Scott Robinson (quadhome) wrote,
Scott Robinson
quadhome

There's always your first job.

In my previous post, I listed the few simple rules I use to review other people’s resumes. Sadly, in my quest to be clear and concise, I ended up vague and unhelpful. This happens more than I like to admit. But, today is a new day. Let’s make a resume together!

This resume will be real - it will be about me. But, it won’t be my resume. It will be bizarro-Scott’s resume. He just graduated college and wants to upgrade from an exclusively ramen diet.

The Format

Our resume will be pure text. If you don’t understand why, read this comment.

The Heading

Scott Robinson
 
P.O. Box 911
Maple Valley, WA 98038
 
scott@quadhome.com
+1 (206) 229-9142

My name. My contact information. That’s it.

Deadpan serious: I have seen ridiculous things like birthdays, astrology signs, and height/weight. I’m sure metroid23 has seen worse. If those things are relevant to the position, list them in the body of the resume.

Objective Statement

No one reads these things. If we were customizing our resume for a specific position, we might include it. We’re not. This is our job fair resume.

Experience

My last three positions or my last five years. That’s my arbitrary rule I use to decide what experience is relevant. Unfortunately, bizarro-Scott wasn’t the most industrious student. He did only one summer internship, fiddled with building a community site for students in his major, and had a short tenure with the campus computing services group.

The Basics

Each piece of experience needs a few pieces of information:

  1. Position title.
  2. Name and location of organization.
  3. Dates worked.

This is when we need to resist embellishing. Were we a “technical intern 3” or a “computer security researcher” for the summer? One is almost meaningless and the other can be misconstrued. Whatever is chosen, we need to be able to justify and defend it.

Web Programmer/Designer
EECS Community Website
Pullman, Washington
05/2007 - 12/2007
 
Research Intern
Pacific Northwest National Labs (Department of Energy)
Richland, Washington
06/2006 - 08/2006
 
Technical Consultant
Student Computing Services (Washington State University)
Pullman, Washington
08/2004 - 02/2006

Some organization names need clarification. Not everyone knows about the national labs; therefore, we annotate with “Department of Energy.” “Student Computing Services” is very generic; but, annotating it clarifies to the reader its scope.

The Descriptions

We’re writing for two audiences: recruiters and future bosses. They’re want the same thing; but, search for it in different ways. Therefore, we brainstorm two sets for each experience item:

  1. EECS Community Website
    • Keywords: PHP, Python, Web, Blogs, Atom, RSS
    • Accomplishments: Started the site. Designed and made it. Negotiated with administration to OK it. Continue to administer it.
  2. Research Intern
    • Keywords: Python, network security, parallel processing, distributed systems
    • Accomplishments: Researched data sources. Designed and wrote software to integrate them to a previously existing database. Optimized previously existing processing tools. Gave technical presentations for multiple groups. Got a job offer.
  3. Technical Consultant
    • Keywords: networking, helpdesk, support
    • Accomplishments: Supported students in-person and over phones. Worked in multiple computer labs. Trusted with sensitive student information.

Finally, we combine them together to create our descriptions:

EECS Community Website
Created a Python powered student blog aggregation website. Negotiated with the school administration to establish appropriate speech policies. Built a PHP-based tool for administration and maintenance. The website continues to function and resulted in increased exposure for students and the university.
 
Research Intern
Designed, wrote and deployed a Python application to integrate data sources into a previously existing network security database. Independently researched distributed and parallel computing techniques. Used that knowledge to optimize previously existing processes providing improvements of at least an order of magnitude. Gave well-attended technical presentations distributing expertise to fellow employees. Wrote proposals detailing future avenues of research.
 
Technical Consultant
Supported customers in a helpdesk position both in-person and over the telephone. Entrusted with and handled sensitive student information. Worked in multiple campus computer labs often solving on-the-spot networking and software issues.

Remember, not every piece of experience is with a company.

Make movies? You’re a “cinematographer.” Discuss your awards and completed titles. Take pictures for your school paper? You’re a “news photographer.” Talk about the select pictures and relevant articles.

Our resume style isn’t just for techie soon-to-be professionals.

Education

We only include our most recent institution and the associated honors. If our GPA sucked, don’t bother listing it - they’ll know what it means and likely won’t ask.

We include clubs only if we put some effort into them.

Washington State University (2007)
Bachelor in Computer Science, 3.1 GPA
 
Clubs: IEEE of WSU (Vice-President 2006-2007, Career Fair/Junior Dinner 2005-2006)

Ego

Remember the rule about every section being shorter than the preceding? Basically, we have two lines max.

Personal Interests:
Bicycling, hiking and spelunking man-made structures.

Final Result

Add a little ASCII jazz.


                                Scott Robinson
P.O. Box 911              	
Maple Valley, WA 98038
+1 (206) 229-9142
scott@quadhome.com


 EXPERIENCE
============

Web Programmer/Designer
EECS Community Website
Pullman, Washington
05/2007 - 12/2007

Created a Python powered student blog aggregation website. Negotiated with the
school administration to establish appropriate speech policies. Built a
PHP-based tool for administration and maintenance. The website continues to
function and resulted in increased exposure for students and the university.


Research Intern
Pacific Northwest National Labs (Department of Energy)
Richland, Washington
06/2006 - 08/2006

Designed, wrote and deployed a Python application to integrate data sources
into a previously existing network security database. Independently researched
distributed and parallel computing techniques. Used that knowledge to optimize
previously existing processes providing improvements of at least an order of
magnitude. Gave well-attended technical presentations distributing expertise to
fellow employees. Wrote proposals detailing future avenues of research.


Technical Consultant
Student Computing Services (Washington State University)
Pullman, Washington
08/2004 - 02/2006

Supported customers in a helpdesk position both in-person and over the
telephone. Entrusted with and handled sensitive student information. Worked in
multiple campus computer labs often solving on-the-spot networking and software
issues.


 EDUCATION
===========

Washington State University (2007)
Bachelor in Computer Science
3.1 GPA

IEEE of WSU
  * Vice-President            2006-2007
  * Career Fair/Junior Dinner 2005-2006


 PERSONAL
==========

My pastimes include bicycling, hiking and spelunking man-made structures.
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