Okay, so this thread is something I have wanted to make for a while.
This thread will serve as a continual workshop for improving your résumé or CV and where you can ask others for advice. I will maintain this thread with updated links for resume examples, templates, resources, FAQ’s, etc.
I’m trying to get out of my current job, and I basically need to rebuild my resume from scratch. My old resume is at home on my desktop, but it is utter garbage, and I wanna start over.
I have a ton of anxiety when it comes to building a resume, because I have no idea what the fuck to put on it. I’m only slightly better off now than I was a few years ago because now I have actual IT experience that I can claim on a resume, and now I also have the benefit of being a team lead or work lead in my current role.
So here are some general questions that I need clarification on, as I haven’t really applied for a job in over 5 years:
What kind of structure should I follow for a resume as far as layout goes?
How far back in work history should I go?
What program or text editor is most helpful for actually typing up a resume?
What else should I include beyond work history and relevant experience?
Should I have a section listing any projects or certifications that I working on or learning outside of work? Examples: Having my own Cisco home lab, running my own file server, home automation, setting up and installing PoE security cameras, etc
How much is too much to put on a resume? Does it all really have to fit on one page?
errr… I guess it depends on who’s looking at it but i’m a firm believer of once you’re past your Mcdonalds stage you leave those jobs off and 1 page is usually sufficient if you’re including a cover letter.
Certs & Edu (most of the time I leave them off because they’re expired and no longer relevant lul)
I’m firmly in the camp of “your resume isn’t your job history”. There are folks that disagree with me, strongly. But I’ve never had issues. I go back five years. As long as it’s relevant.
Microsoft Word hands down. It’s what most people open the resume with (or in the browser with Google Docs). You can export to PDF too.
Projects, interests, hobbies (if they’re unique), education (if it’s relevant). I had a Linux Academy course on my resume at one point because I bet dollars to dicks no one had ever gone through the tedious 60 hours of videos and labs like I had lol. Turns out I was right.
Re: Hobbies – I have a friend that puts he’s a Black Belt in various martial arts. This is not only an eye grabber and talking point for the interview, but it shows he’s disciplined and dedicated. Obviously “read the room” but it’s definitely something you shouldn’t hesitate to put on your resume.
9,001% yes. I have my KVM lab, my sites, my GitHub, major work projects, etc.
Mine is two full pages. Fuck those one page people.
The technical scope at the top is a big deal imo. Everything I’ve read and been told suggests that the bots only hit the top third of the page. It scans for relevant buzzwords. I change it up depending on the job, but I also keep my core skills there
problem is the particular job I want is probably help desk related, but I’m not 100%. all I was told by my contact was just send up my resume. I have no idea what the scope of the job is, so I have no idea what to leave off.
I think this person is going to look at my resume and see what is available, so I am thinking well rounded and all inclusive is best in this particular scenario. And I can always trim it later. That, and this first draft is just mostly a vomited version of everything I could think to add to my resume that might be relevant. Not all of it will stay, but I need something I can look at glance. I sometimes forget what exactly is it that I do on a daily basis, and I’m terrible at putting it into words…