3 Resume Tips From a Technical Talent Acquisition Specialist

Are you applying for a new remote job? In this article, a Technical Talent Acquisition Specialist at Deel offers three tips to help you create an interview-winning resume.

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Written by Deel Team
January 27, 2022
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Are you applying for a new remote job? Like it or not, it’s time to bust out and polish your resume.

Candidates often dislike resumes because it’s near-impossible to distill your entire skill set and work history into just one page. (Spoiler alert: you shouldn’t do this!) But even technical and creative candidates with GitHub repositories and portfolios typically submit resumes.

A 2018 eye-tracking study from Ladders reveals many recruiters make up their mind about a candidate in about 7.4 seconds – about the same amount of time it took you to read that last paragraph. So your resume shouldn’t aim to tell the reader everything about you, just enough to convince them to check out your portfolio and schedule an interview.

Here are three of my top tips to improve your resume, based on what I look for as a Technical Talent Acquisition Specialist at Deel.

1. Use efficient, visually appealing formatting

Walls of text are a chore to read. They also make it difficult for the hiring manager to quickly understand how your experience is relevant to the open position. So, keep your resume to one page and use headers, bullets, and infographics to communicate essential information at a glance.

Candidates often reduce the size of their resume’s text to include as much information as possible. But small text (and text with small spacing) isn’t easily readable. Size is especially important for headers: hiring managers scan your resume, so headers must be more prominent than the rest of the text. Some text-based recommendations:

  • Stick to a standard font like Arial, Cambria, Calibri, Times New Roman, or Helvetica
  • Make all body text 11-12 points and all headers 14-16 points
  • Use 1.0-1.15 line spacing between lines of text and double space after headers

Also, if you choose to include infographics highlighting skills and proficiencies, make them easy to digest. Consider asking a friend to review any visual elements to check that they communicate information clearly.

2. Trim away everything but the key details

Remember, the purpose of your resume is to secure an interview, not a job. Recruiters and hiring managers determine whether your experience is relevant to the job description in a matter of seconds. So, remove any extraneous information better suited for the interview and spotlight the essential details.

For example, a Software Developer could include a technical summary at the top of their resume listing the various programming languages, technology, and tools they have used to show the reader they’re a match for the job.

Include the following – and only the following – in your resume:

  • Personal details (name, contact information, location if applicable)
  • A summary of your technical expertise (2-3 sentences)
  • 2-4 relevant work experiences (company name, dates worked, job titles, achievements, and technology used, if applicable)
  • Relevant education and qualifications
  • Links (GitHub, portfolio, LinkedIn, personal website, and any standout projects)

That means you should leave out long lists of responsibilities, every job you've ever had, details about your hobbies and interests, and irrelevant information about your working styles or soft skills.

3. Tailor your resume to the vacant position

A hiring manager’s job is to fill an open position, not find the most decorated candidate. They want to understand how your skills and experiences could help the team, not read about everything you’ve ever accomplished.

When updating your resume, use the language of the job description. Don’t regurgitate the job description word for word, but use the description’s keywords when describing your skills and experience.  

Of course, you may not always have time to rework your resume from top to bottom for each new application. But before you submit, spend a few minutes tweaking the language to fit each job description, expanding on areas most relevant to each position, and deleting ones that aren’t. 

Treat your resume like a reverse job description

A great resume and a great job description have a lot in common. Consider the qualities you look for in a job description – a hiring manager will appreciate those same qualities in your resume.

Imagine a job description consisting of long walls of text that don’t clearly explain the job or the experience the company’s looking for. You likely wouldn’t apply. Likewise, a hiring manager will probably pass over your application if they can’t quickly understand your skills and experiences and how they match the vacancy.

Best of luck with the job hunt! Apply these skills, and you’ll be one step closer to getting the call you’ve been waiting for. And if you’re interested in working at Deel, specifically, check out our post on how to land a job at Deel.

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