How to Make Your Resume Stand Out From the Rest | Programming Tip by Tim Buchalka

How to Make Your Resume Stand Out From the Rest | Programming Tip by Tim Buchalka


– So how do you make your resume stand out from the hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of other people competing for a job? Let’s talk about that in today’s video. (upbeat electronic music) Welcome back, my name is Tim Buchalka with another programming tip of the day. And the question was how
do you make your resume stand out of the crowd? Because one of the things
that you’ll come across when you’re actually looking for a job and applying for jobs, is
there’s lots of other people obviously doing the same thing. And if you think about
from the other perspective, somebody who’s looking to hire someone, they’ve gotta look through these resumes. So one of the key things is to try and make yourself stand out. So how do you actually
make yourself stand out? Well firstly, try not
to do an obvious thing which is obviously a
lot of programmers do, and that’s to just grab a
template off the internet and that’s just change that slightly, put in your own personal details and a few other things
about any experience and what you’ve studied,
and send it through. The danger with that is
if it looks very similar to other peoples’ resumes, chances are you’re not going to stand out. Well in fact you’re not
going to stand out are you? Because how are you going to stand out unless somebody’s actually reading through every resume in detail. And I’m gonna give you
a tip right here now about how your resume is
viewed by perspective employer, it’s called scanning. And they’ll grab your resume, they’ll have a quick look through, and they’re looking for keywords, and something that grabs their attention. If they don’t find that, in their opinion after that quick scan you’re very similar to
a lot of other people who have actually applied. You’ll either get binned, or you won’t be taken out of the pile. If you aren’t taken out of the pile chances are it’ll be very hard to stand out and actually
get an interview. So you really do need to
make yourself stand out. So first things first, make sure you don’t copy off a template. You know there’s templates out
there that you can download, just do a search for resume templates you’ll find hundreds of
Microsoft word documents, or whatever. So don’t do that, number one. But secondly, try and focus on what you want the
prospective employer to see. Does he really care that
you’ve had three jobs that aren’t programming related? Chances are he probably
isn’t interested in that. He or she wants to know
whether you are a good match for their organisation. So therefore, try and put
that information up front. So focus on the reasons that you think you’re a good match for this organisation. Are you certified? Have you done some certifications? Have you completed some computing courses? Have you looked at GitHub
and perhaps found a project and contributed to that project? That should be something
you’re focusing on. Number one, talk about the technologies that you’ve had experience with. These are the types of things that someone scanning through a resume will look at, and hopefully that will stand out to them, and they can grab it and at then at least you’ll warrant further attention. So make sure you try and
really sell yourself. But focus it again, this is not about you, this is really important, when you’re writing a
resume it’s not about you. It’s about the employer. So write your resume from
the employer’s perspective. Just really the easiest way to do it, this is what I used to do
when I used to apply for jobs, I used to try and imagine myself as the employer reading my resume. And what am I getting out of this resume, what’s standing out for me, and give me a reason in other
words is what I’m saying, when I’m scanning through that resume to actually want to speak to you. So focus on that. Focus on giving the information
that the employer needs. And another thing you can do is try not to make it a 12
page or a 15 page resume. I’ve seen huge resumes. One or two pages is probably
the maximum you need. Now depending on the job, if you’re obviously going for a job that requires all sorts
of extensive experience then perhaps you need to pad it out. But I would actually stick
to a pretty basic resume. And the other thing I
would recommend you do is to tailor the resume for the position you’re
actually applying for. As an example of that, let’s just say you’re
applying for three jobs. One job is a Java developer,
one is a C# developer, and the third one is a
C++ development position. They’re three different languages, and you happen to know these languages, so the best way to do
that is not to give them a cookie-cutter generic template, but rather to give them a
resume, or I said template, but a resume that is
actually really set up for that particular language. So if you’re going for a Java position, a Java entry level position
or what ever it is, the word Java should be heavily used at the top of the resume and
really really emphasised. So it should be really clear to the person who is reading your
resume that you know Java. So that’s really the tip here
is what I’m trying to say even though it takes a lot of extra work, or can be potentially a lot of extra work from your perspective, if you’re customising your
resume for the position that’s going to give
you a greater likelihood at least it’s getting to the next stage where you can present your case
so to speak at an interview. So try customising your
resume to fit the position that you’re actually applying for. So all of these things are really trying to just get you to the next step. So keep in mind the purpose of a resume isn’t to get you the job, the purpose of a resume
is to get that interview. Once you get to an interview
then there’s other techniques you need to start looking
at to present well in an interview. So if you focus on that
and think the one task of your resume is just
to get to that interview, to get noticed, to get someone
to take interest in you, you’re half way there. And greatest way of looking at this, the easiest way to maximise your chances, is just to think of this from
the employer’s perspective. Once you’ve finished your resume, just before you go to send it out, pretend you’re the employer
reading through your resume. Is it an enticing read? Will they be interested
in working with you or contacting you once
they’ve read the resume? So good luck with it. And focus on that and it will
greatly increase your chances of getting the interview. Because I can tell you right now, having read through literally
thousands of resumes over the years, most people applying
for a job don’t do this. That’s a secret tip there. Good luck with it and I’ll
see you in the next video. Alrighty, so I hope that helped. If you’ve got any questions feel free to leave a comment and
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6 thoughts on “How to Make Your Resume Stand Out From the Rest | Programming Tip by Tim Buchalka

  • Good afternoon. At the moment I am following the udemy java masterclass course and in the near future I wish to work as a software development. I want to create a few programs and add them to the resume. Would that be a good idea? And if yes, can you recommend some project ideas or would it be good idea to add the solution from the course challenges?

  • Hi, can you give more tips about a good resume? What keywords should be used in a programmer resume? How a technology-based resume is structured

  • Hello Tim. First and foremost, a big thanks for putting so much effort in creating all of the content which helps all of us in our programming journey.
    I have a question about the content I should put in my programmer CV.
    You did mention that we should be concise and stick to what the company needs.
    However, for the last decade, my profession has mostly revolved around 3D design, graphic design and digital art, and in the last 1-2 years I've been slowly making transition towards a programming profession.
    Since I'm in my mid-thirties now, when putting together a CV for a developer position, after highlighting skills which are essential for the recruiter, should I mention what was my profession prior to programming in the last few lines of my resume, or should I leave that out completely?
    Thank you in advance.

  • Watch Tim's Free Learn to Code Course on Youtube!
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXtTjtWmQhg0N08o_oSaAantmQAu-1Xad

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