Applying for a position you have no prior experience in? | 14...

Applying for a position you have no prior experience in? | 14 employers tell you exactly what to put on your resume, in that case!


1. “If you’re applying for an entry-level game design position, we don’t care where you went to school, and we probably don’t care what you’re doing now, but if you are either a) completing mediocre-at-worst games in your spare time or b) one of the best in the world at a game someone on the team has played, we’ll at least call you for a chat.”

2. “Put some of your own coding examples up on GitHub and list the URL on the resume. This goes for ALL coding jobs. I’m quite often left with 10 equal resumes and the differentiator is usually the ones who have bothered to show me sample code.”

3. “Here’s an example for people who do CAD, but can be applied for most skills:
Bad version: CAD Skills: Solidworks
Good version: CAD skills: solid modeling, assemblies, and drafting prints for fabrication using Solidworks

The reasoning why one is better than the other: one tells me nothing about what you can do with solidworks, and everyone in the industry has at least heard of it so throwing it on your resume means next to nothing. Saying specifically what you can do is much better.”

4. “Hard evidence that they not only actually read my job description but their resume speaks directly to the things I’m asking for (with little focus on things I didn’t), usage of terminology that I used (customer care vs. customer service, etc.), free of grammatical/spelling errors, and a less-is-more approach. Match keywords, phrases, and essentially SEO your resume

Often times people are actually a closer fit to a role that they think they may not be, or that they or someone else has talked them out of. For example, if you want a job in an unrelated field, chances are you actually have experience in a lot of things that job may require and you may also have experience in things that show potential in another area. It’s all about how close you can honestly get to the job you want with your current resume. THEN use your cover letter to explain to the manager why you want that job if it isn’t obvious from your experience. Use a paragraph to tell them why you’d succeed even if your experience isn’t exactly what they asked for. It will go a long way, I assure you.”

5. “Customer service: I worked in the Registrar’s Office and software is different no matter which university you work at so I didn’t need someone who “knew the software.” I just needed someone who is still an upbeat person after being yelled at for the tenth time on a bad day. A positive coworker does wonders on those hard days.

Also, a well written resume. Grammar and spelling was a huge plus for me. It shows that you took the time to be professional. Sometimes you get students or faculty or staff members or parents who are extremely angry with you and you have to make sure that you are communicating correctly.

Lastly, languages. Working in a university and knowing more than one language is a huge plus. You will always be an asset.”

6. “Interesting stuff in the “special skills” section. It shows they’re a well rounded person who will be interesting to work with and has enough time management skills to maintain a hobby. And that they have a life outside of work so they won’t burn out.”

7. “I don’t use tracking systems, I don’t use databases or word finding software I actually hold the page in my hand and READ resumes. I look at formatting, I look for obvious lies, I look to see how long it too a person to get from a high school education to a job where they were comfortable if it’s for a job that doesn’t need a degree, if education is necessary I will check HS grad year to when they were out of school and if the timelines don’t add up I’ll ask. I don’t go into an interview process with a person wanting them on their heels right away but I will have answers ready from your resume where I’m looking for you to answer honestly and with confidence. I really don’t care if you were laid off/ sick /having kids but I will look to see if you are going to brush that time off as embarrassment or own it and just move on.

I don’t care if you say ‘team member’ instead of ’employees’ or if you are using corporate lingo. What I want to see is how much you have accomplished in time frames. I can look at your resume and see that in 3 years you went from junior sales at a small franchise to a lead sales position in a multinational, it will say a whole lot more to me than the next guy that was stuck at some mid level position for a decade, because to me it shows that you’re driven and do not want to stay at a certain level in your career.

Side note, don’t be afraid of just putting your everything into a resume for a job that you really want but may not meet the credentials. Never know if it’s someone like myself reading it with the goal of fining trainable passion and not HR guidelines. I have taken risks on passion more than I can count.”

7. “Any mixture of high GPA, participation in student societies, and examples of technical competence. That’s the triple threat. Don’t have that? Its never too late to acquire skills and assets to make yourself look boss.

As far as what to include on a resume without actually bettering yourself as a person? Many people completely undervalue the ‘interests’ section of your resume, especially as a young person or graduate. My wife and I got our first jobs out of uni with interviews where we reached talked about trumpet and SCUBA, respectively, for 20 minutes. For me, it eased the tension, made me relatable, gave me more face time and opportunity to explain what kind of person I am.”

8. “A very good Idea is to use a separate e-mail address not associated to your social media, tailor all resumes to each job-application, if able ask current employees what they had on their resumes or research resumes for the job – industry type. Some people favor quantity over quality but in truth quality and quantity can be achieved with a bit of work.

The resume needs to be written to catch the HR persons eye and the production rep’s eye. You have to illuminate the skills you have that mesh with the job needs as well as how unrelated skills can be turned to in assets to the employer.

OH very important, if you don’t get the job, follow it up with a polite thank you and a request of what you may have done better. Make as many contacts and friends in HR positions as possible this is a great resource and is very often neglected.

This plays in to to old adage “It’s not what you know it’s who you know.” Any leg up or kind word from a HR person is worth a lot.”

9. “I want to see the resume looking very organized. Even if they’ve been working at Walmart, I want to see it explained clearly. I want to be able to find information I’m looking for easily. When I was in college I was taught that my resume should never under any circumstances be more than one page long, and it’s at 4 pages now, about to be 5. I like if someone else isn’t afraid to break the rules and have a bit longer resume.

I like if it’s concise, and not super talky.

I like if the job descriptions are somewhat tailored to show how the experience there applies to the current job, if applicable.

If the person is looking for kind of a career change, I look for a cover letter saying why. I’m in for helping a smart person make a career change if they really want to be working with me for some reason. I’m not in for giving an ordinary person a job because they’re spamming their resume to everybody on two legs.”

10. “Back when I was doing job interviews for programmers, people who had an interest in arcane and off-the-track programming languages would immediately pique my interest. If someone is interested in Haskell or Erlang, chances are they have invested time in getting around the flaws of the more standard languages, have good abstraction abilities and are a bit more creative.”

11. “Personal projects. Portfolio. Proof that they work on their craft during their own time.”

12. “I look for a good font.”

13. “IT hiring manager here: I want to see some evidence of advancement.

If I have two guys, one who got promoted three times in he retail industry and passed the MCSA on their own, vs. one who stayed as a junior sysadmin for 5 years with no promotion, I’m more interested in the candidate with a proven history of advancement.”

14. “Add something that shows your personality. Going through 200 odd resumes can be really boring and occasionally that flash of personality can really help you to stand out.”






Comments are closed.