This is my first time speaking at OWASP and I found the experience exhiliirating :-)
The venue was familiar from recent years (this was not the first time I attended OWASPs conference in Israel) but this year everything seemed to be much better organized.
I volunteered at the “CV Review” workshop to assist people in reviewing and improving their CVs from my experience as a hiring manager, and I also gave talk - which unfortunately was the last talk of the day.
During the hour I spent at the workshop I advised 5 different people with the same basic advice:
- Place a short paragraph at the top of your CV explainging what added value do you bring to a position, based on all the work experience you have so far (from all positions)
- Explain what did you do at each position you held and what value did you bring - not the job description
- Include in your CV keywords that are relevant to the position you are applying to
- Keep your CV clean with the most important information at the top of the page - this is your most valuable real estate on your CVs, the area with the highest chance of being read (and where decision to read further are made)
- In general, for most positions your academic background is not as important as you think, push it to the bottom of your CV
This might merit a post by itself one day
Some pictures from the event
The vendor hall was packed through most of the day, which is a good sign.
Speakers dinner was a lot of fun and we had some great conversations around the table