Land Your Dream Drupal Job. Guaranteed
I will be hosting this session on Sunday morning at 11:00 AM.
I am prepared to host a “session” (I may be able to do the same session both days if there is enough demand for it) at camp. I could do one on Saturday any time from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM or on Sunday between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
The title of this proposed session is “How to land your Dream Drupal Job. Guaranteed…”
I know that there are lots of companies that “present” something like: “Our company is hiring Drupal people…”, but this is not that kind of session.
What this session will cover (if there is demand for it) is a step-by-step practical guide to getting a development position that is the best fit for the developer, with an emphasis on some of the considerations that are important for, and often overlooked by, Drupal developers. I will reserve time at the end of the session for questions (and answers).
A little about me:
Over the past ten months I have personally read over 400 resumes, conducted a large number of phone-interviews and face-to-face interviews, and hired 14 Developers to work with our company. And though our company is growing rapidly, and we are actively looking to hire up to six more developers for full-time permanent postions by the end of September, this session WILL NOT be a “Why you should work for our company” speech.
Last week I had the pleasure of being invited by organizers from LAPHP to sit on a panel at an upcomming meetup, to discuss and answer questions from the LAPHP community about “what differentiates a great developer from an average one and what beginner and intermediate level developers should do and learn in order to grow to more senior positions.”, and that’s what gave me the idea to host this session at camp.
Drupal, with the help of the Greater Los Angeles Drupal Community has helped us significantly advance the development of our project, and I’ve been looking for a way to make a meaningful contribution back to the Drupal community. So in addition to sponsoring Drupal Camp L.A., I’m offering to share a few insights about the specific attributes/traits “companies” are looking for in a “developer”. The session will focus on the Drupal developer, but significant portions will easily be applicable to other web professionals looking to “get hired”. I will share several valuable tips about how to get a company to actually read your resume and pay attention to what’s in it, what to say in the interview, and a few other “help me land a great job” tips that Drupalers in particular may appreciate hearing from a “hiring company’s” point-of-view.
On Wednesday evening, I discussed my idea for the talk and shared a quick outline with a veteran presenter; he said he thought it would be a popular session, and he wished I’d signed-up for it a lot earlier. (I’ll include his name if he tells me it’s okay.)