If you're looking for a new job, you've probably come across posts about "how to write a resume in 5 steps", "how to stand out in an interview", or "7 steps to prepare for your job interview".

I did some research on Google and found the top results to be quite generic. In a process as important as landing a job, you should always aim to stand out from the competition.

So, in my next posts, I will share content and resources to help you:

🔍 Find exciting job opportunities in fast-growing companies
✨ Create targeted resumes & professional brand on LinkedIn
✍ Write effective cover letter️s
👀️ Stand out during the entire process
⭐️ Prepare and ace interviews

Don't update your resume (yet)

Typically, people start a new job search by dusting off and updating their resume. I'd like to offer a different approach – first, define goals.

ask questions

Your list of questions will look different depending on the goals you set for yourself. You may want to consider factors like the company's mission, opportunity for growth, pay & benefits, stability, and commute.

Defining goals at the beginning of the process will help focus your job search on the right opportunities for you.

Alright, goals are set. Can I update my resume now?

Not yet. Your resume should tell a compelling story of why you're the best candidate for a specific role. Updating your resume before you have a targeted job (or jobs) in mind may result in a generic application.

This is where keywords come in – skills and qualities that a hiring manager looks for in a candidate. These can even be built into the recruiting software companies use to select candidates for screening calls. But more on that later.

In order to write a solid resume, you will first need to identify job opportunities.

These are some of my favourite resources to get started:

  • AngelList – This is how I found my current job at Loom. AngelList is a fantastic startup hiring platform.
  • Remotive – This platform helps tech professionals go remote. Trusted by companies like Toptal, Geckoboard, Hubstaff & Livestorm.
  • PowerToFly – I love their newsletter and mission to "Lift the world through placing and keeping diverse women in high-visibility careers". Trusted by companies like Slack, Deloitte, Zapier, Okta & Dropbox.
  • Remote OK –  Another solid platform for remote job listings. Trusted by companies like GitHub, Stripe, Zendesk & InVision.
  • LinkedIn – In addition to their jobs platform, you can build your network, follow recruiters in your target companies and find out about opportunities as soon as they open.
  • Fresh Cash Series – If one of your goals is to join a fast-growing company with recent investment, bookmark this page for weekly updates.

Make a great first impression, even before applying.

An important part of the job search process is to thoroughly research the company you are hoping to join. Part of this research should happen in LinkedIn to learn more about the people working at the company.

Building your LinkedIn presence and profile can be a great asset in your job search, so before you start visiting your prospective hiring manager's profile do the following:

Make sure your profile looks professional.
This means updating everything from the URL to your banner and profile photos. First impressions are key. You want to ensure whoever looks at your profile is intrigued to learn more about you.

Your URL should be customised.
Ideally with your name since you'll be using that URL in your resume. My URL is not customised with my name as that option was no longer available, so I decided to use my initials instead.

Your summary is engaging and keyword optimised.
As mentioned before, keywords are critical in your resume and LinkedIn is no different. Define 4-5 keywords that represent your abilities as a professional and sprinkle them throughout your profile.

Update your work experience.
Most people will copy/paste a few bullet points from their resumes. Instead, highlight your story with some measurable achievements to help quantify your impact. As an example, here's my current work experience at Loom:

Make sure your LinkedIn profile is polished and accurately reflects your work experience before you start networking.

Up next: creating a targeted resume

In my next post, I will share some advice on how to update your resume so that it is:

  • Customised for each role you apply to
  • Features measurable achievements
  • Highlights your career accomplishments
  • Easy to read, with proper margins & white space
  • Keyword optimised to be picked up by applicant tracking systems (ATS)

Not sure where to start looking?

If you're looking for a new job, check the 💰 Fresh Cash series – recently funded companies are typically hiring. This list is completely up to date with 9 weeks worth of recent Series A and B investments.

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