How should not-so-technical coding school grads write resumes that get interviews in the technology industry?
If you are a coding school grad feeling less-than-confident about your technical skills, there is opportunity for you yet. Employers have over 30,000 open positions for individuals who have technical expertise somewhere between ‘none’ and ‘ninja.’ Stand out by showcasing your projects followed by technical demonstrations.
Getting into a coding school is challenging enough. Propelling that momentum into a full-time job requires a candidate to both clever and practical about designing their resume for maximum impact.
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 not-so-technical coding bootcamp grad, 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: If I am applying for non-technical roles, should I include the coding school on my resume?
A: Applicants often forget that the main purpose of a resume is landing the interview. In order to land the interview, we need to feel that you, via your resume, are so abundantly obviously a good fit for the role we have open. If you are applying for a role that’s even slightly technical or has a technical bent i.e. product manager, I would recommend including your coding bootcamp experience. If you happen to be applying for a role that has very little to do with coding i.e. account management in sales, I would recommend that you include other experience that highlight your sales prowess more than your coding skills.
Q: What about my coding experience can help me in my search for a non-technical role?
A: Coding bootcamp graduates have a big advantage when it comes to applying for slightly technical roles at technical companies. Usually, they are competing with purely non-technical recent college graduates for the entry-level jobs. With their coding background, they are able to speak the same language as other folks in the organization and, importantly, with the customer that’s using our products.
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Q: What should I put in the professional experience portion of my resume?
A: I would recommend including 2-4 unique work experiences. These should highlight achievements that relate to the role you are applying for. In other words, if you are applying for a sales role, they should include information about your close rate, retention rate as well as your success in working with marketing, customer success, etc.
Q: What does the tech industry value as far as previous work experience goes?
A: Of course, I cannot speak for the industry as a whole but, like any industry, it is advantageous to have evidence of prior interest in the industry whether it be through work, research or volunteer experience. Within each of these, I love to see candidates that list out their achievements with specific numbers backing up their claims.
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Q: Where should my project experience be mentioned?
A: Many candidates will create a header called Project Experience where they will list out their projects and significant accomplishments within each. Be sure that these relate either to the industry or to the specific non-technical role you are applying for.
Q: What are your thoughts on resume format?
A: Don’t go overboard here. Stick with a simple format that lists our your education, professional and project experience in a clear, easily navigable way. Climb resumes should do the trick just fine.
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