Applying for a job? Its so easy to stand out, so why do so few manage it?

Over the years I have done a lot of recruitment. Crafted job descriptions and ads and then waded through lots of mediocre applications. Even great people often seem to want to seem as lifeless as possible when applying for a job or contract role. OK, maybe that’s how you get to be a faceless number as some big cooperate…

Here’s a little secret, be less generic. Actually read the job ad or description, spend some time learning a little about the company and people you could be working with. Then actually apply for that role. That specific role. The person reading your application needs to understand why you are interested in working for them, not why you want a job.

If you just try a little to tailor the information you provide then you’ll be in the top 5% of job applications.

And if you ever apply to work with me, then be aware that you have 1-2 mins of reading time to catch my attention. I want to work with people who are proactive, fun and interested in this specific role, as well as those with the skills and experience. Convince me of that and then it’s up to me to recruit you, not the other way round.

Using OpenCover for nUnit test coverage on AppVeyor

UPDATE: Previous version of this had an error in the OpenCover code where failed tests did not result in a failed AppVeyor build.


 

AppVeyor is a really cool CI (continuous integration) service that I am currently playing with, so far its been very easy and powerful for both continuous build/tests and deployment (plus they do outstanding support). However, it is missing a couple of features that I would like, one of them being showing code coverage results with each build.

So, until the wonderful people at AppVeyor implement a way to do this natively, here is a bit of a hack to see some nicely formatted coverage results when running automated builds on AppVeyor.

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“Business without meaning is just annoying admin”

You know that feeling you get when things seem too hard?  When your goals and ambitions get lost in a forest of details, complexity and questions?

I felt like that this morning.  In fact I was starting to question wether my public statement of intentions was just a bit silly.  Sure loads of other great people and businesses have built success based on their values and not solely on the bottom line. But who am I to think I can do the same?  I can’t even clearly answer simple questions about my business.

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The next stage

Everyone wants to matter. Yet, how many of us truly feel that the work we do “matters”? Or even that our contribution to that work “matters”?

Too many conversations about the dreaded “job” revolve around the negative aspects: office politics, dreading Monday morning, the unfairness of that thing that happened, not getting paid enough, boredom or the pointless nature of much of the work.

That’s just depressing.

There are three places where I have been honoured with the opposite conversations. And by “the opposite” I mean conversations dominated by the positive. Perhaps not perfect, maybe even very far from perfect, yet voices and faces become full of enthusiasm and energy.

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