What makes an applicant stand out on their resume or interview when applying for a job in Silicon Valley?
The best resume writing tips for 2019
Posted on May 30, 2019 and last modified on 1 year ago
There are a few things that stand out to me when I'm reviewing a resume or speaking with a candidate.
Actual work experience and experience in different environments - It often doesn't matter if you have a list of large logos on your resume. I always like to see some movement from big companies to small companies, or across industries. Having a variety of experience means that you've had to work in different circumstances, and are likely to have a more well-rounded experience. I want to see what you've been working on and where.
Diversity of thought - We have and value a diverse team. As part of that, we encourage all of our employees to leverage each other to help review ideas, presentations/analysis, and even emails. In fact, it is often better to seek feedback from someone who works in a different functional area or even office to ensure we are leveraging the diverse experience of our team and don't have any blind spots or too much group think.
Candid and feedback drove - This one stands out in particular for Adyen. We look for people who speak in a candid way, have an openness to feedback and are driven by a feedback centric environment. 'We talk straight without being rude' and it's important that our employees can give and receive feedback in a constructive way.
Specific interest in Adyen/fin tech - This one seems obvious, but surprisingly doesn't always happen. When applying for a job, take a moment to really think if you'd be happy in that industry. We want people who are passionate about the field we are working in, have taken some time to learn about it/us and can demonstrate their passion when we speak.