Resume and Interview Workshop with Keith Cline

keithclineContributed by Cait Porte

In November, the Boston Women in Product (BWP) hosted an event with the support of Keith Cline. The event focused on resume writing and interview preparation specific to the Product Management function.

Keith has spent the last 15 years helping grow Boston’s vibrant technology and startup communities. In 2002, Keith founded Dissero, a recruiting firm focused on early to mid-stage venture-backed technology companies. Keith later founded VentureFizz in 2009 to tell the stories of Boston’s successful leaders and fast-growing organizations, and help people make connections through the VentureFizz Job Board.

Keith focused on the roughly 30 seconds that a hiring manager spends looking over a resume to understand what the candidate is doing now and what a logical next step might look like. The group acknowledged that while every hiring manager is different, it’s important to highlight what you’ve done that aligns with what the requirements are for position you’re looking to fill. Here are a few of the highlights from the event:

  • Having a summary on your resume is helpful
  • Networking is key to finding the right positionMake sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date
  • Domain experience is key – but not always required; there are ways you can network your way to get domain experience
  • Find a connection at the company you’re looking to join
  • Once you land the interview, make sure that you stay focused on the question that was asked; communication style and responses are important – in particular for a product manager
  • Be sure to show genuine interest in the company and/or the product

With more than 25 attendees from a variety of different companies and backgrounds, the event had vibrant discussion.  Special thanks to our sponsor, GoDaddy for supporting the BWP for this event.

Boston Women in Product (BWP) is a community that empowers women to be influencers in their role inspiring them to make a difference and grow in their career. Our mission is to inspire, equip and help advance women in product by encouraging career leadership, development, support, mentoring, and building relationships with like-minded women. The BWP comes together throughout the year in local Boston area events. We gather women together to learn and affect one another in an open, casual setting. We aim to bring expertise from the product community and connect that with women striving to grow in their product career. Open to anyone interested in helping advance women in their product careers. We hope to see you at our next event.

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