Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about employment

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Monday 12th March 2012

  • Job Hopping: Turn a High Number to Your Advantage

    by Gi-Gi Downs and Erin Bush

    Do you share your number?

    You know the classic assumption: they all want to be the first. They might understand if one or two didn't work out, but they're scared if you've had a lot of those. But some people know the secret-–that a variety of experiences makes you a better…


    No, we're not talking about the closely-guarded number of your past lovers; but how many jobs you’ve had.

    The brutal reality is that if you’ve spent any time in the tech industry, it’s likely you’ve hopped around companies in your local tech corridor. Had multiple titles. Multiple bosses. And, the old theory says, this doesn't look good on your resume.

    Unless, that is, you learn to carry it well.

    Shifting priorities and re-org roulette may have left you with an embarrassingly high number, but is your reputation really shot? Armed with a little knowledge, you can beat the stereotype. And it might even keep you off the unemployment line.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Rio Grande Ballroom, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • Online Personality Disorder: Resumes & Profiles

    by Jennifer Jongsma, Kevin Lawver, Kristy Duncan and Carla Borsoi

    An editor, researcher, and program manager walk into a bar. They are looking to help talented people who have personality and technical chops. As they down a Shiner, they look for a coherent story that tells who you are, what you’ve done, and where you can go. In this session we'll share our tips then jump into live reviews of resumes and a variety of online profiles. Beyond the action verbs and a Google search, these three will help you synchronize what you show on paper and online. They'll show how your online presence (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, About.me) can help an employer picture you in their organization. How can you show yourself to be unique? How do your other digital selves support your claims? Hear how these three, with years of hiring experience, approach evaluating job candidates. Bring us your resumes, your profiles and your questions.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Brazos, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

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Tuesday 13th March 2012

  • Marshalling Your Army of Interns

    by Larry Smith and Andrew Maguire

    When you’re running a small company, interns are amazing in theory (free labor!), yet in practice often a big fail. But do it right, and a strategically run army of interns can mean the difference between failure and success—especially for a startup or small shop. In five years of growing SMITH Magazine and its Six-Word Memoir project, Larry Smith has learned how to maximize interns’ time and skill sets, while offering a worthy experience for this free or barely-paid labor force. He’ll lead a conversation about how he’s done it, hear what’s worked for you, and leave you with new marching orders for your next intern brigade. Co-presenting is Andrew Maguire, founder of InternMatch (internmatch.com), which helps college students find amazing internships and recruiters more effectively source top talent.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Rio Grande Ballroom, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • Laura Hartman Book Signing

    Laura Hartman signs her book ‘Employment Law for Business ‘ at the SXSW bookstore.

    At 4:45pm to 5:00pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Ballroom G Foyer, Austin Convention Center