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Session

Advice for Open Source Job Seekers
Andy Lester, Senior Programmer, Follett Library Resources
Bill Odom, President, The Perl Foundation

Track: Emerging Topics
Date: Thursday, July 29
Time: 11:35am - 12:20pm
Location: Salon E

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You don't have to live on the West coast to get a great job and still give back to the open source community. Unlearn the conventional wisdom that cripples most job hunters. Forget what you think you know about getting a great job.

This 45 minute interactive session is in three sections, with plenty of time for Q&A.

* Finding your job

The right job for you is out there. You just have to find it, or have it find you. Learn the right search techniques: Only 1% of jobs are filled through job boards!

Learn to grow and use your circle of contacts, including in the OS world, to help in your search. Take home techniques to find out about the company you're interested in: Google is only the start.

* Get an interview

A pretty resume is worthless if the hiring manager doesn't see what he needs. Using your Open Source background to get in the door. Find out what the manager wants. Learn how to read a job posting. Create a resume and online presence that lets potential employers know about you. Does your online footprint help or hinder you?

* Get the job

Learn the three crucial mistakes not to make in your interview. Find out how to turn the old-style Q&A interview into a working session to prove that you are the right candidate.


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