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Saturday, February 17, 2018 (hangover edition)
By Colin McIntosh, former head hunter turned bedding mogul
Edit: this blog post is now the #1-all-time post on the /r/jobs subreddit. Wow. Some people have told us that we helped them find a job, and others have messaged us saying they've gotten dozens of interviews since reading this. Helping others feels... good? If you're coming from that Reddit post, check out the bedding company behind the resume. (That has to be the first time that sentence has ever been written, right?)
Stop sending us your resumes.
In any case, they’re all just... awful.
So, we figured you could all use some help with your resume formatting. We don't send out our blog posts (or anything) to our email list, so make sure you sign up to never be notified of anything we do. (Except for when we choose 1 lucky email subscriber, and 1 lucky Instagram or Facebook follower, to gift 2 free pizzas each and every weekend. "WHAT?!" That's right.)
In an interview, if you'd say your greatest weakness is your attention span, skip reading the rest and download the editable MS Word version of our recruiter-approved resume by clicking here. Plug in your info, and away you go.
Unfortunately, we can't do anything about job applications that ask you to upload your resume, only to immediately force you to painstakingly type in everything anyway. Sorry. You should probably just avoid those companies.
If you want to get all the tips of the trade, make sure you read to the end of this quick post – there's a fun surprise waiting for you down there.
“Why is S&G writing about resume formats?”
There was a recent post on Reddit where someone was lamenting that they had sent out dozens of applications, but hadn't heard back from anyone. I commented and told them they probably had a bad resume format and to PM me with it so I could review it for them, and about 50 other redditors ended up sending me their resumes to review. I don't have time to do all of them, especially not for free, so I'd rather irresponsibly use valuable company time to write this post in the hope that it fulfills my personal obligations.
If you'd rather read a post about “Why Thread Counts Don’t Matter," ok. Noted. (We'll probably write about thread counts eventually at the urging of our investors to do something normal, but not today.)
In a past life, I was a tech recruiter for banks, hedge funds, and tech startups. You're lucky – I usually charge for this, but I like you.
General resume advice:
- Use a gmail email address. Delete your hotmail with extreme prejudice.
- Don't put an objective section or summary. It'll be skipped, and it's space that can be used better.
- Unless you have 20+ years' experience, make it 1 page. You can do it.
- Don't put your full address. "City, State" is enough.
- Name your resume "FirstName LastName Resume" and that's it. Never submit it with "(Project Management)" or "Final" or "2018" or literally anything else in the file name.
- Always submit it as a PDF, never as a Word doc. You never know how wonky a Word doc will look on someone else's machine.
- Try to read it in 10 seconds or less and see what you take away from it. That's about the initial screen time before someone makes an initial up/down decision, so you'll want to examine it from that perspective.
- Interests are important because it gives the interviewer something to connect with you on, and it makes you more than just a faceless resume. If you put Seinfeld, I promise someone will ask you what your favorite episode of Seinfeld is (mine's the Soup Nazi).
That's the most important stuff. Here's that resume template download link again. If you have more questions about job hunting, resumes, or career advice in general, just post a comment below (I'll reply to you via email), or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll try to get back to you before long.
You’re still reading. Nice 🍕
You’re welcome. I kind of spoiled it at the top, but you’re one of the few to know that this Thursday (2/22), we’ll start our first #FreePizzaFriday contest at 4pm ET on our Instagram and Facebook. Whatever pic we post, just like it and tag someone who may also want free pizza. At midnight, we’ll pick one of the commenters and deliver 2 free pizzas to them that weekend! We might even throw in cheesy bread if we're feeling magnanimous.
Make sure you sign up for our email list so you get 2 entries into each contest (we'll pick another winner from our email list at random).
Keep an eye out; nobody knows about this yet except for you... and anyone else reading this. So just you.
Now get out there and nail that interview. Maybe one day you'll even realize your dream of working at S&G in an unpaid entry-level role (10+ years' experience required). Wouldn't that be something? Your mom would be so proud.
ICYMI: our last blog on how to start a business
Or travel into the future and read about S&G's benevolence.
Click here to download this format. Good luck, don't blow it.