Resumes

Patch Up Your Resume Weakness

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No career is perfect: No matter who you are, you’ll inevitably experience setbacks, layoffs, bad bosses, and other roughness. You’ll put those bad patches behind you, but they won’t disappear entirely. Recruiters and HR staff will notice if there’s a significant gap between jobs on your resume, for example. Depending on how knowledgeable they are about the broader tech world, they may also note if you’ve worked for startups that crashed-and-burned spectacularly, or prominent projects that failed before releasing an… continue…

5 Things That Wreck a Resume

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Working on a resume? Once you’ve chosen your format, listed your experience and skills, and polished the grammar and spelling, one task remains: making sure your resume doesn’t feature any of the following landmines, any of which can wreck all your careful work. Your Resume Doesn’t Show Your True Skills and Qualifications… All too often, a resume features vague bullet-points such as, “Contributed to Project X,” or “Managed a team of five engineers” without going into much detail beyond that.… continue…

How to Outwit Excessive Job Requirements

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Many in the tech industry believe that employers often want too much from candidates, publishing job descriptions that even super-qualified pros find excessive and unreasonable. There’s really no good justification for overwritten “specs,” but their continuing appearance on job boards and recruiters’ desks means that any tech professional who wants a job needs to find a way to deal with them. In situations where the bar is set too high, here are some concrete steps you can take to get… continue…

Daily Tip: Don’t Load Your Resume With Jargon

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If you’re applying for a programming or developer gig with a large company, chances are pretty good that your resume will need to find its way through at least one layer of HR staffers before ending up on the desk of a hiring manager or a division head. And while that manager or division head might understand the complicated technical jargon that defines the job for which you’re applying, it’s likely that the HR staffer who first looks at your… continue…

Sample Resume: C++ Developer

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Professional Resume of Raj Kapur, MCSD Website: [Insert URL]Email: [Insert Email Address]Location: New York, N.Y.Mobile: [Insert number]GitHub: [Insert link]LinkedIn: [Insert link]Brainbench: [Insert link] C/C++ software developer offering more than four years of full life cycle experience including planning and assessment, requirements definition, features and functionality design and development, coding, testing, QA, implementation, product and infrastructure enhancements and maintenance. An expert in object-oriented design and analysis with a history of building unique and original products and solutions through intuitive problem-solving and creativity. Summary Knowledge… continue…

5 Things on Your Resume to Trash

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Nothing can tank your prospects for a job interview quicker than a resume that inadvertently shows your tech skills as grievously out-of-date. Recruiters and employers are always on the lookout for mentions of dead programming languages, useless tools, and outmoded lingo. While deleting moldy skills and dated programming languages from a resume might seem like an obvious step, many IT professionals have a knee-jerk tendency to list the entirety of their experience, even if they’d be better served leaving much… continue…

Jump-Start Your Tech Job Search in 2015

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It’s a brand new year, and by all indications the economy’s doing pretty well, which means that a lot of people will begin looking for a new, possibly better job. If you’re one of those job seekers, here are some tips for jump-starting your search: Polish That Resume Whether you last updated your resume last month or five years ago, it’s worth taking another scan through before you send it to potential employers. Make sure to include strong verbs in… continue…

Daily Tip: Erase These Terms From Your Resume

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Everybody knows you need to include strong verbs in your resume, in order to best convey your skills and knowledge. What fewer people realize is that some words should never appear on one’s resume, because they’re either redundant (there’s no need to say that you’re “capable” or “motivated,” for example, because those should go without saying) or simply don’t contribute to an accurate picture of your skills (“good communicator” tells the recruiter absolutely nothing). If any of the following words… continue…

Sample Resume: Game Designer

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Kelly Clark [Portfolio Link] 123 Easy St. Apt. 213 ■ Venice, CA 00000 000.555.1212 ■ email address Video Game Designer Profile Creator of colorful, enticing fantasy worlds enjoyed by avid players of video, computer and online games. Fully capable of turning the vision of programmers, producers and engineers into a working game in which fascinating characters fend off evil villains in search of valuable treasures. Experience: Concept Design, Prototyping, User Experience, Content Design, Game Rules, Mobile, Character Design, Props, User Interfaces, Setting Design, Tuning and Testing, Scripting and Debugging… continue…

Daily Tip: Strong Verbs for Your Resume

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When it comes to writing a resume, people tend to focus on the nouns—administrator, developer, programmer, language, etc.—and give only cursory thought to the verbs. By strengthening your verbs, however, you can create a resume that truly stands out from the rest of the pile. What’s a “strong” or “power” verb? Many of the ones commonly used in resumes certainly don’t qualify: “Assisted,” “managed,” “administered,” and “helped” (for example) don’t convey the energy and thought you poured into the activities… continue…