Would You Hire Me if I Didn’t Have a Degree

Any hiring manager has to decide how she feels about college degrees. Is it a must? Nice to have? Irrelevant? It comes up in conversation. You have to decide whether it influences your hiring decisions.

Applicants want to know, too. Should I stick it out in college? Should I change my degree from psychology to CS? (I know an intern now facing that kind of question.)

I interviewed an applicant a couple of weeks ago on a university campus and he wrote to ask me about college degrees.

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Your Resume: JavaScript is Not an Also-Ran

Somewhere Java managers are reviewing resumes. One says to the other:

This guy doesn’t look strong enough technically to be a back-end engineer. But hey! I notice he lists html, css, and JavaScript on his resume. Send him to Tyler. He’d probably be a good Web Developer.

There is so much wrong with this. I’ll just talk about the part you need to pay attention to as a job applicant: the web standards trifecta.

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