Resumes

Daily Tip: Fresh Eyes on Cover Letters, Resumes

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In the early 1960s, NASA scientists reportedly omitted a hyphen from a guidance program uploaded to the Mariner 1 spacecraft, causing the latter to veer off course immediately after launch. Rather than allow the spacecraft to crash-land and possibly kill someone, NASA opted to remotely detonate the craft, arguably making that missing hyphen the most expensive typo in history. Leaving a few typos in your resume and cover letter probably won’t set the U.S. space program back a few years,… continue…

Sample Resume: Senior Information Architect

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Keisha Reynolds 123 Any St. Milwaukee, Wisc. ♦ kreynolds@email.com ♦ 000.555.1212 ♦ LinkedIn ♦ Twitter ♦ IASAprofile Senior Information Architect Leader. Strategist. Designer. Master designer with an enterprise perspective offering more than five years’ of success developing and implementing architectural concepts, strategies, roadmaps, patterns, frameworks, principles and recommended practices. Expert data warehouse designer and configuration manager. Known for spearheading process improvements and architectural techniques involving ERP systems resulting in productivity and profit gains and increased customer satisfaction.  Led the redesign… continue…

Daily Tip: Emphasize Your Expertise

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It’s tempting to cram your resume with as many skills as humanly possible, even if your grasp of those skills is tenuous at best. Recruiters and HR staff will tell you stories about all the candidates who included knowledge of particular platforms under the “Skills” portion of their respective resumes, even though the aforementioned candidates hadn’t interacted with that platform in any way, shape, or form for years. Those stories rarely end well: If a job interviewer drills down into… continue…

Daily Tip: Dump the Ninja

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It’s one thing to refer to people colloquially as “coding ninjas” or “programming wizards,” but it’s quite another when such terms begin appearing on business cards—which they do, periodically, at startups. And that’s great for startups: Nothing conveys a sense of fun and creativity like switching out stodgy ol’ “Chief Technology Officer” for “Grand Czar of Macbooks” (even if you end up on a Buzzfeed list of “Worst Startup Job Titles Ever” as a result). But such titles won’t fly… continue…

10 Resume Buzzwords That Have Lost Their Sizzle

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Your resume should always address the IT manager’s needs, and showcase your mastery of the latest technical tools and techniques. But peppering your career history and cover letter with random buzzwords could make you seem phony and dated. Buzzwords are empty adjectives or terms that are trite, overused, or no longer relevant. Instead of making your resume stand out, they make your documents look boilerplate and unimaginative. “If you really want to use a cliché like ‘innovative’ or ‘outside-the-box thinker,’… continue…

Sample Resume: Freelance iOS Developer

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William “Bill” Rodgers willrodgers@email.com 000.555.1212 300 North Street, Unit A San Jose, CA 00000 Portfolio: [Insert URL] LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/wrodgers GitHub: www.github.com/iOSguru Freelance iOS Developer Summary: Results-oriented iOS developer with more than three years’ experience writing highly readable, clean, maintainable source code. Developed more than 15 applications for iPhone and iPad that offer users an intuitive, friendly interface, and successfully executed more than 75 updates to existing applications for a variety of small to mid-size companies. Results include robust downloads, activations, session lengths,… continue…

Want to Work as a Video-Game Developer?

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Wouldn’t it be great to get paid to work on video games? Who wouldn’t want to become the next Markus “Notch” Persson, who just sold his game Minecraft to Microsoft for a couple billion dollars? (He wanted to spend more time creating games, not managing a global phenomenon.) But gaming’s popularity also makes it difficult to get a proverbial foot in the door of a major company; to enter this highly competitive industry, you need a great resume and cover… continue…

Sample Resume: Embedded Software and Robotics Engineer

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Raul Sanchez rsanchez@email.com 123 Any St.000.555.1212 Indianapolis, Ind. 00000www.Robotman.com LinkedIn ♦ Facebook ♦ Collaborator ♦ Robotman Blog ♦ Twitter Embedded Software and Robotics Engineering Professional Futuristic engineer and bona fide expert in embedded software and architecture looking to fuel my fervent passion for cutting edge technology by developing next-generation robotic systems and creating tight, bug free software and code on a contract basis. Experience researching, designing, developing, testing, debugging and optimizing robotic systems in companies serving the automotive and manufacturing… continue…

Sample Resume: Software Tester

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Stephen Jones, CSTE 123 Easy St. Apt. B12 Las Vegas, NV 00000 Phone: 000.555.1212 | sjones@email.com LinkedIn | stephen@utest.com |GitHub | Twitter SOFTWARE QUALITY ASSURANCE TESTER Offering three years of full lifecycle development experience, a penchant for customer service, and a growing understanding of the principles, practices and tools affecting software quality. Familiar with industry standard best practices and methodologies for QC testing. Experience using industry standard software and tools and developing test plans and QC validation check lists to… continue…

Always Review Your Resume Before Submitting It

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Tip of the Day A quality resume should provide a succinct summary of your achievements and describe the story behind them. Reviewers will reach conclusions about your competency and fit based on the information you provide. By placing yourself in their shoes, you can evaluate your resume’s content and what it conveys about your capabilities and experience. When you think you’re done creating your resume, print it out and read it out loud. Is the information presented in the right order… continue…