Resume Templates for Tech Jobs
Get Hired With These 4 Tips & Our Technical Resume Templates
There's no shortage of resume templates online, but if you're applying to a technical job, you need to make sure that your resume doesn't just look good, but makes you look good too by showcasing your relevant skills.
We've helped hundreds of women get hired in technical roles with these resume formatting tricks. Whether you're applying to a Fortune 500 company or an emerging startup (we've helped women get hired at both!), recruiters want to see these things on every resume – and it's working!
1) Style Points Are Real
You heard it here first: beautifully crafted resume templates are no longer just for designers. When you're reading 100+ resumes a day, stylized resumes catch your eye – that's the whole point, right? And sending a well-designed, aesthetically pleasing resume will be a further testament to the breadth of your technical skills. Download our templates below, or check out canva.com for additional free templates.
Pro Tip: Always submit your resume as a PDF. Companies use ATS's (applicant tracking systems) to spot keywords in resumes and make initial screens, and other formats can't always be read by these systems.
2) Your Portfolio Goes At The Top, With A Link
Sure the recruiter is going to read your resume, but oftentimes, before reading about what you say you've done, they'll want to see what you've actually done! So make that portfolio link stand out. GitHub portfolios are one of the easiest ways for technical recruiters to see your work at scale and the range of your technical abilities. Put the link at the top of your resume with your contact information – it's that important.
Pro Tip: Make this link a bit.ly link so you can track which recruiter looks at your profile and when – it's a great conversation starter for your interview, and a great way to know which recruiters might need another nudge!
3) Functional First
It's incredibly common to be fluent in more than one technical language (most companies are looking for candidates fluent in multiple!) but most job descriptions will include one or two specific languages that are required for the particular role. In this case, it makes sense to create a "functional" resume, as opposed to a chronological resume, to highlight those skills. This means that regardless of when you worked on the projects in said language, you should place them at the top of your work experience.
Pro Tip: Keep alternate languages on your resume in a "skill" section or "other languages." Regardless of whether they are required or not, they show that you're a problem solver, and that's important!
4) Last But Certainly Not Least
If you've made it to the bottom of the page (or sidebar in many cases) and you've still got room for more - congrats! You're one of the few resume writers with a unique opportunity to showcase additional skills and personality traits that will help you stand out among other candidates. Even for technical job seekers, this is a great place to add volunteer experience, side projects, or unique skills a recruiter can ask you about during an interview.
Pro Tip: Think of a way these projects or skills relate to the job description and prepare a story for your interview. Give the person reading your resume something to talk about – there's nothing wrong with being "the woman who taught herself to code while backpacking in South America for two years!"
Make sure that once you've saved your resume as a PDF that the file name includes your name (e.g. "Noelle_Jones_Resume_2019"). Recruiters go nuts having multiple "Resume_1"s open on their computer at once. And while you're at it, make sure you haven't included the name of a different company in the file! Make your would-be employer feel special!
Downloadable Resume Templates for Tech Jobs
Now that you're ready to knock recruiters' socks off, download these templates - pick whichever one speaks to you and make it your own!
Click the images below to be redirected to a Google drive where you'll be able to download these templates for free. Please note, you can download them as a PDF or as a Microsoft Word document that you can edit. If you download them as Word docs, make sure you have the customized fonts downloaded as well! They're free and a link is included in the Drive :)
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The Dated, Everyday Tech Stifling Women's Voices Shows the Importance of Diversity in Tech
"You're not like other girls. You're so...chill."
I've gotten that "compliment" from multiple guys in multiple contexts — and I'm ashamed to admit that until a few years ago, I took it as one.
Occasionally I'd wonder why. After all, anyone who knows me well knows I am the Anti-Chill: a tightly wound stress ball, ready to explode into tears at any given moment.
So what was giving these guys the wrong impression? As it turns out, it was my voice. My cool, unnaturally-deep-for-a-woman, never-shrill voice.
And if I'm honest, I always prided myself on not sounding 'like other girls.' No uptalk or high-pitched squeals of glee from me. I thought I sounded smarter and more serious. Talk about internalized misogyny.
This isn't just me though. There is a societal double bind that forces women to spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about the right pitch and tone for each situation.
Just consider the advice that Democratic-debate coach Christine Jahnke gave female candidates to avoid being labeled as shrill: "… go slow and low. Very purposefully slow your pace and lower the tone a bit, because that will add meaning or gravitas to whatever it is you're talking about."
In a nutshell: try and sound chill, not shrill.
What I didn't know, until recently, is how this bias against women's natural voices is being reinforced and amplified by century-old technology. (Just one of many examples of how technology designed by and for men ends up hurting women in the long-run.)
Author Tina Tallon explains this little-known fact in her recent New Yorker article, summarized below:
How 20th Century Tech Is Holding 21st Century Women Back
With the rise of commercial broadcast radio in the 1920s, women's voices began getting critiqued. As Tallon explains, station directors asserted that "women sounded 'shrill,' 'nasal,' and 'distorted.'" So when industry standards were set, directors didn't take women's voices into account.
When Congress limited the bandwidth available to each radio station in 1927, station directors set a bandwidth that would provide the minimum amount of information necessary to understand "human" speech.
They used lower voices as their benchmark, so the higher frequency components of women's speech necessary to understand certain consonants were cut, making women's voices less intelligible.
- Researcher J.C. Steinberg asserted that, "nature has so designed woman's speech that it is always most effective when it is of soft and well-modulated tone." He explained that if a woman raised her voice on air, it would exceed the limitations of the equipment. As Tallon says, "He viewed this as a personal and biological failing on women's part, not a technical one on his."
Why You Should Care
Women have always been told to lower their voices, but this 20th century approach to sound frequencies is still accepted as the standard, literally forcing women to lower their voices if they want to be heard.
- To this day, many algorithms and speakers distort women's speech by limiting higher frequencies, causing women's voices to lose definition and clarity.
Tallon sums it up well:
"Consequently, women are still receiving the same advice that they were given in the nineteen-twenties: lower the pitch of your voice, and don't show too much emotion. By following that advice, women expose themselves to another set of criticisms, which also have a long history: they lack personality, or they sound 'forced' and 'unnatural.'"
So as we continue to grapple with implicit biases against women, from what it means to be "presidential" to who's considered an "innovative leader," let's remember the importance of diversity in tech.
Had a woman been involved in researching/setting the standards for radio frequencies, she might've been able to steer the industry towards a voiceband that would allow men and women to be heard equally well. And perhaps had a more impartial voiceband been established, I'd have heard a more diverse range of female speakers growing up, and internalized fewer biases myself.
That's why we care so much at PowerToFly about making sure cutting-edge companies have diverse teams.
Times were different then, sure, but the fact that Depression Era standards are still impacting how we hear (or don't hear) women's voices is a vital reminder that what we do today impacts our world for centuries to come.
- Network with top executives even if you aren't looking for a new role
- First look at flexible, work-from-home, in-office roles
- Join live chats led by expert women in your field and beyond
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