Dear future data scientist, or resume enthusiast.
Are you applying for a job, but want to stand out and make the perfect first impression? Then you have come to the right place!
In our previous article on the topic, we put a lot of work into these recommendations and tips. They are valid, specific, and – what we carefully worked towards – easy to implement. We can say this with certainty: you will be one head and a pair of shoulders above the average candidate if you roll up your sleeves and put what you will learn here in your resume!
We’ll start by talking about e-mail etiquette and keywords, we’ll go through the STAR format and ATS and we’ll finish off with an awesome resume design resource we recently found and became massive fans of. It’s called onlineresumes.us and they offer free custom resume templates. Feel free to Scroll down to the end if you just want this goodie (although you will be missing out some awesome stuff).
OK, dear reader now is the time to get your workbook and start taking notes!
As Cenedella, CEO of TheLadders.com, says “Your resume is an advertisement targeted at your future boss, so you should write it in a way that appeals to them.”
What he is aiming to point out here is that you, as an applicant, should try to put yourself in the shoes of someone at least two levels above your current role who is incidentally also the hiring manager.
The question here is how can you do this like a PRO? Follow our guidelines and you’ll be well on your way:
1. Have you ever heard of email etiquette?
We are sure that there are people in this world who still use their very first email, which is often something like email@example.com. We are also sure you are not one of those people, right? Essentially, if you want your resume to signify that you are a qualified potential employee, try to include a professional-looking email address — nothing silly or personal, and definitely not your current work email address either.
2. Do you live far from the company’s location?
This is something to keep in mind before including your home address. Nowadays, it’s largely unnecessary and the chances of this hurting your prospects instead of scoring an interview, are higher.
3. Are you wondering what skills you want to include in your resume?
A great idea is to look at the job description for the position you are applying for. Here you will see which skills matter the most and help you prepare your skills list without adding any irrelevant expertise you might have. What‘s more, analyzing the job description can help you determine what specific problem the employer is trying to solve by hiring you, their shining new employee. You guessed it, make sure that your resume demonstrates that you can solve their problem. Of course, there are certain data science skills that will put you at the top of any employer’s list (and you can find them in our definitive data science career guide).
4. Do you want to impress your future boss?
It’s natural to want to make yourself look good, but try to avoid descriptors like “hard-working,” “self-motivated,” etc. — these terms are vague and generic. In this line of thought, it is not a good idea to exaggerate. Do yourself a favor and be honest, because the truth always comes out sooner or later.
5. Are you tired of the ATS Bots?
Applicant Tracking System Bots are not that hard to get through. When considering how to write your resume remember that simplicity is the key. Figure out the most used keywords from the job description or from a site such as this one. Then try to account your experience accurately, allowing your writing to flow logically while still employing as many of the keywords as possible.
Note: A chronological resume is the most likely to be accurately scanned by an ATS.
6. Have you ever heard of the STAR format?
STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result.
- Situation: Define the general context.
- Task: Identify the key objective.
- Action: Describe the action you took or initiated, emphasizing the skills you used to complete the task.
- Results: Summarize the outcome in business terms.
What you will achieve by using this format, is a concise report of your experience. It shows the reader exactly what it needs to without the waffle.
7. Have you ever worked as a volunteer?
If you don’t have enough professional experience, you might consider including useful and informative filler information about your character. Volunteer work is a great fill. Do not be afraid to list any volunteer work you’ve done. Just make sure that it’s relevant to the job you’re applying for. A perfect resume could include the name of the organization and its website URL, the positions you held, your years of involvement, and your responsibilities and contributions to the non-profit organization. If you’re new to the workforce, include any campus activities or clubs in which you were active.
8. Do you know that numbers matter?
Whenever you can use concrete data points — it helps provide recruiters with the scope and context of your work and demonstrates how you contributed to the bottom line. Put! A! Number!
“Your resume is for experience and accomplishments only. It’s not the place for subjective traits, like “great leadership skills” or “creative innovator”, says Alison Green in U.S. News & World Report.
Remember that you should always try to quantify your accomplishments.
9. Is your resume likeable?
Get as many people as you can to read your resume, including trusted friends, former colleagues, and mentors. If you know a recruiter, that’s even better. You can also ask someone who just landed a job similar to the one you’re aiming for — they’ve likely worked on their resume recently and can share insights.
10. How about creating your own CV template?
There are a lot of platforms online, who offer you the opportunity to create a stylish template on your own. However, we have our eyes on www.onlineresumes.us. What Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter says: “The pre-made resume templates offered on word processing programs like Microsoft Word just scream “template,”. If you feel like a Job Seeker, why don’t you try creating your own online resume and an outstanding PDF version completely for free?
Onlineresumes.us have two more options available. For $9.99, JOB HUNTER allows you to make 3 different online and PDF resume versions. The highlight here is that you can make multiple versions of your resume in order to tailor them to each application and job that you are applying for. It is important not to use the same generalized resume for each application, as tailoring it will increase your chances of getting an interview. You can also upload your own photos. Additionally, you have access to more PDF templates and you can protect your online resume with a password. It’s just another way to secure your future!
The JOB HUNTER + COACHING plan has all the same capabilities as the JOB HUNTER account on top of additional features such as a personalized domain name (e.g. your-name.com), resume writing services and coaching from an active recruiter. This plan will cost you $99.99.
And here we are.
This is the end of our punchy list with pro tips and tricks.
Excellent! The Resume, with capital R, can be a powerful gateway to individuality and innovation, and thus can be shaped to reflect your best side. I hope this a little different point of view will help you to write your resume. You’re going to do great and you’ll be well on your way to getting that job you want. Don’t forget to have fun along the way and keep checking our site for more information and new data science courses!