It makes for an impressive networking conversation that you made an iPhone app that monitors and tweets your home brewing process, 3D print bottle caps, and you have a half built drone in your garage, but that doesn’t help your recruiter find a job you’ll love. (Unless there’s a company out there looking to start an automated micro-brew home delivery service… hmm…) That said, when you sit down with a recruiter, help them to see your marketable strengths and how they apply to the job of your dreams. Narrow down your many skills to a few that you’d most like to work with and hone in on.

Employers want people who WANT to do a specific job, not just ones who CAN do a specific job. Just because you have the skills necessary to be a DBA doesn’t mean that you want to be doing it day in and day out. Knowing that you have a more focused interest in a specific corner of the IT world will help your recruiter sell you to a company or hiring manager.

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P.S. This advice also applies to your resume. Nobody cares that you were a barista at Starbucks 15 years ago, or had an internship before your 10 years of programming experience. I’m not saying you have to stick to the outdated one-page resume rule, but keep it relevant and to the point!