How should college seniors write resumes that get interviews in the technology industry?
Technology companies look for college seniors who have demonstrated practical technical expertise by building or contributing to full-stack web and mobile development as well as a strong theoretical grasp on computer science. Examples for the latter would include research publications to academic excellence.
Great pay. Free food. Amazing lifestyle. Welcome to the tech industry, friendly college senior.
In this article, you will find a resume sample that is vouched for by recruiters, tips from a technical recruiter on writing resumes that stand out as a technical college senior and behind-the-curtains insight into how technical recruiter for college grads screen resumes.
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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 technical recruiter for college grads 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 information should I include in the Education section of my resume?
A: Start by including the name of your university and high school. Under university, include your major, GPA, dates attended, the university’s location and any awards/distinctions you may have earned during your time there. Occasionally, folks will also include relevant coursework; if you do this, include the generic name of your course instead of something school specific.
Q: Do I have to include my GPA? What if it’s too low?
A: This is one of the most common questions asked by candidates. The short answer is that we won’t look at your resume if your GPA isn’t listed!
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Q: What information should I include in the Work Experience section of my resume?
A: As a college senior, hopefully you are able to share any relevant internship experience in this section. It’s most impactful to include a one line summary of your role followed by a list of 2-4 accomplishments. Best practice is to include more accomplishments for your most recent internship experience and fewer for the ones that follow.
Q: What if I don’t have any work experience that’s relevant to the tech industry?
A: This may put you at a disadvantage compared to other applicants at the resume stage. However, your best option is to emphasize any skills or accomplishments that are transferrable to the technology industry. For example, if you interned as an architect and used a CAD software during your internship or created a financial model when you were an analyst intern, be sure to bring those up. Those convey an interest in the field and some relevant experience.
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Q: What other information is important to include for jobs in the technology field?
A: For the technology industry, we love seeing project experience. To clarify, I mean technical projects that take place over a few months that required you to take on a technical role. In technical recruiting, this gives us a clear signal that a candidate is able to hit the ground running. For non-technical recruiting, I cannot speak from personal experience, but I would expect it to convey more than a passing interest in our industry.
Q: What is the significance of the Skills section of my resume?
A: Often, this will be one of the first few places we look for on a resume. It gives us a quick indication as to whether this candidate has worked in similar languages or frameworks as our team here. It will also give us an indication as to the level of training you may require to fully get up to speed here.
We hope you found this interview valuable as you continue to adapt your resume.
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