So, before you start applying for each available role, do your research:
- Where is this position available?
- Is it limited in some way by state laws?
- Would you need a visa, and would you expect Microsoft to provide it?
- Does it require you to travel and where to?
The company offers accommodation where necessary. But you need to be sure that you’re capable of fulfilling your part of the deal.
Next, review Microsoft’s core competencies:
- Drive for results
- Customer focus
- Influencing for impact
These can give you a good idea of what the tech giant looks for in a perfect candidate.
Review the company’s track record. See how these competencies translate into real life. Then think of examples from your academic or work history.
Is there any way you can align your experiences with Microsoft’s goals and values?
The company is searching for someone who:
- Shows a proactive attitude, combined with a growth mindset
- Displays high intelligence and strong skills
- Can prove they have the passion for technology. And business acumen to be an industry influencer.
- Has the desire to learn and surpass their own expectations
Sounds like you have to be a superhuman to be able to do this. But it’s actually much simpler than this.
Think about how you’ve displayed these characteristics so far. Talk about your biggest achievements and strengths.
Most importantly, reflect on how these shape you into the professional you are. And how these have helped you build your career.
Show a clear career progression. And don’t forget to link how your skills can help the tech giant reach its goals, too.
The company doesn’t want you to just list your duties. Reflect on how your work has affected your past employers and yourself.
With this being said, how can you fit all this in one page?
Microsoft's recruiters say your resume can be longer than a page. But make sure you:
- summarize everything succinctly
- keep it relevant
- Feature your best achievements on the first page
What about the resume format?
You have three options:
Which one to use would depend on your skills and work experience. If you’re a seasoned professional, then stick to the traditional reverse-chronological format.
Start with your latest successes and projects. But don’t go back further than 10 years.
If you’re a recent grad with several internships under their belt, go for the hybrid resume. This one offers the perfect balance between theory and practice.
Begin with your internships and then move onto academic achievements.
What if you don’t have any experience? Use the functional layout. This format allows you to highlight your skills and how you’ve acquired them.
Especially useful if you’re switching careers. And if this is the case, consider giving the hybrid resume another chance. There are many transferable skills you can show.
Microsoft's recruiters don’t care if you haven’t worked an industry-related job. As long as you can prove you can use your talents for the company’s benefit, you have a chance.
Now that we’ve got the layout, what’s the best way to divide it?
Here is what we suggest: