After you have been out of college for a few years, you realize that it’s about time to change your resume (you probably do not want to include classes and other trivial information). Well, you might find yourself asking the question, “what should it look like now?” You could go out there on the webz looking for direction and templates, but sometimes they can be misleading and may not represent the majority opinion.
Well, I figured it’s about time to ask everyone out there what their opinion is; I would like to put together a collection of the comments and opinions from everyone out there and put them together as a coherent set of ideas in a follow up post.
Okay, my last post, “What a Resume Should NOT Look Like“, was meant to be more of a piece of humor; however, it wasn’t taken like that at all.
I ended up taking a verbal beating for my About page instead, which I well deserved. The fact of the matter is that I can’t put crap out there on the internet tubes. I apologize. I was lazy and careless, and I deserve all of the flak.
I modeled the About page off of this template, which was, apparently, the wrong decision.
Here just a few questions that I could come up with:
- What should it look like?
- Plain? Fancy? What fonts? Arrangement? Etc?
- What format should it follow?
- What content? Sections? Cover Sheet? Etc?
- What level of detail should be included?
- Languages? APIs? Concepts? Certifications? Etc?
- How long should it be?
- 1 page? 2 page? 400 page hardcover?
- What types of things are important?
Other things to think about and consider:
- Automatic searching of resumes for 1st round. Do you include as much info as possible, which you can speak honestly and intelligently about, on the resume to make the cut?
- Some places like short resumes (minimalism). Let them ask the questions?
- Change up the design? Make your resume stand out?
I am asking you to seriously think about the answers to the above questions and any other ideas/questions out there that I might have missed.
I am asking you to leave a comment or idea. Please, I believe that everyone would benefit from a popular ideal of SE resumes.
Hiring managers, architects, developers, team leads, program managers, technical fellows, professors… whatever your skill set, I’d like to hear from you!
A Follow Up
Once I have enough comments and ideas, I will post the summed suggestions and some example resumes that you can vote on.
Once the voting is done, I can put together some final guidelines that we all can agree on.
So get involved!
- Please don’t just rant. If you are going to rant, make sure you equally provide a solution to your rant. It takes no effort to complain;however, it does take a little more gray matter to solve.
- Take a minute to search through comments and the ideas posted already. Don’t rehash the past…