So, you think recruiters might spend 4 or 5 minutes looking at your resume? Not so, according to a recent study. Eye tracking was used to determine what recruiters look at to choose you for an interview (or not). They look at your name, present and previous position titles, start and end dates for those positions, and your education level. Decision made.
Here’s the study by TheLadders
We have been extremely busy these past few weeks, hashing out use cases, figuring out the best possible types of donuts to purchase for IBM employees, and cutting through red tape to get access to certain databases, amongst other things.
On November 6th we met with IBM mentors to the project John Cohn, Eoin Lane, and Matt Ganis at UConn to figure out just where this project should be headed. This conversation led us to the idea of gamifying our mobile app. We wanted to come up with an awesome name for our app to make it that much more attractive to users, however nothing great enough has come to mind yet. Arguably more important than the name of the app however, we finalized the use-case and figured out just what we would need to start coding.
It was at this time we were informed that an IBM development team out of China had already built a mobile app with some of the basic functionality we were planning on using. The app included a map with overlays of water infrastructure, a nifty UI and some of the other features we were planning out for our app. This was great news considering our time constraint and the winter break so quickly approaching.
We have now been able to utilize the code from the IBM development team and have been working to adjust different aspects of it to better suit our use-case. Because the code given to us was created for use with a different database, our team is first working to decipher what each aspect of the code specifically does in order to then integrate it into our application. This will be our next step in the process and will definitely be the biggest challenge we have faced thus far.
Pictured: The first meeting of our Smarter Water team. From left to right: Julie Cappello, Peter Xu, Ian Brunjes, Andrew Boba, Robert McCartney and Matt Ganis. Not pictured are John Cohn (taking the picture) and Eoin Lane.
The teams have each accepted $1,000 to fund their efforts to create smartphone applications.
1) Toco Transducer and Tocodynomometer – with smart phone APP – will be used to help pregnant women in early labor determine when to get to the hospital. They hope to reduce false alarms and get help for women who really need it but may not realize it.
2) Binspace – an APP to help students find available study or meeting locations on campus.
Each team has an assigned IBM volunteer buddy who will act as coach or mentor.