How should humanities majors write resumes that get interviews in the technology industry?
When tech companies look at the resumes of humanities majors, they start by evaluating the candidate’s track record of success. The starting point is the GPA; does it rank in the top quartile? Next, they will look at how the candidate’s prior work experience ties with the role they are applying for. There are more links than one would think between, let’s say, teaching English for a summer in Ghana and the open positions that a company like Microsoft has open.
Humanities majors are frequently asked what they will do with their degrees. While the options are vast for what economics, philosophy and English majors will do in the world, the possibilities become endless when the apply their skillset to the technology industry.
In this article, you will find a resume sample that is vouched for by recruiters, tips from a general recruiter on how to write a resume that stands out as a humanities major, how to properly highlight your education & work experience and behind-the-curtains insight into how general recruiter screen resumes.
There are over 223k open positions in this industry posting an average salary of $92000. The technology industry is prominent in U.S. cities like San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and Austin with global hubs in Bangalore, Beijing and Berlin. Similar to other industries, the largest filter of candidates happens in the stage between applications and interviews.
Below, you will find excerpts of an interview with a general recruiter who will break down each section of the resume, share a brief overview of what stands out to them and provide bullet point examples you can use as you adapt your own resume.
Given that these professionals spend 6 seconds per resume, every bullet of every section has an important role to play in securing interviews.
Q: What goes under the resume’s Education section?
A: Include 2 items about the most recent schools you have attended. For example, undergraduates should put their undergraduate institution and high school. On the other hand, graduate students should include their graduate school and undergraduate school. For these schools, include your area of study, GPA, dates attended and any awards you may have earned during your time at that institution.
Q: How are humanities majors treated by the tech industry?
A: The study of humanities blends quite well with the tech industry. As the industry expands into areas outside of core-software and hardware, humanities majors are well suited to help companies better understand and question new market opportunities, think through ethical situations and serve in customer-facing capacities.
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Q: What counts as relevant work experience?
A: Experience that demonstrates mastery of a given set of skills that will be relevant in the role you are applying for.
Q: What if none of my work experience was in tech?
A: That is ok. Industry experience is not something my team of recruiters expects from first or second time job seekers. Focus on the strengths you do have and that will help us make an informed decision about your candidacy.
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Q: How can I stand out in the tech industry?
A: Work hard and have a voracious appetite for learning. Your first years in the workforce are bound to expose you to new industry trends, new ways of working in teams and difficult challenges. Embrace it and you will excel.
Q: What interests make sense to put on a resume?
A: This is one of my favorite sections to review. You want to pick a few items that are not so general (i.e. sports) that they could apply to just about anyone. These should be items that showcase that you have hobbies outside of work and could spark an interesting conversation. A simple example would be someone that wrote that they are interested in climbing 7 of the world’s largest mountains.
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