Making your Resume stand out...

  • Posted on: 9 May 2013
  • By: admin

Everything you’ve been taught at school about applying for jobs is wrong.

Universities and colleges are 10 years behind the curve. They’ll teach you how to apply to large enterprise corporations with recruiting policies written in the 90s. You don’t want to work for those corporations. You don’t want to work in a cubicle farm. You’re young and exciting. You want to work for young, exciting companies. You want to work at a startup. So let’s identify the bad habits you’ve picked up and replace them with better ones.


So, you’re looking for a job.

A word to the wise - don’t apply to a hundred companies, instead create a list of companies that you actually find really interesting. Be specific about what you’re looking for. Narrow down your interests, your goals and your skills. You will end up spending a considerable amount of time with a company so find one that’s right for you.

Do the research, do the groundwork. Talk to people, network, reach out to old friends and family - not all job opportunities are posted online. Talk to people inside the company, find out everything you can about the job you want, what they’re looking for, what it’s like to work there. All these questions will help you decide if this is the right place for you or not.


If you’re not different then you’re boring.

Now that you know about each of the companies you’re going to apply to, start thinking about ways to impress them. Each company is different, and your applications should be too. Look at their core values and write a cover letter tailored to appeal to them.

Don’t be boring. Most applications companies receive are a resume with a cover letter attached, but there’s no rule saying yours has to. Surprise them by including a poster, a song you’ve written, a video, or something else made specifically for that company. You have about 15 seconds to catch the attention of the person looking through applications. Make yourself stand out.


A well-rounded GitHub profile == Interview

Work on projects in your spare time. This shows enthusiasm as much as ability. Building up a library of different projects will allow you to show off way more than you can in a coding test or interview. The ability to collaborate and work in a team is key. Contributing to open source projects demonstrates that you can do this.

Building a good portfolio takes a long time, but don’t worry. By creating a GitHub profile and adding even a single project you’ll already be ahead of the competition. Get into the habit of adding source control to your code from the get-go and your profile will grow naturally.



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