Sheets & Giggles is the fastest growing startup in CO!

Sheets & Giggles is the fastest growing startup in CO!

February 17, 2018

Because when you start with 0, and you add 3 people, you’re growin’ fast 🔥 

Saturday, February 17, 2018 (hangover edition)

By Colin McIntosh, S&G CEO and former head hunter turned bedding mogul

04/05/2020 Edit: I've been getting more emails and PMs on Reddit about this post lately, possibly from the historic layoffs in the US due to COVID–19. Whether or not that's the case for you, I sincerely hope this resume helps you find a better job than you had going into this mess. In addition to having S&G help how we can, I'm going to do my best to answer Reddit PMs and emails that come in re: job hunting during April as people face this crisis. All my best to you and yours, and I hope you're all staying safe out there.

Original Edit: This blog post is now the #1-all-time post on /r/jobs, is the #1 result on Google for "resume advice reddit," and has been read millions of times. What the sheet...

More importantly, hundreds of people have messaged S&G that we helped them find a job, which is amazing, and we're sure there are tons more who haven't taken the time to message us. Helping others feels... good? Plus, all that sweet sweet reddit karma.

If you're coming from that post, learn about the bedding company behind the resume (/r/brandnewsentence). And if you land a new job with Sheets & Giggles' help, maybe celebrate by buying our sheets!

Ok here's the post...

Stop sending us your resumes.

Since Sheets & Giggles announced our business plans a month ago, we’ve been inundated with tens of thousands of resumes and cover letters. More or less.

In any case, they’re all just... awful. (In format, not content ;p)

So, we figured you could all use some help with your resume formatting.

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 colin@sheetsgiggles.com and I'll try to get back to you before long.

You’re still reading. Nice 🍕

You’re now 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.

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, must work on weekends, no benefits). 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.

Sheets and Giggles resume preview - Jobby McJobface was inspired

Click here to download this format. Good luck, don't blow it.

 



11 Responses

Dr. Employed Person
Dr. Employed Person

March 20, 2020

Thank you so much for your guides!!! You helped me land a well-paying job that I love. But now I gotta write more words so it doesn’t look like one of you nerds just decided to make a fake comment. I’m just a bored person on the internet. don’t forget to wash your hands @ everyone reading this, thanks

Tatiana
Tatiana

February 15, 2020

This helped me out so much! I used the format and fit everything into one page. Any advice on cover letters?

Tammi
Tammi

December 17, 2019

I LOVE this post! [I always say that sarcasm is an under-appreciated quality! You are a master.]
I am returning to this blog-post (yes, I saved it over a year ago). I think it is so spot-on having been on your side prior but now in the ‘seeking’ camp! So much bad advice out there regarding resumes it is amazing. Refreshing & thanks for taking the time.
I met you at Boulder Startup week in 2018—and voted for you 3x AND bought your sheets. Your energy and enthusiasm were amazing; knew you’d do well. I LOVE the sheets & have shown your creative, fun packaging to so many people.
Keep up the good work & the infusion of humor. – Boulder, CO

Crystal
Crystal

October 04, 2018

Downloaded and started transferring my information from my current resume, and was rather surprised that what I had was almost a simple drag-and-drop. Looking over the layout, however, was completely different. Your recommendations for setup turned my embarrassing info-dump attempt into a streamlined presentation that I’m proud to submit to potential employers. Thank you so much for sharing this template!

KarenB
KarenB

July 18, 2018

I can’t wait to try out this template. I’ve been at the same company for 20 years and I’m a bit paralyzed when I think about writing a resume. My job title has changed a lot over the years (I don’t even remember all of them) but the type of work I’ve done has been fairly consistent. Any advice?

Julie
Julie

June 07, 2018

So helpful. I’m needing to update my resume and hated the previous format. This is perfect. Straight to the point and no fluff.

Jobby Mcjobface
Jobby Mcjobface

April 27, 2018

Can’t tell if it’s a website issue or not but if it’s the latter I am flabbergasted at the absence of comments. Anywho just wanted to thank you for this article. I came here from Reddit and I definitely found your advice useful. I’m a current undergrad about to graduate soon so it goes without saying that I needed to read this BADLY. Hopefully this can help me score me some internships and eventually a career in the future. I’m really glad you took the time to write this! Thank you!

Giselle
Giselle

March 15, 2018

I love the resumé advice. I’d send you mine, but I have no idea whether you guys want to do a Spanish-language version of the site and materials…
Well, maybe by the time you guys are really going, I’ll have my work permit, if not green card, and we’ll talk.

Reid
Reid

February 22, 2018

Thanks! Great advice, It helped me with some obvious mistakes I had made on my resume. Any advice on how to tweak this resume style for someone who has worked for the same company for 17 years? The last decade I have been an IT PM so my job title hasn’t changed but the level of projects I have worked on has. Oh, also I have taken the last year and a half off work to bicycle tour North America, Any advice on how to best frame that? Thanks!

Philvz
Philvz

February 21, 2018

Great reference!! I hope i can use this (currently employed) in the near future.

Jay
Jay

February 20, 2018

I love the resume but I worry about the margins being too narrow as you have them. Wouldn’t that be unloading too much on the reader to sift through?

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