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Recruiter Mike Torres shares Job-Search Strategies and Secrets

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I haven't had great luck with recruiters. Neither has Eddie.

When we were brand-new, we emailed and handed out resumes to a bunch of recruiters and never heard from them again.

So we were pretty sour on them right off-the-bat.

Six months into our careers, our linkedin's started blowing up with low-effort recruiter spam advertising Java positions. (We know JavaScript ๐Ÿ™„)

When a recruiter wanted to come on the show, my first thought was, "Oh boy. What's this guy selling?"

Turns out Mike Torres wants to be a developer himself. He wants to share his experience so he can help out the community. Check out what he has to say on this week's episode!


Show Notes:

  • 2:20 - How did Mike become a recruiter?
  • 3:26 - Lee and Eddie's experience with recruiters
  • 5:08 - What does a recruiter do day-to-day?
  • 7:44 - What happens after speaking to a recruiter

    • How to get a job as a junior dev
  • 10:23 - Emailing hiring managers directly
  • 11:45 - Should you bother talking to recruiters as a junior?
  • 13:32 - What is the candidate screening process like?
  • 17:06 - How to prepare your resume
  • 19:54 - What languages are popular in Orlando?
  • 23:03 - How to make your resume standout and beat the automated filters
  • 27:50 - How to be successful when working with a recruiter
  • 31:25 - How do you vet a NodeJS applicant?
  • 33:42 - "Culture Fit"
  • 35:42 - How much experience do you really need?
  • 39:32 - Job Hopping
  • 42:10 - Contract-to-perm, Contract-to-hire
  • 44:45 - Tips for breaking into the industry
  • 47:46 - What if you have 0 relevant experience?

    • Age Bias
  • 50:57 - What if you do have experience?
  • 52:25 - Which recruiters should you respond to?
  • 58:44 - Negotiating Salary
  • 1:01:58 - Building your brand
  • Get in touch with Mike

    • Email
    • @Michael Torres on slack
    • Mike is also speaking on Sept 12th at
  • 1:07:18 - Nerd Minute!

    • Final Fantasy 5/6 (Mike has impeccable taste in retro games)
    • DigDug?
    • Contra
    • Battle Angel Alita
    • Top Gun Sequel - Trailer

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