As the tech industry grows, so does the demand for top employees so it’s important you stand out from the rest of the competition. At UMATR we can provide a strong initial introduction, but a clear resume will give us a better understanding of what you’re working on and what roles you’d be suited to. However, if you’re applying to a role directly you will need to rely on a winning resume to make a memorable first impression. Your resume is the initial entry ticket to getting your foot in the door with a company, so before you begin your job search, you should make perfecting this a priority. ✍🏼
So, how do you make your tech resume stand out when it’s sitting amongst 100’s of others? 🤔
Tip #1 – Technical Skills - Use bullet points
Don’t let your skills and qualifications get lost in chunks of text. Using bullet points will help employers quickly notice your skills and qualifications that relate to the open role. Since they generally have hundreds to get through, employers don’t want to wade through long paragraphs but instead just focus their attention on the important points. It’s also a great way to help make your resume format cleaner and improve readability for the reader. 📝
Bullet points are generally used for your technical skills somewhere on the first page, and vitally summarized next to each of your positions. Showcase your strongest skills and technology you’re most comfortable/most experienced using. 👩🏼💻
Tip #2 – Professional Experience
This section is one of the key components of any tech resume. Don’t be tempted to include every task you were responsible for, but instead the most important bits which highlight your capability to do the job you were involved in. Include volumes, figures and stats of key achievements such as where you may have improved something like saving the business time or money. Content should be ordered in reverse chronological order (most recent position first) and include the following:
Line 1: Company Name, Location, State, Start and End Dates (or ‘present’ if still working there)
Line 2: Job Title (if this was a contract position, indicate it here)
Line 3: Quick summary of your role (2-3 sentences maximum) – What results did you achieve? What did you also achieve on a personal level?
Line 4: Specific responsibilities and associated accomplishments in bullet points (Use action words such as managed, provided, produced, lead – ensuring you are using the same tense for each bullet).
Line 5: Why you ultimately decided to leave this position. We understand things happen and sometimes your role wasn’t the best fit, so if tenure was less than 12 months this is an essential bit of context to avoid getting overlooked because of any short stints.
Tip #3 – Show off your personal projects and key achievements
Share any side projects you’ve worked on, especially if you feel your experience is lacking. Include links to your Github or StackOverflow profile, your personal website, any games or apps etc. Although they may not always be relevant, they show a passion for engineering outside of the workplace. Hobbies and industries are a great way for the reader to get a better insight to your personality. However, try to keep them professionally relevant. For example, if you love to exercise this could be a great point to add if you are a personal trainer, but so not applicable to a software engineer. 🏃
Tip #4 Qualifications Summary – Brief Paragraph
Your resume narrative should be a brief paragraph on the first page expressing how you became the engineer that you are today while also clearly expressing where you want to go in your career. Include your key experience and selling points in this section and give the reader the information they crave right at the beginning. You don’t want to make anything hard work to find. 🎯
Tip #5 – Licenses/Certifications
For some engineering roles, you will be required to have a specific degree for the job. Although this may be overlooked if you have an impressive background of skills and experience, you should list each institution’s name, location, dates of attendance, degree and date earned. 🎓
Tip #6 Contact details – Include LinkedIn:
Although it seems like a simple tip, triple-check that you’ve left the right contact details with no typos, as this could be detrimental to your whole application. Include your Linkedin profile and ensure it is up to date, as it can be used to enhance your resume by duplicating the information and then filling in the extras that Linkedin allows. 🖥️
Make your resume stand out and watch how you can land yourself in your dream engineering role. Looking for a change in career? Get in touch with email@example.com and work with us today. At UMATR we are committed to helping you find your dream role Because You Matter. 💙