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How To Get Your Resume On One Page


1. Q: How do I get my resume down to one page?

A: Be ruthless in your editing! Intensively edit yourself. There are also 1-page templates you can find online that can help you stick to a single page. Spend time, pull pieces out and focus on "how does this relate to this job description?" Do these things especially if you've been working for a long time.

2. Q: Which items should I cut from my resume?

A: There are several easy cuts that can be made to even the best of resumes including: accomplishments and awards unrelated to your field or the desired field you want to be in, "in-training" language, irrelevant and out-of-date job experience, outdated skills that are almost universal, generic filler words (references upon request, team player, goal-oriented).

3. Q: Which items should I include on my resume?

A: Tell a story and tell it well. Then, take it a step further by showing not just telling. Link to specific projects. Make it easy for recruiters to get your skills. Quantify you accomplishments with stats and numbers. For example, how much time did you save your team with a new tool? How much revenue did you help increase?

4. Q: How do I address the gap in my work history?

A: Do your research and brush up on new skills that will expand on your previous experience to stay current. If you've taken time off to raise kids, help family, etc, it's OK to share that information. Use the time to stay competitive by volunteering and taking courses. Proactively explaining your work gap prevents hiring managers from guessing erroneously about why you weren't working.

5. Q: What's the formula for a perfect resume, cover letter or cover email?

A: Always be closing. A-B-C. Focus on what will make you shine to a hiring manager. The successful ones are easy for the reader to read, are an email instead of attachment and are short, specific and interactive, striking the right tone. Focus on your hiring manager's unmet needs. Cut down on everything except what you bring to that specific role.

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How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.

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5 Things All Product Managers Should Do for Their Engineers (And Vice Versa)

Tips from SeatGeek's Anuja Chavan

When Anuja Chaven turns on a fan in her house in Jersey City, she can't help but think about how every piece of it works.

"There are an extensive amount of things that have to go perfectly at the same time," says the former engineer (and current product manager at live event ticketing platform SeatGeek).

It was that interest in understanding how things actually worked that drove Anuja to study engineering—first electrical, during her undergrad in India, and then computer science, during her master's program in the U.S.

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The Secrets to Balancing Work and Family Life

3 Pieces of Advice from Working Moms at Pluralsight

Being fully committed to work and family is a challenge that many working parents have to take on. It can be exhausting and thankless pursuing a fulfilling full-time career, while taking an active role as a parent. Achieving a healthy balance can help keep you motivated and productive at work, while allowing you to be fully present when you're home.

We recently chatted with working moms at technology skills platform, Pluralsight, about their best advice for striking that elusive work-life balance. Here were their key points:

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How to Make the Most of Being on a Growing Team: 3 Tips from Plex’s Adriana Bosinceanu

When the startup Adriana Bosinceanu was working for got acquired, things changed fast.

She went from being one of eight engineers on a small team building a streaming service to joining a company that was five times larger and had a much bigger scope.

That company was Plex, where Adriana has been working remotely as a software engineer for the last four and a half years.

As her team grew from two people to ten, Adriana decided to lean into the opportunity to grow; along the way, she found herself deepening her technical skills, her self-confidence, and her relationships. We sat down with Adriana to learn exactly how she did that, and to hear the tips she has for other engineers experiencing growth opportunities on their team.

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What These Companies Are Doing to Celebrate Juneteenth 2021

*Updated on June 17th, 2021 to reflect Juneteenth officially being named a Federal Holiday in the U.S.*

Juneteenth has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s, but in recent years (particularly in response to global protests over police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and other Black Americans), there has been a surge in interest in the day that celebrates freedom.

Before it became an official federal holiday, many businesses shifted toward marking June 19th as an annual company holiday, creating different initiatives around the holiday and offering employees opportunities to learn, reflect, and take action toward racial equality.

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