1 Million Cups: An Introduction to New Companies in the Colorado Technology Market

1MC_LogoAttending my first 1 Million Cups event last June, I had no idea what I was signing up for. But, inspired by their tradition of asking every single presenter, “what can we do to help you,” I knew I needed to be a part of it.

1 Million Cups started in 2011 in Kansas City, MO by the Kauffman Foundation with the premise that they wanted to build a local entrepreneurial community. They decided that it would take (at least) 1 Million Cups of coffee to do that. Less than two years later they are now in 65+ cities, including the Colorado technology market! Continue reading

EdgeLink Conducts Student Mock Interviews at Epicodus

EpicodusEdgeLink regularly encourages its employees to get involved in the local community, so when I first heard about an opportunity to conduct mock interviews at Epicodus, I jumped at the chance to volunteer.

Located in Portland, Oregon, Epicodus offers a four-month, hands-on course on programming. Class instructors immerse students in a number of cutting-edge programming languages, with the goal of graduating fully-fledged, ready-to-work programmers and developers. Continue reading

Is Your Recruiter is Really Working for You?

 

Target with Arrowsby Justin Brewington, Technical Recruiter – Direct-Hire Services

 

In our previous blog article, “How to Find a Good Recruiter: Six Useful Questions to Ask,” EdgeLink Technical Recruiter, John Kahlil Somera explained the process of identifying and qualifying a recruiter from a job seeker’s perspective.  I would like to expand on the topic by asking, “once you have found a great recruiter, what’s next?  How do you ensure your relationship is a productive one?” Continue reading

Should Cover Letters Be Short? Short Answer: Yes!


I just received a two-page cover letter written in a very small font. It is 472 words long; made up of 6,613 characters, 17 paragraphs and 82 lines. You get the idea… It was too long!

 

Dear Job Seeker,

I can understand how you might be eager to share with me the extent of your vast and valuable experience, but for a minute, before you compose your introduction letter, think of the person tasked with reviewing your resume; I am busy, swamped with more than just cover letters and resumes to read. I want it simple, to the point, concise.

If you aim to create an application to that gets attention instead of one that gets immediately deleted or becomes the object of procrastination (until it sinks to the bottom of a hiring manager’s inbox), then please, KISS (Keep It Short, Silly.) Think of the most compelling reasons why you think you would be an ideal match for an employers need. Draw parallels between the job description and your relevant skills and achievements. Make it brief and compelling. When in doubt, try bullet points!

Please save the rest for an interview setting. If you truly have the chops, your previous titles, qualifications and accomplishments will shine through on your resume (and of course, remember to keep that relevant and concise too!

Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.

Sincerely,

A Concerned and Exasperated Resume Reviewer at EdgeLink