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3 Things Recruiters + Hiring Managers Want You to Know

Whether you're unemployed, contemplating leaving the "devil you know" for a better fit, or simply curious about what else might be out there, there's no doubt that it's a daunting time to be looking for a job.


To help make your search a little less overwhelming, we went straight to the source and asked recruiters and hiring managers at our partner companies to share their top application and interview tips. From what to include on your resume to deciding whether or not to apply, here are three tips to keep in mind throughout your job search!

(And be sure to check out the full videos for more tips AND some behind-the-scenes information on the application process at their companies.)

1. Focus  your resume on "whys" and output — not tasks

Caitlyn Campbell, Director of Product at Clyde, likes to see resumes that show not just what you did, but why and how you did it — and what it produced. Try swapping "Prepared and sent daily newsletters" for "grew newsletter engagement by 40% over three months by A/B testing new subject lines."

2. Look up your interviewer in advance—and prep specific questions for that person!

Invited to an interview? Great. Now it's time to do your homework, says Michelle Baker, technical recruiter at Surescripts. Make sure you go in armed with information not just about the company, but your interviewer as well!

3. If you're interested in a role/company, submit your resume even if your skills don't perfectly match those listed in the job description!

Netta Bob, a recruiter at DigitalOcean, is here to remind you that hiring managers don't always know exactly what (or who) they want... so if you're interested in a role, go ahead and apply, even if you're not sure if you're a perfect fit! You just may make the hiring manager realize that you're exactly who they're looking for.

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How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.

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5 Things All Product Managers Should Do for Their Engineers (And Vice Versa)

Tips from SeatGeek's Anuja Chavan

When Anuja Chaven turns on a fan in her house in Jersey City, she can't help but think about how every piece of it works.

"There are an extensive amount of things that have to go perfectly at the same time," says the former engineer (and current product manager at live event ticketing platform SeatGeek).

It was that interest in understanding how things actually worked that drove Anuja to study engineering—first electrical, during her undergrad in India, and then computer science, during her master's program in the U.S.

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The Secrets to Balancing Work and Family Life

3 Pieces of Advice from Working Moms at Pluralsight

Being fully committed to work and family is a challenge that many working parents have to take on. It can be exhausting and thankless pursuing a fulfilling full-time career, while taking an active role as a parent. Achieving a healthy balance can help keep you motivated and productive at work, while allowing you to be fully present when you're home.

We recently chatted with working moms at technology skills platform, Pluralsight, about their best advice for striking that elusive work-life balance. Here were their key points:

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How to Make the Most of Being on a Growing Team: 3 Tips from Plex’s Adriana Bosinceanu

When the startup Adriana Bosinceanu was working for got acquired, things changed fast.

She went from being one of eight engineers on a small team building a streaming service to joining a company that was five times larger and had a much bigger scope.

That company was Plex, where Adriana has been working remotely as a software engineer for the last four and a half years.

As her team grew from two people to ten, Adriana decided to lean into the opportunity to grow; along the way, she found herself deepening her technical skills, her self-confidence, and her relationships. We sat down with Adriana to learn exactly how she did that, and to hear the tips she has for other engineers experiencing growth opportunities on their team.

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What These Companies Are Doing to Celebrate Juneteenth 2021

*Updated on June 17th, 2021 to reflect Juneteenth officially being named a Federal Holiday in the U.S.*

Juneteenth has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s, but in recent years (particularly in response to global protests over police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and other Black Americans), there has been a surge in interest in the day that celebrates freedom.

Before it became an official federal holiday, many businesses shifted toward marking June 19th as an annual company holiday, creating different initiatives around the holiday and offering employees opportunities to learn, reflect, and take action toward racial equality.

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