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  • #1 problem I see with resumes

    Posted by Christophe on December 29, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Came across an article that compelled me to write this: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/26/most-impressive-resume-ever-based-on-20-years-of-hiring-and-interviewing.html

    The #1 problem I see with resumes is that people tend to write about responsibilities instead of accomplishments. For example, I’ll see:

    Job A

    • Ran security scans against application code to find vulnerabilities
    • Wrote reports on vulnerabilities found and presented to engineering leadership
    • Etc…

    The problem with that is, as a hiring manager, it doesn’t really tell me anything interesting. I don’t really care that you ran security scans against code to find vulnerabilities. Ask yourself why the person reading your resume would care about what you’re writing. Oh wait, you “Ran security scans against application code which helped reduce critical and high vulnerabilities by 70% over a period of 3 months” – now that’s impressive and that’s exactly what my team needs! Bring this person in for an interview so I can ask them more questions about how they accomplished that!

    Christophe replied 3 years, 4 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • foxtrot_uniform98

    January 8, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Good to know! I’ve been working on my resume over the past year and I continue to try to improvement.

    I think it’s funny that when people ask on how to improve their resume for a specific career field, it always falls back on these simple universal tips!

    • Christophe

      January 8, 2021 at 1:16 am

      This is very true! Of course, there can be specific advice depending on the field, but oftentimes the biggest mistakes are universal like you said!

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