I've been interviewing for a position at my company for a few weeks now and I can't help but notice how frequently some (what I would assume) basic concepts of getting a job are completely ignored. I was recently browsing social media when I came across someone complaining about the difficulty of finding a job. Their gripe with the process was someone telling them to try harder. The person argued, "How do I try harder? Do I type my resume harder? Do I hit submit harder? etc." It made me chuckle. This sparked a response where I decided to write a quick guide on landing a job. Let's start with the resume:
- Use proper grammar. This should be obvious, but apparently it isn't.
- When writing your job experience, talk about your accomplishments using keywords: "Created.." or "Designed..." or "Implemented..."
- Keep your accomplishments short. I don't have the time to read paragraphs.
- Be specific if you can. Writing"Created a distribution report for management" isn't interesting. What is interesting, though, is if you write something like "Created a distribution report that reduced costs by $30,000 per month by exposing overpriced product purchases."
- Keep it at two pages MAX. Even if you have 30 years of experience, you don't have to talk about every job. I want to know about your most recent experience. Your older jobs will be brought up in the interview should you get one.
- Write a cover letter that is tailored for the position. I've seen everything from a full page to a few sentences. Regardless, it shows me you're more interested than the majority of candidates who don't write one at all.
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My article relating to Peer-to-Peer Lending is one of my most popular articles with over 6,000 visits. I think that's a rather huge accomplishment for a personal website with no desire to publically broadcast. One of the items I talk about later in the article is how to reduce risk while increasing rewards. Using backtracked data that spans billions of dollars, I decided to test out a few algorithms that could potentially maximize my return interest.
After testing these algorithms for over a year, I was astonished at the results. I'll share these in a moment. I thought to myself, "what if I can share this with the world?" It was a unique challenge for me. I knew that Lending Club offered API, as I discussed in the aforementioned article. What I wanted to know was whether or not it was possible to interact with other people's accounts and share the same algorithm using that same API. It was. While challenging at times, I believe my efforts were worth it.
I came across an interesting scenario today while I was building an application that required me opening a file, reading it line by line, and importing it into a dataset. The reason this was an interesting scenario is because there is data that belongs to a specific identifier on different lines.
My immediate reaction was to read the data line by line through Streamreader. However, I discovered that only certain data would get entered. While Streamreader works extremely well for loading an entire file, it doesn't work quite well if you need to read each line individually. It was skipping lines as it read the file.