Lead with the most impactful experience. It’s best to prioritize any real-world jobs, industry work or internships, independent and group projects/game jams or competitions, and any competitive projects that were required in school. It’s ok to highlight your education or courses you’ve taken if it’s relevant and you are lacking industry experience, but remember to always give priority to real-world work as that will be more impactful.
Highlight your accomplishments, not just a laundry list of responsibilities. For example, what were the outcomes or impact of what you did? This helps hiring managers understand not only what you did, but how well you did it.
Be truthful. With resumes and portfolios alike, only list the skills that you are proficient in. If you specify familiarity with a core competency, language, or technology and you are not confident using it in a work environment, we will eventually uncover this in the interview.
Tailor your resume to demonstrate your practice and familiarity with the technologies specified in the job description; one size does not fit all, and it’s common to have multiple versions of your resume depending on the company, team, and position you are applying to. Just remember to keep it clean, focused, and concise.
Cover letters are optional at Epic. If you choose to write one, a best practice is to tailor the message uniquely to the company and position you are applying for, and say something beyond a simple repeat of the same information from your resume. Avoid blanket templates that copy/paste the company names, as those will appear less genuine. But in most instances you can skip the cover letter entirely, and focus your energy on producing the best possible resume for the position you are applying for.