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How to Craft a Resume Targeted for Tech Start-Ups

Start-ups are taking over the hiring landscape, especially as technology becomes more and more accessible. If your goal is to work for a new tech company, here are some steps to take to make your resume more start-up friendly.

Be targeted

Even though start-ups often require you to wear many hats, they want talent that is custom-fitted to their vision. Start with a basic core resume, then customise it to each particular application.

“The start-ups we work with want the best people with very specific skills. Analyse job descriptions to find out exactly what they are asking for and position your resume as the answer to their question.”

— Toby Fowlston, CEO, Asia-Pacific at Robert Walters Group

Emphasise the sort of character traits that start-ups relish. These include self-motivation, a great work ethic, willingness to go the extra mile, passion for the subject matter, collaboration, flexibility and curiosity.

Hone your objective

Make sure you have a clear, concise and creative objective. Don’t simply rely on standard resume templates and their dry verbiage. Describe who you are in unique terms that will catch the attention of a busy CEO.

Summarise why you’re suited for this company’s business and culture. You need to grab their attention, or they’ll likely toss your resume in the circular file.

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Lose the tired lingo

Avoid standard resume buzzwords. Be innovative — even witty — with your wording. Treat your resume like a short story; use action verbs, non-cliché adjectives and synonyms.

For example, instead of “a self-motivated engineer, works well with a team”, use “unusually socially competent engineer who thrives equally well in collaborative scenarios as she does in an isolated corner”.

Prove that you get the culture

Demonstrate a passion for the company’s product, niche, culture and vision. Do your research — including catching up on its social media — then mirror the culture in the tone of your resume.

Proving that you fit in with the culture is one of the key things you can do to demonstrate your suitability.

Flaunt your online presence

If you have a website, personal blog, or social media profiles specifically geared toward the job you’re applying for or the industry you work in, showcase them on your resume. The best way to land a job at a start-up is to be a thought leader.

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Be proud

Don’t be afraid to show confidence about personal successes. Be specific: Don’t just list the programming languages you’re skilled in. Tell your prospective employer about your success stories.

Use a smart filename

Use a file name that includes your own name. When you send your resume to a recruiter or HR person, using your name in the title makes it easy to find.

Be online

In addition to the electronic and paper versions, make sure there’s a comprehensive version of your resume on LinkedIn. If you are a designer and have a portfolio, make sure it’s up to date and ready for the inquiring eyes of potential hiring managers.

Beyond your resume, amp up your profile with recommendations, groups, a great profile photo and regular status updates.

This article was contributed by Robert Walters Singapore.

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