Having recently read through the hundreds of applications for YC’s Work At A Startup event, I have a few tips for programmers who are applying to work at a startup. Here they are:
- Keep it short. At the early stage, your resume is probably being read by someone who doesn’t read resumes as their full time job. Help them save time by limiting what you write down.
- Keep it concise. Contrary to getting hired a big company, startups aren’t looking for the alphabet soup of every programming language and framework. We know you can’t possibly have mastery in all of them; no one can. Instead, you should focus on the things you do excellently, and demonstrate why you do them excellently.
- Keep it relevant. If you worked in retail, leave that off, unless you are applying to...