A few weeks ago I asked my friend Aria to tell me more about the challenging moments of her AWS job.
Apparently, things get really hectic just before the Black Friday and Christmas holidays. Apart from the day-to-day operations, that is.
Of course, because people start mass-buying. Each and every order must get to its rightful owner in time.
Which usually means all websites and systems must be operational.
As Aria put it, “There is no room for error or downtimes.”
The more we talked, the more she revealed all the many pitfalls one can fall into.
Naturally, I asked her many questions about her AWS resume and the interview process.
Aria admitted she had her doubts. Even with the certificates she had acquired. But she persevered and her efforts paid off.
And how did she do it?
Read Aria’s story and her journey of becoming an AWS Solutions Architect.
Here is What You Can Expect in This In-Depth AWS Resume Guide
- Which resume formats are suitable for you and which are favored by recruiters
- What makes an AWS resume give off all the right signals to hiring managers
- How to write a winning resume objective or summary
- How to tailor the experience section so you match the job description requirements
- How to show off both your hard and soft skills
- Which certificates are key for securing an AWS job
- What else can you include in your resume to present a well-rounded personal story
Building your AWS resume: Setting up the architecture
Similar to cloud computing, your base is a blank piece of paper. You have to lay some groundwork before you start writing.
First, you need to consider the resume layout.
For more skilled professionals, it’s preferable to use the reverse-chronological format. The reverse-chronological layout is the traditional one most hiring managers are used to.
Why is it suitable for AWS specialists?
It emphasizes context and substance. Simply put, it zeroes in on how and where you’ve applied your skills. Remember, context is important.
What about less skilled professionals?
Your best options are the functional or the hybrid resume layouts. The main difference between these two is the focus and scope of experience you include.
The hybrid format is more fitted for those of you who have less than 2 years of experience.
Because it creates a nice balance between your skills and your experience.
Sure, you may have dabbled in other cloud computing platforms. You may even have one AWS project under your belt and you want to develop your skills further.
That’s why you need to show equal parts abilities and application. Display what you’ve done so far, as well as how you see your career path progress from here on out.
“But what if I have absolutely no experience in AWS?”, I hear you ask.
The functional resume should be your format of choice.
Cloud computing is only part of your skill set. No one goes into the field before getting into programming in general.
If you’ve only just obtained your AWS certificates, you won’t be able to show your skills in context. But this doesn’t mean you don’t have other valuable abilities.
Highlight how your other talents fit into the grand scheme of things. Show the extent of your skills and how you’ve applied them in real life.
Now that you know which resume format to choose, here is how to divide it: