Background

Courtney Christensen started the idea behind Shift/Enter:

“I’ve been on several hiring panels, and I’ve found that most employers are not satisfied with the resumes that they receive. We have a lot of talent in Charlottesville, but it’s hard to find people. I’ve also been a job seeker, and options can feel slim when you’re new to the Charlottesville tech community. I’ve been thinking of ways to get the word out. As I’ve talked to more people new to tech, the refrain that I’ve heard: technical interviews are intimidating, and formatting a tech resume is an arcane art.”

The inaugural Shift/Enter workshop took place on  Saturday, March 16, 2019, to the enjoyment and benefit of all involved!

Audience

Shift/Enter is a career workshop for members of the Charlottesville tech community. The primary audience includes people who are:

  • Planning a career transition into tech, are active in self-study / training programs, and are seeking support in successfully navigating toward a full-time software job.
  • Already in the field and looking to gain confidence and perspective in the job market, especially if they are experiencing impostor syndrome or do not have “formal training.”

Core Components

  • Resume Clinic
  • Whiteboarding Practice
  • Mock Interviews

Details

  • Organizers: Courtney Christensen (Lead), Shayna Diamond (Lead), Liz Heinberg, Molly Braswell, Caroline Bertrand, Ron DuPlain
  • When? The next Shift/Enter Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, August 10, 2019.
  • Where? OpenSource Connections
  • How often? The goal is for this workshop to occur twice a year or quarterly, depending on how often the community feels there is a need.