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 =Resume, interview and other tips= 


Resume tips

  • Some people make their resume as a list of positions they have held in the past. We recommend that you think of a resume as a comprehensive marketing brochure that highlights your strengths.
    Think carefully about every word that goes into your resume and don't hesitate to rewrite it multiple times until you are satisfied with the result. Put yourself in a hiring manager's shoes - read your resume and look for areas that can be improved.
    While compiling a list of projects you've worked on, try to recall stories and details associated with specific projects that would positively display your qualities. You will bring them up when an interviewer asks you for examples to demonstrate certain skills.
  • Do you have your 30 second elevator speech? Make one and practice until you are comfortable presenting it. It may worthwhile to make a video so you can share it if needed.
  • Do emphasize your multitasking skills in your resume. They are especially valued in tough economic times. Many employers would prefer to have one person with multiple talents over several people with more narrow skill sets.
  • Show prospective employers that you are not the type of person who says: "That is not my job". A good engineer should be able to handle different engineering tasks even beyond the job description.
  • Should you include a standard phrase that you are willing to learn?
    This phrase may call attention to your inexperience and the possibility you will need to be trained. In most cases a manager looks for an engineer who requires minimal training.
    On the other hand, engineering job involves constant training and self education, so you may emphasize that you are passionate about your work and enjoy learning.

  • Should you add photo to your resume? Not a bad idea! It will surely add more personality to your resume and demonstrate self confidence. Concerned about being judged by the way you look? Don't be. The interviewer will most likely "google" you, check on social networks trying to gather more information.


Cover letter

In general people try to keep a cover letter short, where basically, you are telling why you are a good fit for the position. In a few phrases you should convince the hiring manager that it is worth their time to look at your resume.

Thank you letter

It is OK to follow up after interview with a thank you letter. If the interviewer provides his contact information you can send an e-mail thanking him for taking time to meet with you. Gifts, postcards, flowers may not be appropriate.


How to dress for a job interview

  Though the dress code in many high-tech companies in Silicon Valley may be quite relaxed, you do not want to make a bad first impression by not dedicating enough attention to this important aspect of the interview. Some people say that confidence and strong technical skills would outweigh a sloppy appearance. While this might be true, we think that dressing professionally would show that you care about the outcome of the interview and would help you make a positive impression. Make sure your shoes are polished, your fingernails are clean, your tattoos and body piercings are not showing. Your perfume and jewelery should be minimal and no gum or candy in your mouth. The expression on your face should demonstrate that you are having a great day and that you are happy to be there! It may be a good idea to do a mock interview in front of a camera until you gain confidence.
Useful phrases for your resume/interview:

  • ...when I have unfinished things at work, I can't stop thinking about solving the problem even after work. Running in the background in my head, sometimes it strikes me , and I get problem solved.
  • ...at my present job I feel like I am just practicing my skills rather than acquiring new knowledge.
  • ... I think I am good for this job because at every place, that I worked before, I had a significant positive impact: people are still using tools that I created, projects that I was involved in, progressed to production stage.
  • We have heard suggestions against overused buzzwords in resume, such as "team player", "fast-paced environment", "proven track record", "problem solver" pointing that these phrases may appear empty to potential employers. While this may be true, these words, on the other hand, become shortcuts that bring you right to the point. So, it is up to you which style to choose.


What to do if your job applications don't result in interviews?

  The average job search statistics is that every 100 sent out resumes result in 10 phone or personal interviews which in turn result in 1 job offer.
What if no one is calling you back?
Here are some things you can do:
  • Ask someone to review and critique your resume.
  • Sit down and think about the new strategy. For example, rather than shooting off dozens of resumes blindly, make a list of 20-40 companies you would like to work for and check out regularly their web site career section - they may have open positions not listed outside.
    Ask your friends or other connections if they have any contacts in those companies. When you get inside contacts you may even try to deliver your resume in person. It is the fact that people would likely hire people they know - it is just more comfortable.