Hello everyone,


I have a career fair coming up this Friday and wanted to be ready and prepared. I wanted some resume feedback from all of you guys and I very much appreciate all your feedback. My goal is to work for Intel and get internships from Intel as soon as possible or slowly climb the ladder through internships from other companies and get to Intel. To note, I was first a civil engineering student but switch to computer engineering. It's attached below.


Thanks,

Sam Lee

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6 months ago

Hey Sam - 


I'm going to be totally honest in my feedback because you have a tight window and we need to work through this quickly. Some initial feedback:

  • Personally, I am not a fan of your use of bullet points and then hyphens. It might seem kind of nit picky, but I appreciate consistent formatting across the entire resume. In particular, I'm not a fan of you using a bullet which is then tabbed to start a list, then you hit enter and provide a hyphenated list with no spacing between hyphen and text. Try and keep things consistent.
  • Also, for your Microsoft Office skill, I would not have that fill two lines. This conveys a message that you're trying to fill out the page even though you have a ton of good stuff here. Make all of that one line.
  • On the topic of Skills, place that stuff at the bottom of your resume. Keep in mind that recruiters are going to skim your resume in ~1 minute. So you really want to create an easy flow of most important to least important. Since you're a college student, I would prioritize the sections in the following order: Objective, Education, Work Experience, Project Experience, Volunteer Experience, Organizations, Awards, and Skills.
  • Though, once I listed out all of your sections, I'm realizing you have a lot going on. Consider removing some of the sections and adding more to the areas that will really matter. A hiring manager is likely going to care most about your education (which you can include your awards here), work experience, relevant experience (aka project experience) , and then everything else is significantly less important. Considering adding more to those first three sections and then removing the other ones if you can.  As a general rule, if you're going to include something on your resume, make sure you can speak to what you did in at least three bullet points. Also for each bullet point make sure you explain 1) what you did 2) how you did it and 3) itss impact. 
  • When you begin a list, make sure you capitalize (see: Project Experience) 
  • One big red flag is your work experience. Why did you only work at the Bookstore for one month? It's going to look very weird. You should try and explain this in one of your bullet points. 
  • Last thing, on skimming this resume, I do not get a sense of what internship you want which means I won't get a sense of whether you're qualified for that internship. Rather than saying, "I want an internship at Intel," consider asking yourself, "what internship title/responsibility do I want?" Since you're in CS, I imagine you want an internship as a software engineer, data analyst, backend engineer, or any other engineering focused title so use your resume to show that you are a worth applicant for one of those roles. Right now, I'm not sure what job you would be best for.

Think through the above questions, make changes, and post again. We can work through this. 

6 months ago

Hey Chris, 


Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it. I should of been more specific. I am trying to make my resume look good enough for Intel and other big tech firms. I am applying for any internship available that my career offers for computer science/engineering. Also, for more clarification, I worked at the bookstore for the first two weeks of school because it only lasted that long. I'll revise it.


Thanks,

Sam Lee

6 months ago

I am applying for any internship available that my career offers for computer science/engineering.


This is what I think we need to spend some time on. When I was applying for my internship at Marvel Comics as an English major, there were many jobs--Editorial Assistant Intern, Social Media Intern, Print Production Intern, etc--but I had to specifically apply to one. I predict that's what's going to happen to you, and even if Intel has a general internship application, the interviewer is going to ask you, "If you could pick, what position would you want?" In this moment, you need to have a concrete answer. If you say, "I'll take anything," it shows that you 1) didn't do your research 2) don't know what you're good at 3) you don't know what value you can contribute to Intel. 


In contrast, if you knew that you wanted to be a a New Technology intern, you can structure your resume and answers specifically for that job. To put it another way, when applying for jobs, it is significantly better to have precision over range because you don't need a lot of job offers. You just need one, and if possible, you need the right one because the right job can be the difference between a promising career trajectory and plateauing out early. 


Also, for more clarification, I worked at the bookstore for the first two weeks of school because it only lasted that long. 


The context that the position was only for two weeks is everything here, and I think that's what we need to work on. Remember, Intel and anywhere else you apply will only be skimming your resume. They won't have any context of your background, where you grew up, and the circumstances that got you a job and why you left that job. You need to provide as much clarity on this context as possible so they see you more as a person (and if possible a great person who would fit in with their company).


Make a new post after your edits, and we can keep going! We can do this. 

6 months ago

Hey Chris,


Thanks again. 


Thanks,

Sam Lee

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