Published May 14, 2023, 7:20 p.m. by Bethany
In today's job market, your resume is your most important asset. It is your first impression on potential employers, and it should be a strong one.
While there are many resume tips and tricks out there, one of the most important is to make sure your resume is optimized for search engines.
Simply put, your resume should be easy for potential employers to find when they are searching online.
There are a few key things you can do to make sure your resume is optimized for search engines:
Make sure to include relevant keywords throughout your resume, such as your skills, experience, and education. This will help potential employers find your resume when they are searching for candidates with your qualifications.
Your email address is one of the first things potential employers will see on your resume, so make sure it is professional. Avoid using personal email addresses that include your first name or nicknames.
Your resume should be easy to read and understand. Use short sentences and bullet points to list information clearly. Avoid using excessive amounts of text or complex language.
Tailor your resume to each job you apply for. Include information that is relevant to the specific position you are applying for. This will show potential employers that you are a good fit for the job.
When you save your resume as a PDF, it will maintain its format and layout no matter where it is viewed. This is important because you want potential employers to see your resume exactly as you intended.
By following these tips, you can be sure that your resume is optimized for search engines and that potential employers will be able to find it easily.
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This is the resume that got me into Google, Facebook and Uber. But copying this template is
useless. What worked for me will not work for you. That’s because your education and work experience
is completely different from mine. Some of you might not even have a fancy degree or job to put
on your resume. So, the structure of the perfect resume will be different for different people.
That’s why, instead of just showing you my resume today, I’ll also tell you why I chose to write my
Resume this way. Once you know the reasoning, you can move different sections around to tailor the
resume to fit your own unique profile. At the end of the video, I will also tell you 3 things
you can do to instantly improve your resume if you don’t have a good degree or work experience.
That’s Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon telling us how focussing on the customer
is key to the success of Amazon. Yet when it comes to resumes, nobody ever thinks about the
customer. There are primarily 3 customers, if you will, for your resume. Number one, is the
recruiter that would shortlist your resume. Number two is the hiring manager that would give the final
stamp of whether you are worthy of an interview. And number 3, which most people forget about,
is the resume filter which is a Software that automatically filters out your resume if certain
keywords are not present. To get that final interview call, we have to impress all three.
Both hiring managers and recruiters are very busy people because they have to go through so
many applications everyday. On an average they spend about 7 seconds on reading your resume. To know
what that feels like, I set the timer and tried reading my own resume. I was more generous and
gave myself double the time a hiring manager would take. And this is how far I could reach in 15 seconds. From this exercise,
it is obvious to me that how you start your resume is the single most important thing. And
I can bet that recruiters don’t even read your name until they have found something
interesting in the top part of your resume. So, guard this part with your life and write
the most impressive thing about you here. Forget all the rules like a resume should
start with education or skills or whatever. These rules are bogus and have no data to
support them. So if you have a weak education or work experience section,
write your best project or skills here. And if you see my resume, I have listed all my
skills at the top. In hindsight, this is the first mistake I made in my resume. I have 2
more mistakes that I will share later in the video but see if you can spot them yourself. Anyway,
I believe that the most impressive thing about my background was my work experience at Amazon and that should have gone
at the top. But my previous job before Amazon was not that impressive and I used to avoid writing it at
the top. And for this resume, I simply copy pasted my old template and made this blunder. Let this be
a lesson for everyone that copy pasting others’ or even your own template is not the best strategy.
Now that you have intrigued the recruiter, they would have the urge to know who this amazing
programmer is. So, they will come back to the very top to know your name. Write your name in large
font to make it memorable. Give your basic contact details like phone number and email
here. If you have a Linkedin profile, add it. If you don’t, make one and add it. Linkedin
is a must in 2022. To be honest, if you have a good linkedin profile, you might not even need
a resume to get hired. If you want me to cover Linkedin tips in upcoming videos, let me know
in the comments. Enough about Linkedin. Moving on, if you have a github or personal website,
include that here as well. If you don’t, they’re nice to have but not critical. So, don’t sweat it.
Now that we have that out of the way. Let’s talk about the Skills section here. The Skills section
does 2 things for us. One, it helps recruiters figure out if you have the desired skills.
Two, it helps us get past the resume filter which is the third
customer of our resume as we discussed in the beginning. So, when applying for a job,
read the job post carefully to figure out the skills the recruiter is looking for and if you have them,
make sure you include them in your skills section. Before we talk about the work experience section,
let me tell you 2 mistakes I have seen many people make in their skills. One, they start rating
themselves on their own skills. Frankly, nobody really cares how good you think you are. I
mean I felt like I was the best looking guy in college but girls in my college disagreed. So,
please skip ratings. Second mistake many people make is that they include soft skills. This is the
second mistake I made in this resume. I mean who doesn’t think they are a team player and they
deliver results. These skills are redundant. In my defense, I was too much into Amazon's leadership principles at the time
and I thought it would be a good ideas to include them. Anyway, save this space for something useful.
Let’s move on to the work experience. For people who don’t have work experience,
the equivalent section would be your Projects. Here, I would like to mainly focus on how to talk
about your projects. There are 3 key questions we want to answer when writing about the projects.
What did you do, How did you do it and What was the impact? So, we start with an intriguing title
that piques the hiring manager. Then we explain what we did in a little more detail in the first
sentence. After that, we talk about how we did it. When explaining the how part, we want the hiring
manager to feel 2 things. One, they should be able to see that the project was challenging. Two,
they should feel that the project had a big scope. It’s not always possible to achieve
this with every project but that’s the goal. In this example, I have tried to show the technical
challenges by mentioning some technologies I used. To demonstrate the scope of the project,
I have talked about the design discussions where multiple teams were involved. After establishing
how you achieved the final outcome, we want to make a strong statement for the impact. Ideally,
you want to add some key metrics here. My impact statement was very similar for all these projects.
So, I just added one statement for impact. But in an ideal scenario, you want one for each project.
Additionally, if it’s your personal project that has a working app, providing a link to the
app can also work as your impact statement. And don’t forget to start your sentences with action
verbs. If you don’t know what that is, we have another video on the channel for the basics of
resume writing. I believe everyone should know these basics. So, make sure to check it out.
Before we get into how to improve your resume when you don’t have a degree or work experience,
let’s talk about the right column of my resume. On the top we have Education with
my GPA. If you feel your GPA is not good , you can skip it. Below education,
we have honors and awards from college time and some of the courses I did. These 2 sections are
the third and the final mistake I made in this resume. That’s because once you have worked in
the industry for some years, the awards from college and your coursework makes
no difference. The point I am trying to make here is just because you have done something
doesn’t mean that you have to mention it in your resume. When it comes to resumes,
sometimes Less is More. At the bottom of the right column, I have my interests. These are
nothing but conversation starters that help break ice with the interviewer.
You can write your resume in the best possible way but there's still
a possibility that you might not get a job. That’s because “Resumes are not just written,
Resumes are built over time” and there's a big difference between the two. So,
if you are having a hard time finding a job, focus on building your resume first. You
don’t need a degree or work experience to build your resume. Here are 3 ways to start building
your resume right now. First is to participate in hackathons. Another way is to contribute to
open source projects. And the last but most effective way is to build your own projects.
Today’s video was more about the psychology of resume writing. I did not cover some very important topics
like action verbs you should use, how to write your impact statement and the free
online resources to make a beautiful resume. To learn all these things,
watch this video at the top. My name is Sahil and I will see you in the next one.
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