Assuming you’ve already triple checked your resume for spelling, grammar and format, how impressive is the content of your resume?
We asked several experts about the top mistakes they see in software engineers' resumes and cover letters. Here’s your checklist of top mistakes to avoid:
“We've also noticed that the best software engineers always share their code in online communities,” says Mark Slack, career advisor at Resume Genius. “These kinds of freely given contributions reflect a self-motivated and generous person -- exactly the kind of people we like to hire.”
Linking to your LinkedIn profile will help as well. Why? Employers can easily see your glowing recommendations. Recommendations can help sway an undecided manager in your favor.
Don’t have any yet? What are you waiting for? Request a recommendation from a colleague today.
If your dream company is a little round in their edges, throw in a non-offensive joke. You’ll be sure to standout. For this tip, authenticity is key here. Hiring managers are mistrustful of folks whose online personas don’t match their real-life personalities. No one likes being mislead.
Instead, focus on what about this job truly excites you? People love passion…it’s contagious.
“We really appreciate it when applicants self-report their skills with qualifiers, like fair, advanced or expert,” Slack says. “In some cases, we don’t need our software engineer to have deep expertise in certain languages, or we are willing to train an applicant from the fair level to a higher level over time.”
It all depends on the company’s priorities and needs while they're hiring.
Go one step further by researching or interviewing folks who work at your dream company and ask them about what they’re lacking. Use their company blog, social media accounts and email to help you connect.
Above all, be honest about your skillset. Only list the skills you can truly speak knowledgably about.
Tailor each of your resumes and cover letters to your favorite jobs. And then network with someone at the company who can pass your resume to the right person.
Know your audience.
If you’re submitting the resume to a recruiter, keywords in the job description are going to be your life blood. If you’re submitting to a CTO or engineer, it’s all about “algorithms, techniques and niche software,” Allen Cheung, engineering manager at Square says on Quora.
Use Google’s simple formula for the perfect resume: ‘I accomplished X, relative to Y, by doing z.”
Here’s a great example for software engineers from CareerCup’s Gayle McDowell, former developer and recruiter: Reduced time to render the user’s buddy list by 75 percent by implementing prediction algorithm.
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