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5 Resume Writing Tips for Data Engineers
The following tips will help you get your resume past the ATS and into the hands of a recruiter.
Tip #1: Highlight your people skills
When creating a resume, it can be natural to highlight your data engineer skills front and center. However, showing how you can work within teams may be just as important. Data engineers need to work hand in hand with data scientists to ensure that data is easily interpreted and put to use. Bring up any presentations you have led, as these demonstrate that you are comfortable sharing and explaining data to others.
In your resume, make sure to emphasize times that you worked with others to achieve a larger goal.
Tip #2: Display a genuine enthusiasm for technology and programming
It’s no secret that data engineers need to master many technologies in order to succeed. Recruiters want to know that you like — or even love — this part of the job. If you’re changing companies, you may need to learn a new stack of programs, frameworks, and coding languages, so show that you’re up to the task.
Tip #3: Talk about challenges you solved
In the technology industry, companies are often looking for candidates who can solve large-scale problems. Because data engineers are at the forefront of research, they often need to problem-solve in order to extract meaningful data.
Showcase big-picture projects that may have taken months or years to complete, and recount how you solved the toughest challenges.
Tip #4: Get specific about data
Where possible, get into specifics about your data collections. What tools and techniques did you use to extract data? How did you share your data with your colleagues? How have data scientists or others used your data?
Showing how your data was used in the real world can make your usefulness to a company clear, and it can also help non-technical recruiters connect with your work.
Tip #5: Make your technical skills easy to find at a glance
Because technical proficiency is such an important part of the role of data engineer, it’s one of the first things that hiring managers and ATS will look for. Make your skills easy for them to find by putting them near the top of your resume.
Depending on how you format your resume, it may be possible to set off your skills and certifications in bulleted lists or in a side column. If you know several coding languages and are proficient with many programs, show this off!