of them should be updating your resume, regardless of whether or not you are looking for a job.

A challenge with updating your resume these days is running into AI that filters you out for jobs you are applying for. To see what I mean, check this out. How to find a job and make your search for work less terrible – Vox. Some of that I disagree with but I found these two suggestions helpful:

Don’t leave off skills, even if they seem basic. Are you proficient at Excel? List it. “Your odds of getting an interview and a job if you have a facility with Microsoft Office goes up hugely,” Fuller said.

Don’t leave unexplained gaps. If you took a year off to write the Great American Novel, say so. Otherwise, it will look like you were doing nothing, and you might be screened out.

After you update your resume, make sure your LinkedIn is up to date and consistent with your resume. If you say you have five years experience doing XYZ and XYZ does not show up on your LinkedIn, employers will wonder why. So be consistent.

Good news. No one wants to become a Wall Street banker anymore


That may seem snarky, but it’s true. Despite efforts by firms like JPMorgan hiking entry-level pay, it remains to be seen if it will be enough to attract young people to come and work with them. It’s true, many are not attracted to the extreme hours required to do the job. It’s more than that, though. As Bloomberg argues, the real reason

… isn’t only the hours. All the exciting work has been regulated within an inch of its life, leaving millennials and Gen-Z employees searching elsewhere.

And that is great news. It means regulation of banks is working. Sure the work is boring. Boring banking is stable banking. After the Great Recession of 2008, the last thing we need for a long time (i.e. eternity) is exciting banks.

Let the young people looking for exciting careers look elsewhere. Let them go join firms and fight climate change, pandemics, world inequality. Leave the people looking for stable jobs to go into banking. Everyone wins that way. Even the banks. (Ask the people who used to work at Lehmans if you disagree.)

(Photo by Sean Driscoll on Unsplash )

Developers and IT people: you need to have more than a good resume/CV

If you are a software developer or someone working in IT, you need to consider having more than a good resume or CV. You should consider having:

  1. an up to date profile in LinkedIn
  2. a professional web site (at least a one pager). It could be a blog, or an about.me page…something that provides information about yourself in a summary form.
  3. some repositories on github showing your work or an example of what you can do.

If you use github.io to host your professional web site, you get to cross off #2 and #3 with one effort.

I was reminded of this when I went to check out this page: DevProgress Tech Volunteer Questionnaire. You can see them asking for this information. It makes sense: if you are looking to hire a developer, it would be great to see not just what people are saying about them on LinkedIn, but what their code looks like too.

For some employees, putting code on github may not be an option. In that case focus on the first two and have a page somewhere on the web that discusses why you can’t host code there.