Looking for a new role? Be sure to check these critical points to stand out of the crowd and pass the CV screen.

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Managing Riskified’s Data Science department entails a lot of recruiting — we’ve more than doubled in less than a year-and-a-half. As the hiring manager for several of the positions, I also read through a lot of CVs. Recruiters screen through a CV in 7.4 seconds, and after recruiting for several years my average time is pretty fast, but not that extreme. In this blog, I’m going to walk you through my personal heuristics (‘cheats’) that help me screen a resume. While I can’t guarantee that others use the same heuristics, and different roles will differ in the importance of each…


Data Science First Steps

Starting your journey into Data Science? Choose the right path to increase your odds

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With the popularity and demand for data scientists, and the well-documented shortage of skilled labor, more people are interested in data science as a career. Over time, I’ve gotten an increasingly large number of questions regarding how to start out as a data scientist. Like many other roles, landing the first job is typically the hardest, as having some experience under your belt is mandatory for many employers. This can create a vicious catch 22: how do you land your first job if they all require prior experience?

In this post, I’ll try to give you some advice — based…


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One of the biggest challenges in a Data Science organization is identifying and prioritizing the most promising directions to undertake. Here’s how we create our backlog and place our bets.

At Riskified, we have an extremely capable data science and research department, composed of over 30 data scientists and analysts. As a fast-growing startup we take a practical approach, measuring ourselves based on the actual business value delivered every quarter and how effectively we interpret data (more about it in my previous article). We use the Agile methodology and our own adaptation of Scrum to keep things moving at a high pace. Additionally, much of our team has grown in the fraud domain and we have a keen understanding of the business. …


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Have you ever witnessed a presentation where slide after slide of 10pt font tables were flipped through, supposedly ‘answering’ a business question? Alternatively, the product manager might receive a report with 50 interactive graphs, including every imaginable slicing of the data. To avoid missing anything relevant, presenters who are less experienced opt to deliver everything to their stakeholders. No filters. Data can be beautifully presented or horribly slaughtered, but however you decide to visualize it, it rarely stands on its own. Data needs interpreting.

At Riskified, we use Rmd’s to deliver reports to stakeholders. We’ve created some useful internal packages…

Elad Cohen

VP Data Science @ Riskified

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