How should business majors write resumes that get interviews in the technology industry?
When recruiters at technology companies look at a business major’s resumes, they are looking for someone that understands finance, marketing, sales and the interplay between them all. Increasingly, they are also keeping an eye out for business majors that speak the language of tech.
Business majors and tech go together like peanut butter & jelly. You think we’re kidding but we’re really not! To accomodate the demand of the tech industry, business schools like Wharton have created Technology concentrations for their business students.
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 business major, 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 information should I include in the Education section of my resume?
A: Under education, you should include the basics like school name, date started, date ended, majors, GPA and any distinctions. If this is your first or second job after college, you can also include bits about your high school (i.e. GPA, class rank and SAT or ACT test scores).
Q: How are business majors treated by the tech industry?
A: As an applicant, you are taken most seriously for positions in our analyst positions in finance, marketing, sales and customer success. We rely on the success of these job functions to keep our company stable (and growing) so they are treated no better than or worse than employees in other job functions.
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Q: What counts as relevant work experience?
A: Anything within those areas mentioned above (finance, marketing, sales and customer success) would serve as relevant work experience.
Q: What if none of my work experience was in tech?
A: That’s ok. Since the work you’ll be doing isn’t necessarily going to be tech-oriented, a background in the industry is not mandatory. It is, however, necessary to have a deep understanding of how the industry works and a reason for wanting to join both the industry and the company you apply for.
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Q: How can I stand out in the tech industry?
A: Showcase, through quantifiable evidence, how you’ve increased business metrics at other companies on an absolute or relative basis. The folks that will stand out, as my boss once told me, are folks that have a history of standing out.
Q: Should I put Microsoft Excel on my resume?
A: You should include Microsoft Excel as a skill on your resume if you have experience with some of it’s more advanced capabilities i.e. VBA.
We hope you found this interview valuable as you continue to adapt your resume.
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