Dubstarts Tips and Lessons Learned

This was the first jobs fair I have been at where I wasn’t the person looking for the job.  For the first time, I was looking for people to join the team.  There were definitely some things that really stuck out at me though and made me question my own methods when I had attended other fairs.  So here are some of the take away points of information from the fair that really stuck with me.   CV’s I could probably give this a blog post on its own, but here are some pointers. Yes we are a digital startup and yes we all use LinkedIn but please bring a CV with you.  If you don’t have a CV I will probably have forgotten you by the time you send me an email the next day. On that take a look at your CV, if you are a developer I want to see what languages you are comfortable with.  That should be top of the page; I really shouldn’t have to dissect paragraphs of information to get find it. If you have worked on an interesting project, I will probably want to see that before seeing what college you go/went to. Unlike this blog, keep it concise. Two pages max.  If you have more to show us give us a link to your online work. A business card is not a CV. And this is a new one to me but it was so useful.  Pictures.  Put your picture on your CV.  It makes it so much easier to remember who you are and what we talked about at...
Dubstarts

Dubstarts

Banner: Check.  Demo: Check.  Sweets: Check.  Yep we are definitely ready for DubStarts.  So for those that don’t know, DubStarts is a recruiting fair for the start-up community to get quick access to the brightest folk out of college. The queue to get into the Button Factory stretched out onto Dame Street, this was definitely going to be a busy night. VisiLit pitched its stall and waited for the influx.  It was a pretty slow trickle at first but very quickly it began to pick up. Once we settled into the process of meeting people and talking to people, it was really nice to hear every-so-often “I saw VisiLit online and thought it looked really cool”.   The range of people there were hugely impressive.  Software Engineers, Designers, Accountants, Sales and Marketing people.  Every profession seemed to be represented.  One of the aspects that struck me was the quality of candidates.  If we had the resources we probably would have hired most of the people we talked to. It was one of the most intense things that James, Vince or I have done.  By the end of the night we had chatted to hundreds of people.  And were handed plenty of CV’s for us to debate over for the next few days....