As a tech company recruiter, what are the first few things that you try to look for in a resume of a computer science student?

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Mudassir Ali 7 months 1 Answer 130 views

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  1. Every company recruits differently and has a different recruiting bar. This is not a one size fits all approach to resume screening, but might help you get at least one perspective. Here are a few things I go through, in that order…

    Intern Roles:
    1. Calibre of school and GPA along with transcripts
    NOTE: I see if you did Computer Science or EECS, a BA or a BS, Computer Engineering or Information Systems (not CS per se, so then I have to look at transcripts to see if you did the CS foundational course work)
    2. High School accomplishments if you are a rising freshman or rising sophomore
    E.g. Were you the robotic team’s lead programmer or perhaps you participated in math competitions, were a top coder or you won the Intel STS etc
    2. Companies you have intern’ed for
    Note: I look for the role you took on and projects you worked on. I also try to see if you got an offer to come back as an intern
    4. Your projects, accomplishments, activities (do you head up the ACM chapter of your school? etc)

    Full Time roles:
    Similar stuff as above
    Entrepreneurial spirit – did you work for a startup in the past etc.? perhaps founded one? (yes, even when I worked at Google)
    Reasons for career changes and length of stay
    Career progression at one company

    Some of this screening process reveals drive, persistence, passion, initiative and leadership skills, technical depth and personality, i.e. the culture fit.

    The most intangible part of this process is the gut feeling and only when I look at the resume, I can know if this will be a candidacy I want to invest an engineer’s time in. I am quick to get a second opinion from the hiring manager as a few seconds of their time is better than 45 minutes of an engineer’s time to screen!

    Helpful?

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