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2. Resume

Let's begin!

The first document we will build is your resume. Think of it as the first impression you'll make on recruiters. Recruiters will skim your resume to see if your accomplishments align with the qualifications of the job description.

This tutorial will teach you how to create a resume that will stand out of the crowd.

Resume Template#

Our very own Job Outcomes Lead, Jeff D’Andria, honed a resume template while helping hundreds of Stanford students get jobs at startups and major tech companies.


Base your resume off this template.

Quality Resumes#


Watch this video to see exemplar resumes and learn the secrets to creating a resume that wows employers ...


Improve your resume using the tips outlined in the video above. For reference, here are the video slides.

If you already have a draft of your resume, take notes on ways you'd like to improve it.

If you don't already have a draft of your resume, create one after watching the video.

Resume Checklist#

By now you should have a strong draft of your resume.

Let's make it even better.


Grade your resume using this resume checklist

Keep improving your resume until you check all the boxes.

Circle challenge#

Let's improve our resume further.

Since recruiters skim resumes, it's useful if the syntax in your resume matches the syntax in the job description. For example, does the description use the word "coding" "developing" or "programming"? You can get a small leg up by matching your language choice to theirs. Of course, you don't want to do this for every single company. But you may see a trend in the terminology used across the industry it may be worth matching your language.


Let's match the verbs in our resume with the verbs in job descriptions:

  1. Circle the skill based verbs in your own resume.
  2. Print out or bookmark a few job descriptions that interest you. Circle/note the all the skill based verbs in the job descriptions. This may be "develop", "design", "collaborate", etc. Also circle the industry jargon terms mentioned such as "UI/UX", "MVC", "Object Oriented Programming", etc.
  3. Note if you see a trend in syntax among job descriptions
  4. Replace your verbs with the trend verbs

This is a tip to give you a small leg up in the job search.

The more your resume speaks directly to job descriptions, the better.

Upload it!#


Once you complete your resume, upload it your Make School portfolio.

Remember to check all the "Mark As Complete" boxes within this web tutorial.


Mark your completion in the course tracker!