UCSC School of Engineering Seminar
Braden Carter / Tom M. Kroeger
Please note that this talk was tailored for the San Francisco Bay Area job market.
* Personal Background * high-tech for 6 years * 18 contracts in two years, thru 2 companies * with Excite@Home for last 3+ years * things I've learned: * helps to have a plan (not permanent) * choose your lifestyle * don't sell yourself short * be exactly who you are (humility, no ego) * things I've come to value: * excellent management * collaboration/teamwork * company recognition * location (commute/dining, ultimately lifestyle) * Lifestyle * work location, where living (willing to relocate?) * work hours and commute (contract or perm) * corporate culture (iview questions; why wake up?) * people-peers and management (playtime?) * vacation time (plan one before accepting an offer) * benefits-vacation, concierge, massage, education, meals, games/toys, health (medical-dental-vision), 401K (matching?), ESPP (public co. only) * quantify-how much $ to do it yourself (personal preference, anyway; money isn't everything!) * Career * know thyself (strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes) * structure vs. flexibility * permanent vs. contract * current skills/experience (capitalize and position) * career track/objective (prog/qa/dba/sys admin) * pers. goals and prof. vision (think 2-3 years out) * evaluate companies on their ability to fulfill dreams * Companies * public or private (established or startup; can determine flexibility-hours, roles, growth) * industry recognition * career goals and positioning (technologies) * training and mentorship * (people and benefits; adding it up...) * Compensation / Understanding Offers * salary survey (salary + stock, typically) * performance-based rewards (stock grant/bonus) * 6-month / yearly reviews * profit-sharing vs. stock ($ now or in the future) * basic stock summary: * types of stock; ISO, espp, (non-qual) * vesting periods (reserved stock, 4 years standard, with 1-year cliff) * purchasing and selling * chances of IPO/acquisition * stock ==> cpa * think like an investor; trust the owners/managers? * Interviewing Basics * interviewed 40 people in 8 months, 200+ resumes * logistics (phone screen, interview rounds) * always bring copies of your resume (+2 extras) * opportunity to learn about companies * how do you fit in (personally, technically) * anticipate questions (technology, company) * research, be prepared (company biz, competitors, press/financials) * meet the manager and team * follow-up!!! * Resources * instructors and researchers * recruiters (very tapped into companies/market) * fellow students, Tom, Braden, Desiree * http://alumni.cse.ucsc.edu/~braden/ * salary survey (http://www.heur.com/)