Shelley Karpaty has worked as a high-profile Silicon Valley recruiter – and worked with me at a cybersecurity firm awhile back! She bases her philosophy on the Sanskrit root for yoga, which means to add, join, unite, or attach. She works to find your passion, help you package it, and unite you with a company that values your skills.
With over 20 years experience in Silicon Valley, she has worked with top talent at Sun Microsystems, Brocade, Motorola, Silver Spring Networks and Peet’s Coffee and Tea, to name a few, reviewing hundreds of resumes. My experience with Shelley is she enjoys helping people highlight their unique skills to best represent their professional brand. Guiding people to their next career endeavor whether you are experienced or new to the workforce, she’s here to support you.
Putting Your Best Foot Forward
Here’s a quick list of the tips Shelley shared on the broadcast.
- Make sure the job listing is actually active. Three are lots of “evergreen” job posts out there designed to generate a steady flow of resumes. It doesn’t mean people are actually hiring.
- Network to get your resume to the top of the pile. The candidates who are seen are those that comes via referral.
- Use LinkedIn to find a friend who works there or a friend of a friend. Do what you can to get your resume delivered by someone with an “in”.
- Use your resume to demonstrate how you will solve the employer’s problem(s). I talked about this in Ep 15. Take a look.
- Follow-up. You can ask for the job – graciously – during the interview if things go well. You can also follow-up and remind the recruiter you’re interested.
- Send thank yous – emails are fine, written thank yous (if you move quickly) are delightful.