In this blog post, we will be discussing best resume practices to secure a job interview. The topics that we will cover include: length of resume, content, and “pro tips.”
Length of Resume
Your resume should be one page. There is no wiggle room on this, especially when you are somewhat early in your career. Recruiters want to see your ability to convey your accomplishments in a succinct manner. How are you going to be able to convey product features to a customer if you can’t convey your accomplishments to a recruiter?
Here is my resume as an example if you need it: Gabriel Moncayo Resume, 2015
Here is another great example of a resume, this one by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.
We’ve already said that your resume must be kept to one page. This can be difficult when you are trying to show the recruiter all of your skills that prove that you are the best for the job.
One way to shorten it is by listing accomplishments, not responsibilities. To state it differently, don’t write what is in the job description. Don’t put in YOUR resume what everyone who has the job could say.
Make sure the accomplishments are written technically with metrics to establish credibility. This will also signal to the recruiter that you are numbers-driven and care about the bottom line.
Here are some examples separated by industry:
- Built backend payment processing on Ruby + Wordpress that was launched on time and and generated 1,000 new users in the first week
- Managed our companies $2M budget and helped increase our profit margin by 2%
- Spoke to 100 customers a day and maintained a 97% customer satisfaction rating
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- References go on the back (like on mine!).
- Use jargon/skills in your accomplishments, not as their own category.
- Remember your audience. Your resume is a piece of marketing for you, the product. Take the time to be a little creative and make sure your message is clear.
If you follow these tips, you will land more interviews, and as a result, have a better chance of landing your ideal job.
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