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Resume prep

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Learn about how to best prepare your resume to land your dream job at Microsoft.

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Describe your specific strengths and expertise

Convey, if appropriate, how your skills might be applied in new or different ways or for a different type of job than you’ve had in the past.

Don’t underestimate the importance of an up-to-date resume

Make sure your resume is completely up to date, including ensuring your contact information is current. Be honest. Paint the best possible picture of yourself, but don’t exaggerate. And proofread for typos and errors—more than once!

Highlight specific qualifications for this job

If you are applying for a specific position, be sure to call out experience or accomplishments that make you qualified—or even more qualified than another applicant. For example, if you’ve worked with a particular technology the job requires or you have experience that might give you an edge, be sure to mention it.

Highlight your accomplishments in previous jobs, not just your duties or responsibilities

Everyone has job duties; it’s how you approached them and what you accomplished in carrying them out that makes you stand out.

Include links to projects you’ve worked on

This substantiates the experience and accomplishments you describe in your resume, giving the recruiter a better idea of how you put your skills into practice.

It’s okay to use more than one page

Include all relevant experience rather than cutting things to make your resume fit on one page. That said, be sure your summaries are succinct and your most important information appears on the first page.

Show progress

Whether it’s in school, leadership roles, or your work, highlight how your experience has helped you grow. Mention promotions or skills you’ve picked up along the way.

Summarize your education and employment experience

Be sure to focus on the aspects of your background that match the requirements of the job you’re applying for and skip the things that are outdated or irrelevant.

Talk about related extracurricular or volunteer work

Just because you weren’t paid for it, that doesn’t mean it’s not important! If you have this type of experience, include it to underscore your passion for the field.