Jason Shen: Looking for a job? Highlight your ability, not your experience
TED Resident Jason Shen uses data and technology to help leaders identify talent. Full bio
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that has to do with their college major.
are no longer the rule,
only a quarter of college graduates
that relates to their degree.
but two degrees in biology.
I am neither a doctor nor a scientist.
for a career in technology.
from sales, marketing, strategy,
of Product Manager
by Google and several other firms
which included my analysis of the business
working on two of those ideas
or overlooked at first
by both Twitter and Facebook
that would sell for 19 billion dollars.
in the 20th century are failing us
on people with incredible potential.
and machine learning
in many occupations
human labor in others.
to do jobs we've never done before
and strategies we need
with leaders across many sectors,
in the same places we always do --
the same results we always have.
when the cash-strapped Oakland Athletics
who didn't score highly
like runs batted in,
to help the team score points
outside of sports.
and Research at Pinterest
one of the most diverse
in Silicon Valley
that no one type of person
to look beyond major tech hubs
an opportunity to shine.
and plays have auditions,
to demonstrate their skills
from 85 years of employment research,
of success on the job.
and ask them for their key insights.
for a new product.
don't wait for an employer to ask.
your unique skills and abilities
resume and cover letter.
to label a candidate a job-hopper
short stint on their resume;
to ignore identical messages from students
was black or Asian instead of white.
a special needs track as a child.
my parents into a meeting,
had been complications at birth
with a school psychologist.
our family situation.
we lived in the attic
with mental disabilities.
to make ends meet,
to spend time with kids my own age.
that an understimulated five-year-old boy
in a kindergarten classroom
will always be flawed.
experience with ability,
for the safe, familiar choice
for someone who could be amazing.
of outdated hiring practices
of identifying and cultivating talent,
by learning to tell their story
are seen for what they're truly capable of
to realize their full potential.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERJason Shen - Entrepreneur, talent expert
TED Resident Jason Shen uses data and technology to help leaders identify talent.
Why you should listen
Jason Shen is the co-founder and CEO of Headlight, a performance hiring platform, creator of The Talent Playbook, and has been featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, Quartz and The Atlantic.
He serves on the board of directors for the Presidential Innovation Fellows Foundation and runs The Asian American Man Study, an annual survey of American men of East, Southeast and Asian descent.
Prior to Headlight, Shen was a product manager at Etsy, a 2013 Presidential Innovation Fellow under President Obama, and the cofounder of a Y Combinator-backed startup called Ridejoy.
Shen holds a BS and MS in Biology from Stanford University, where he was captain of the 2009 NCAA championship-winning men’s gymnastics team. In 2014, he set the Guinness World Record for most number of Aztec push-ups completed in one minute.
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