|Mad scientists still count|
as "skilled workers".
- volunteered with The Perl Foundation, a non-profit organization
- spoke at conferences
- wrote articles for web sites
- wrote a Beginning Perl book (this is new, to be honest)
- and coauthored a book: Perl Hacks: Tips & Tools for Programming, Debugging, and Surviving
|Don't forget why|
you're doing this!
Photo by Paul Falardeau
Let me repeat that: have something on there that other applicants don't. In fact, have several somethings. I have an entire section entitled "Notable Publications" and I have other accomplishments in another section. My résumé gets noticed.
And try to make it relevant to your career. If you're a jet mechanic, volunteering at a homeless shelter is nice, but if you're trying to get a job as a volunteer coordinator, it's a lot nicer. Anything which is both positive and career-related should show up on that résumé, particularly if it's something other applicants won't have (at the same time, a 37 page résumé is going straight into the trash after everyone laughs at it).
While you're at it, have your friends Google you — and read your résumé/CV — to look for things that you'll miss. You can't afford to screw up here. A single misspelled word may be quietly killing your dreams.
Also, throw a "go away" party with them. You'll just sit around and get stupidly drunk (or whatever it is that you do) and brainstorm ideas for things you can get on your CV (failing that, ask reddit!) Get those creative juices flowing so you can figure out how to make this work.
Overview of Part 2
The first part of getting that job overseas is all about you. It's laying a solid foundation.
- Count von Europe (listed in part 1)
- Get your papers in order (listed in part 1)
- Have several unique things on your résumé
- Google yourself
- Get help from your friends
Tomorrow we'll talk about the job hunt and applying.
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