08 February 2006

Misc: Dull, dull, dull job applications

Graduates, take pity on the poor sod (like me) who has to read your applications looking for that handful of interesting candidates to interview. I've just read 50+ applications and resumes (and read another 50+ late last year) and almost without exception, they were dull, dull, dull. Anyone who did something out of the ordinary automatically jumped to the head of my list. Where are the innovative final year projects? Don't you take any difficult units? Just for computer science, I didn't find anyone who studied compilers, computer architecture, mathematical logic, computability or information theory, who implemented a game or a utility, contributed to an open source project, wrote an FAQ or even has a Web site!

Corollary: Don't write rubbish. Interesting doesn't mean you have carte blanche to write whatever rubbish comes to mind. If you claim to be an expert in Babbage difference engines (or more prosaically, C++ or SQL), you'll be certain that we'll find someone to ask you about your expertise.

If you want to be taken seriously, you have to rise above the ordinary graduate who only did the required units.