A resume is a short, typically one page, document designed to capture why you are a competitive applicant. Often, a resume is the recruiter’s first impression of you. It’s a great opportunity to present a clear, concise image of why you are the candidate to interview. A resume isn’t your LinkedIn; it’s not an essay, and it’s not a catalog of everything you’ve ever done since birth. Instead, think about a resume as a one page vessel carefully crafted to display your skills and achievements most relevant to your job of choice. Most importantly – you’ve got limited space! Now is a stellar opportunity to showcase your ability to edit, write intentionally, and be detail oriented. Below we’ve outlined guidelines to make sure your resume stands out and reflects your best attributes.
Michael got his first computer around age 10. It was, typical of the early ’90s, a clunky desktop with a hard drive of 100 MB, what seemed to him like an infinite amount of space that one could never fill up. Michael did fill up part of that family computer’s hard drive as he dabbled away at writing programs. Yes, even at age 10, Michael’s path to professional web developer unfurled before him. “I was the kid who was never asked, what are you going to be when you grow up?” he said. “I just knew, and everyone else knew.”
Chris Sunsong, a Udacity Data Science student, wrote a detailed review about our Data Wrangling with MongoDB data science course and its final project, both part of our Data Analyst Nanodegree curriculum. He provides great insight into the course experience, but what does his experience mean for you?
Last year, Udacity, Georgia Tech and AT&T announced a partnership to provide the online Masters Degree in Computer Science. There are currently 2,400 students enrolled in 13 classes, but we know that there are many more talented students who can benefit from the content created in partnership with Georgia Tech and AT&T. Today, we are proud to announce all of the OMSCS courses are now available for free on our platform.
This is my third career change: I joined the Army out of an engineering school, and did anything BUT engineering. I went into robotics after two combat tours and five years of service, doing anything BUT robotics. And most recently, I decided to learn how to code and build a startup. Udacity filled a very important gap for me because at 29 years-old, I didn’t want to go back and do another four-year undergrad degree. I’m sure many other people out there can sympathize with that. Personally, it was the best route to accomplish exactly what I wanted to do.
Recruiters use LinkedIn increasingly to connect with candidates. Whereas your resume highlights your career at a glance, LinkedIn paints a vivid portrait of you, no matter what your background. Since many industry leaders are active contributors to LinkedIn’s community – LinkedIn also gives you the chance to create a personal brand, be accessible to potential employers, and gain insights on industry trends. A strong LinkedIn profile is a powerful tool to have, but is your profile doing everything you need it to do?
I do not believe the path from the stage presenting my hackathon project to sitting behind the judges desk is by any means a magical process with a secret formula but rather a series of small commitments that have been applied consistently over the last couple years. Self discovery is great, but if I could go back in time, these are the things I would tell my new programmer self to start doing immediately.