Native Arizonan Rachel Klarfeld is a Manager of Sales Recruiting at Nitro. Rachel’s desk is often home to fresh flowers, massive checklists, and after 4:30pm, a glass of wine. Outside of the office, you can usually find her pushing pedals at SoulCycle or in North Beach at her favorite Italian restaurant.
The era of pink, CK1-spritzed resumes is over. Piquing the interest of tech Talent Team members through the computer is possible though, even without your signature scent. Take a look at these oft over-looked, attention grabbing resume tips:
Look and Feel Count
But not how you think. Unless you’re applying for a creative position, we’re not terribly interested in spruced up resumes. Instead, focus on being clear and concise. We don’t want to hunt for who you are, what you’re good at, and what you do: that information should be easy to find and understand.
Tailor Your Resume
No resume is one-size fits all. Thankfully, your resume isn’t chiseled in concrete, so making multiple versions is simple (especially with the “Save As” feature!). For each job you apply to, revise your resume to reflect why your skills and talents are right for that job, based on the job description.
Pay Attention to Your Audience
Tech is a different beast than say, a big bank. For example, a start-up who invests in culture wants to know about you right away. Including an “Outside interests” section is seen as a positive, not a waste of space. Quickly boost your personality points with a LinkedIn link, Twitter handle, and personal website.
Highlight Career Progression
Let’s say you were hired at Company X as a Junior Software Engineer, and a year later, are promoted. When you update your resume, don’t just list your more senior position. Demonstrating an ability to move up and take on more responsibility makes you both high in intellect and social intelligence.
Shine On, You Crazy Diamond
Showing off is part of the resume game. Mention awards, specific sales numbers, how many times you exceeded quota, even an IMDB credit. Now is your chance to get in front of someone – don’t let the cat take control of your tongue. Sparkle up, and brag like you’re your own best friend.
Anticipate Any Questions
Humans process missing information by filling in their own story. Don’t let this happen to you! If there is a gap in your resume, put in a sentence of explanation (like, 2009-2010: Traveling India or June-September 2011: Caring for sick parent). Another huge question in the tech-world is, “What did that company do?” Let’s say you worked at Weebly. Under the company name, write a quick description such as, Weebly is a DIY website creation site to help small businesses tell their story.
Yes, you must ask a friend to review your resume. They’ll be able to help with catching typos, grammar issues, and length (resumes should be one page unless you’re a seasoned worker looking for a senior role). Also, they should be able to understand what your role was at each position listed, and what your responsibilities were.
Once your friend has checked over your resume (and you’ve bought them a cup of coffee in exchange), you’re ready to submit with confidence, knowing you’re likely to catch the eye of the Talent Team at any tech company.
Want to show us what you’ve got? Nitro is always hiring whip-smart, driven, people like you. Check out our open listings!
Native Arizonan Rachel Klarfeld is a Talent Ambassador at Nitro. Her role includes spreading the word about Nitro career opportunities, and finding the best talent for all parts of the business. Rachel’s desk is often home to fresh flowers, massive checklists, and after 4:30pm, a glass of wine.