Need some Advice regarding my Resume for a Junior Elixir Role

Hello Elixir community,

Just wanted advice from real Elixir developers about my Resume. There is a junior role with very little Elixir knowledge to know. I would like to apply for it. I have my resume attached to this link. I did remove a few links for safety reasons. The Resume will be going to the Founder and CTO I really want to put a good first impression.

Tell me your thoughts on my Resume, and what you change or add to make it stand out.
How can I word it differently?
Would you an Elixir engineer be excited to see someone with my experience applying for a Junior Role?
Should I put Elixir on Skills as number 1?
Any feedback is fine

LINK!!!

Thank You

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chatGPT helping to word it a bit differently

Good luck.

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Thank you for responding,
I was really hoping to get some insight from other Elixir developers.
Could you give some info on that?

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ChatGPT did a good job there David! :smiley:

Other than the changes in @dtew’s post, do you have any personal hobbies/skills that you think might make you appear interesting in some way? I remember when I was at school and we were being taught about CVs our teacher said he knew a past student who was into sword swallowing and fire-breathing started mentioning it in her CVs… and when she did every single one invited her for an interview! Many remarked that they just had to meet her because she sounded so interesting!

Remember that people hire people. How you come across/your vibe, who you are as a person etc matter more than your current ability than you might think and especially so in some jobs or types of jobs.

If it’s an Elixir role… I would! (And why haven’t you mentioned Phoenix? Or an interest in Erlang?)

The best advice I reckon is to read it back from he perspective of a team member of the team you want to join - would you want to work with the person in that CV? :smiley:

Also check out the #work:dev-profiles section as similar tips have been posted there :023:

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@AstonJ you gave some good advice here that I will do my best to implement into my Resume

While I think this a great idea, I find it redundant to put in a professional resume. How would I even word it. It sounds more like a dating profile than a resume. See my point.

I should have definitely put that in there. Since I have used the framework and built projects with it.

I have been on this platform for about 2 years or more now. I have seen you @AstonJ is many of my questions. I always humbly respect all of the developers answers and as always Thank You.

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Sorry my suggestions are not very specific:

  • Try to come off as friendly and easy to talk to. I’d rather work with someone who is a good communicator than a programming wiz, at least most of the time.
  • It’s a small detail, but when I looked at the resume, there were a couple spots that I actually missed upon first glance, or had to squint at in order to understand. For example, I didn’t immediately notice your Biology degree since it’s so close to the next section. Also, I thought that the part that reads as, “Obtained a solid understanding of the language JavaScript, and React …” blends in with the preceding date, so I read it as just “Sept2020 – Sept 2021 Obtained a solid”. :smile: Finally, I would consider moving your professional experience section above your project section.
  • Looks like you have some nice projects there. Try to have some thoughts prepared to say about them (eg. What you learned, something that was challenging, how it turned out, etc.)
  • I think it’s cool and interesting that you have a degree in Biology. If I were doing the interview, I’d be interested in learning about that experience, as well as what brought you to programming.
  • Sometimes if you are able to have enough questions about the job or the company, it shows a lot of initiative and curiosity. You can sort of “fill the time” doing this and make a good impression. After all, you are also interested in learning if you’d be a good fit too. Don’t make up questions, of course, but the more questions that you have the better.
  • Why are you drawn to an Elixir job rather than something more mainstream like Java or Node, etc.?
  • Remember that it’s your ability to communicate and solve problems that makes you a good developer, not so much the specific languages and frameworks that you know. Maybe the latter becomes more important as you get more “specialized”, but for a junior role, just being able to communicate effectively is a very important aspect.

Good luck on your interview, let us know how it goes.

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I’d sort your sections as follow:

1_ Profile
2_ Professional Experience
3_ Projects
4_ Education
5_ Skills
6_ Languages

Since your projects is the strongest section of your CV, I would expand each one of them with the things you learned while creating them. Sprinkle them with stuff people who hire want to read, like:

  • Learned to use s3 storage.
  • Learned to manage postgres databases.
  • Learned LiveView.
  • Learned React.
  • Learned how to do CI/CD.

In your profile I’d put that you are a looking for a Junior dev position where you can learn.

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I love this. Should I word it to sound more like I have some experience in another stack. But Elixir based I am still a junior?

I love your suggestions it really opened up more ideas for me and stronger conversations for questions I can ask, or they can ask me. So thank you !!

I am a creative full-stack engineer with a drive to learn and constantly seek out innovative solutions to everyday problems. Having already contributed to a dozen projects and worked in an agile team-based environment with other engineers to tackle problems and generate solutions, I am now looking for a Junior Dev position where I can continue to learn and grow my skills. My current experience includes but is not limited to Elixir, Phoenix, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, React and Redux, HTML, CSS, and SQL. I bring strong skills in critical thinking, project management, attention to detail, and a strong work ethic.

What ya think?

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What do you think of these questions?

  1. What does the company culture look like?
  2. What do you believe sets your company apart from competitors?
  3. How does the company measure success?
  4. What strategies does the company use to stay ahead of trends?
  5. What are the biggest challenges the company is currently facing?
  6. What opportunities does the company offer for career growth?
  7. What kind of feedback do you get from customers?
  8. How does the company ensure employee satisfaction?
  9. What values does the company prioritize when making decisions?
  10. What strategies has the company used to create a successful business model?

Yeah, those sound pretty good to me. Remember, only ask the questions that you actually care about. Some of those questions sound a bit generic to me, but if you are indeed interested in the answer then go for it. Prioritize the questions that you want to use in order to “guide” the conversation toward things you’re interested in , or things about yourself you want to make sure and highlight.

  1. What does the company culture look like? :white_check_mark:
  2. What do you believe sets your company apart from competitors? :white_check_mark:
  3. How does the company measure success? Great question. Consider making it more personal, like, “If you were to hire me for this role, how should I plan on measuring my success?” I think that asking about how you can gauge your own success shows that you want to take responsibility for this. You may already have at least some kind of answer in your mind for this, so you could share that and see if your expectations line up with what theirs are. Now you’ve just had a meaningful conversation that gives both you and your interviewer some great insight.
  4. What strategies does the company use to stay ahead of trends? Personally I’m not sure how I would answer this, unless you were to make it a bit more specific. For example, if the “trend” you were interested about was specifically “working from home”, then you might ask, “Do you plan on sticking to a fully-remote friendly development team? … What are some challenges you’ve seen with doing that? < insert something about your experience with working on a remote team here >
  5. What are the biggest challenges the company is currently facing? :white_check_mark:
  6. What opportunities does the company offer for career growth? :white_check_mark:
  7. What kind of feedback do you get from customers? :white_check_mark: Sure, but why are you asking this?
  8. How does the company ensure employee satisfaction? :white_check_mark: Maybe think of a less-formal way of asking this. You may consider asking this toward the end of the hiring process after they have indicated that they want to move forward with you.
  9. What values does the company prioritize when making decisions? :white_check_mark: Yeah, kind of a formal question, but I think it’s good to know what the values are. Hopefully they tell you this without having to ask.
  10. What strategies has the company used to create a successful business model? Personally this feels too formal and random to me, unless you have a way of asking it organically.
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Nice corrections! The only thing I would like to add is that there is a high chance that a single person (unless it is a CTO/CEO) will not be able to answer all the questions, I tend to ask questions depending on the position of the person that interviews me, as the conversation will flow more naturally.

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