Resume Writing is Not a Natural Act
A – Action: What was your part in the solution for the business? Use verbs such as developed, created, automated, ideated, solved, served, and minimize the use of verbs like managed, maintained, and oversaw which are general and convey a more passive role.
R – Result: what was the business impact of your actions? Metrics further substantiate your claims. Reduced deployment to X days, achieved uptime deliverable of Y%, cost savings of $Z.
Example: Company XYZ is a medical technologies firm boasting a suite of products designed to integrate and automate patient information across networks and providers.
- Summary or Profile
- Technical Skills
- Key Accomplishments
- Professional Experience
- Recognition and Awards
- Education and Professional Development
- Independent Projects
- Volunteer Work and Community Engagement
- The first eyes on your resume are often a machine using a keyword matrix. While your soft skills will get you the job, your technical skills are what show up in keyword searches (never once have I searched the term “communication” even if that is the major component of the job). Utilize Sections such as “Technical Skills” or add an “Environment” subheading to the bottom of each job to increase the occurrences of those keywords in multiple areas and bump up your placement in the search results.
- Similarly, if you are putting a technology in your skills section, demonstrate where you used it in each job. If a lot of your recent work is independent projects, make a section for those projects and don’t forget to link your GitHub portfolio.
- Don’t try to be all things to all people. Show the job poster that you can remedy their specific pain and you’ll increase your chances of a callback. This might mean that you change your profile or summary at the top of each application; that’s okay, just make sure your examples support your positioning.
- On the same note, if you’re not getting callbacks, it’s probably not you…it’s the resume. Change it up! Add more keywords, provide more examples, consider how you’ve positioned yourself. The resume is a living document, expect it to change.
- Be able to substantiate EVERYTHING on your resume in a background check. I’ve seen candidates fail backchecks for silly things that ultimately would not have impacted their offer.
- Remember that resumes get you interviews, interviews get you the job. I will be creating a similar post with tips to ace the interview soon.