How should computer science majors write resumes that get interviews in the technology industry?
Recruiters and software engineers look at a computer science major’s resume before they are given an interview. In their resume, they are looking for a format that demonstrates professionalism. From there, they look at experience working on software projects that are either large or are growing rapidly.
Over 35,329 CS degrees are awarded yearly. This number is expected to grow by 24.4% next year. Graduates can no longer rest on their laurels and expect to be handed a job. Those days are over (sadly). Now, graduates must impress from their resume to their final interview.
In this article, you will find a resume sample that is vouched for by recruiters, tips from a technical recruiter on how to write a resume that stands out as a computer science major, how to properly highlight your education & work experience and behind-the-curtains insight into how technical recruiter screen resumes.
There are over 223000 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 technical 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: Compared to other candidates, is there anything specific I should write under Education in my resume?
A: You should highlight the fact that you are a Computer Science major. If you have won any hackathons, published any research papers or have otherwise earned CS distinctions, you should certainly highlight them.
Q: As a CS major entering tech, am I likely to be looked over?
A: From my experience, this is not likely. In fact, I have not heard of that being the root cause. The most likely scenario was that we elected to interview another CS major who had a stronger profile than that of yours. The strength of their profile would rest on their academic performance, previous work performance or their having been referred by a current employee.
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Q: Do all my work experiences have to include software engineering?
A: No, they do not. It does help for your work experience to overwhelmingly lean towards software engineering so there is no doubt in our mind as to your career interests (at least at the present time).
Q: Do my own projects fall under the Work Experience category or something different?
A: They do not fall under the Work Experience category. You should create a separate category called Projects or Project Experience to highlight these. If available, be sure to link to demo videos or a public code base for our engineers to review.
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Q: Do I need a resume if I can code?
A: Yes. We are looking at your full profile when we make a decision to interview and then when we deliberate as to whether or not to hire you. Fortunately or unfortunately, this does not solely rest on your coding ability. We love team players, folks that thrive in ambiguous situations and other qualities that a coding test does not capture.
Q: What languages or frameworks should I list on my resume?
A: You should include the languages and frameworks that you would be comfortable playing around with during a coding exercise. Bonus points if these match or are very similar to the technology stack that the company you are applying for uses.
We hope you found this interview valuable as you continue to adapt your resume.
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