How should non-technical recent grads write resumes that get interviews in the technology industry?
To stand out as a non-technical recent grad, your resume needs to focus on metrics surrounding your desired role. If you are applying for a sales position, articulate how much you increased sales at your last job, how many leads you were responsible for and any qualitative impacts you made to their sales strategy.
If you’re a non-technical recent grad looking for a job, be sure to look at roles in the tech industry! Most people are surprised to learn that the majority of roles at these companies require no coding experience.
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 non-technical recent grad, how to properly highlight your education & work experience and behind-the-curtains insight into how general recruiter screen resumes.
There are over 7.3M 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 stands out in the education portion of a resume?
A: For us, we’re interested in whether the candidate has completed a rigorous course of study in an area that’s relevant to the open job req. An example of a good marketing analyst, solely based on education, would be a candidate with a 3.6+ GPA in a business or economics field of study.
Q: Do I have to include my GPA? What if it’s too low?
A: 100% include your GPA. It’s a common field that recruiters have to submit back to the company.
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Q: What information should I include in the Work Experience section of my resume?
A: Include all work experience (paid, unpaid, full-time, part-time, etc.) that is relevant to the role you are applying for. Try including a 1 sentence summary of your role followed by 3-4 bullet points for each experience. In the Venn Diagram of experience you have within the tech industry as well as experience you have similar to the role you’re applying for, you should aim to be right in the middle. Perhaps leaning a bit more towards role if you have the option.
Q: What if I am not technical?
A: That’s ok. Plenty of open job reqs for non-technical positions, just like in any other company.
Want to see a great example of a work experience section on a resume? View, personalize and download Climb’s professional resume format.
Q: What have other non-technical candidates done to stand out through their resumes?
A: Interestingly, their resumes follow straightforward, to-the-point formatting. They are able to stand out by clearly laying out the experiences that they’ve had and are able to follow it up with a cover letter or referral letter that speaks to their ability to perform well in the role they are applying for. Sadly, there is not a formula that works every time.
Q: What is the appropriate length of a resume?
A: One page.
We hope you found this interview valuable as you continue to adapt your resume.
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