We’d like to welcome our newest JobsBlogger Kevin Lamsback who has a lot of experience hiring for core tech roles at Microsoft. Over to you Kevin:
It can seem like every friend, family member and colleague thinks they know “the right way” to write a resume. Unfortunately, much of their advice can be misguided or advice that doesn’t pertain to Microsoft or the tech industry. Since the resume is often your gateway to recruiters, let’s talk through a few basic tips that can help you catch a Microsoft recruiter’s attention.
Fixing some simple mistakes and presenting your best “first impression” can lead to our recruiters spending more time with YOUR resume…thus, increasing your odds of a phone call, interview and ultimately an offer to join one of the most exciting companies in the world. (MICROSOFT!)
1) The One Page Resume Myth
Okay, maybe this works in some industries… but we’re talking “tech” here and when it comes to Microsoft, we “sweat the details” so give me all the juicy specifics as long as they apply to the role in question. Personally, I recommend going into detail for at least the last five to seven years of your career, from there, it’s safe to hit cruise-control, but not at the expense of leaving anything pertinent off the resume. For example: just how big was that cross platform migration to Exchange?
2) The Ambiguous Objective Statement
While this can be a helpful tool, it’s really a waste of prime resume real estate. Save the ambiguous “objective statement” for the cover letter. I would prefer you use this space for a hard-hitting summary that includes anywhere from 8 – 15 bullets which highlight key attributes, wins, skills, certifications or metrics that make a solid case for why we should drop everything and call you right now!
3) Format vs. Content
Yes, it’s true…it’s the content that really counts…but would it be too much to ask for you spend the extra 15 seconds it takes to “select all” and choose your favorite font and font size? Seriously. This is way more common than you might expect and it’s something that often makes recruiters wonder if you have the “attention to detail” required to be successful in a complex and demanding environment.