This marks the groundbreaking of the #RedditResume project. Join us!
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The is the first edition of #RedditResume, which will become an ongoing project.
So what is #RedditResume? First, a little back story.
I really enjoy reading the resumes subreddit (http://reddit.com/r/resumes). It’s a place where people can post their resumes to get critiqued, make edits, and increase their chances at getting a job. It sports over 13,000 subscribers, and has a surprisingly active community. Job seekers are constantly posting resumes to be critiqued — but it’s never too many to prevent anyone from reaching the front page to get advice, and never too little so that the community becomes boring and stagnant.
Simply put, the community is great. People put a lot of time and effort into responding to requests for resume critiques — and they do it for free! It’s an efficient system, and I’m sure it’s helped a significant number of people get more interviews, and even jobs.
So what’s the point?
My goal with #RedditResume is to drive even more interest towards the r/resumes subreddit, and create a place where real professional advice is given freely and consistently. Even now, the community is fairly healthy, but I think it could become a robust space where resume writing professionals and career advisors can showcase their knowledge and skills, engage in collaborative debate, and help people find jobs from start to finish.
Here’s what I’m going to be doing, and what I hope to see others do too:
- If you don’t have one, create a reddit account.
- Subscribe to http://reddit.com/r/resumes
- Respond to resume critiques with in depth and helpful responses
- Post on any social media that you’ve participated in #RedditResume, include a link to your response
- Keep track of the #RedditResume hashtag — add your own tips on other’s responses, give them praise, create debate and discussion, and generally create a positive and collaborative environment
- Upvote the responses that you think are best
- Keep track of the people you’re helping. Are they getting interviews? Did they actually get the job?
I think it could end up being an interesting experiment that could provide a lot of benefit to folks who need it.
Today, I critiqued a resume by a college student studying computer science, hoping to land a software engineering internship. I asked for his permission to reprint his resume here, sans contact details. I’ve also reposted the tips I gave him on Reddit.
The following resume and my tips can be found at this URL: http://www.reddit.com/r/resumes/comments/25f5rk/applying_for_a_software_engineering_internship/
Do you agree or disagree with my tips? Please join the thread and make your own comment!
(Click to expand the resumes)
(Note: I changed the font size to 12 to make the resume more legible, and the contact details to maintain anonymity. Otherwise, it is exactly as originally formatted.)
#RedditResume: Software Engineer Intern Resume Tips
Your resume looks decent, but some making just a few changes would make it look more professional and increase your chances of getting interviewed.
1. Change the intro
Firstly, change the title of your “Objective” section to “Professional Profile”, “Career Summary”, or “Qualifications Summary”. It doesn’t matter which one. Objectives are viewed as outdated.
The content of that introduction section will also need to change. What you’ve written — “To search for a position that will allow me to improve my current programming” won’t inspire anyone to interview or hire you. After all, everyone applying to those positions wants that. So how can you stand out?
Tell the company why you would make a good fit for the job opening you’re applying for. It seems like you’ve got a lot of relevant skills to offer as a software engineer. How many positions are you applying for? Do these positions emphasize having familiarity with the same programming languages and scripting, or different ones?
Target your Professional Profile to reflect how you’ll fill the requirements needed to succeed and excel at the job. Don’t talk about the benefits that you’ll get by being hired.
2. Education comes next
Since you’re currently in school, your education section is more relevant than your professional experience (which currently only consists of volunteer work.)
Your education section looks great otherwise.
3. Next, volunteer experience
Your bullet points are phrased a bit awkwardly. Ideally you’d list more than one responsibility (you have it labeled “responsibilities”).
Maybe be more specific about how you assisted Year 7 students. Begin your bullet points with action verbs. (Try this Longest Action Verb List in the Universe) “Tutored struggling Year 7 students in algebra and reading comprehension” would be better and more specific, for example.
Instead of listing your skills gained, try to develop bullet points that convey how your communication skills improved, and how you demonstrated leadership skills.
4. Change “communication & teamwork” section to “Projects”
Writing a resume without much work experience is tough, so I understand the impulse to create this section.
First, rename it to “Projects”. Next create subheadings denoting individual projects you worked on (go for the major ones you’ve accomplished so far.)
Under those subheadings, create bullet points reflecting tasks that prove your communication and teamwork abilities, and also your skills.
Remove the part about struggling with a team programming task. At least rework it to sound more positive. Try to frame it in terms of working together to solve complex problems, rather than being given a helping hand.
5. Skills: The harder, the better
Right now, your skills section is filled with “soft” skills like teamwork, communication ability, keenness to learn, etc.
As a software engineer, your hard skills are most important. (It’s best to prove that you have soft skills in the bullet points of your Professional Experience / Projects section. They’re more convincing that way.)
Although you listed your skills at the top of your resume in your Professional Profile, I would re-list them. If your resume is read by an Applicant Tracking System (resume reading software), having more relevant skills keywords on your resume will give you a higher chance of getting through the robotic guardian.
6. Get rid of “References Available Upon Request”
This section is not necessary and considered unprofessional to include.
Best of luck to you!
PS. A two page resume is acceptable — increase the font size to 12.
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Do you agree with my tips? Leave a comment! And please, join the #RedditResume Critique Project.