Jeff Reynar is a director of engineering and New York site lead at Facebook. He interviews between 50 and 100 people annually for various technical roles. Since Facebook regularly lands near the top of lists of the best companies to work for, we asked Jeff how to make a résumé stand out. Following is a transcript of the video.
JEFF REYNAR: So, what kinds of things can you do to make your résumé really stand out? So, you want to make sure it’s proofread carefully, it’s not formatted in a strange way and it just tells a really clear story about who you are and what you’ve done.
The myth about buzzwords is a thing that kind of needs to be dispelled. I think the best résumés are one that just showcase what you’ve done and what we tend to look for is people who are passionate about an area, technology certainly for software engineers and who’ve done great work.
And it doesn’t really matter how you describe what you’ve done, as much as that it comes across really clearly that you’ve done something important that’s impactful, and done it well and that you’re eager to bring those skills to Facebook.
If you’ve got more time, like you’re thinking about applying for a job maybe in a couple years, after you’ve gained some more experience, then there are a number of things you can do. You can contribute to open source projects, you can attend or even host meetups, you can do a lot of things that just demonstrate that you’re very passionate about, as well as adept at the area of expertise that you have that you’d like to bring to Facebook.
So — hackathons, another great way, starting an open source project, an amazing thing publishing papers, if that’s something that relates to the way that you tend to work all of these things will make you a little bit special compared to a lot of candidates who’ve just done the basics of getting a computer science degree, having an entry-level job.
But, if you can differentiate yourself, we’re more likely to notice and bring you in for an interview.