Picking the Best Startup Job ReferencesBy Chris Muir
Picking a good reference for any job deserves some careful thought, but it's extra important when you're up for a job at a startup.
A little over two months ago, we opened underdog.io to candidates. In that time, we’ve seen A LOT of resumes.
Here are some things, both good and bad, that we’re noticing:
No need to say you’re “proficient in Microsoft Office.” That’s a given.
There’s a sweet spot for the “interests” section of a resume - somewhere in between something super specific & weird (cat herding) and something so general that it makes you seem boring (sports, movies, music).
Make sure your links aren’t broken. Surprisingly common.
If you need visa sponsorship, say so on your resume. It’s an easy conversation made easier by upfront disclosure.
Ditch the school resume after you’ve graduated; we know that the career office forces you to use it, but after you graduate it looks like another template.
If you’re creative, please show it. But don’t go crazy.
If you’re not creative, take the time to find someone who is. Pay them, bribe them - do whatever it takes to get someone with design chops to spend a little time with your resume.
When writing job bullets, quantify your value. “I ran a team” can be changed to “I ran a team of X…”
Create a small web-presence to supplement your resume. Even if you don’t have a blog, a portfolio, a website, or a github, build something. About.me or Striking.ly are a great start. And include your Twitter/LinkedIn profiles if you can.
If you’re a dev, include links to your side projects. They show who you are and what interests you.
Once you’re ready to look for a new opportunity in NYC, and your resume is on point, drop your info.
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