This page will help you write a good resume that will improve your chances of landing an interview at Amazon. We will help you understand the requirements for a resume, the right format to use, and the information you must include.
Here you will find all the amazon resume tips that will help you pass the Amazon Applicant Tracking System, and, no less important, Amazon human resources managers identify your skills and achievements and select you for that life-changing interview process at Amazon.
No matter if you apply for a job as an operations manager or a software developer, Amazon requires you to demonstrate that you have the right skills for the role you are applying for, that you have not stayed in one place but made progress throughout your career, and that you are a good fit for Amazon’s workplace culture and will be able to work with other Amazon employees.
You should also use the right job ad keywords to make sure your resume is noticed by the Applicant Tracking System. Beyond this, you should show that you are a good fit for the role in general.
Our first step in creating a good resume is to understand the mindset of the average Amazon recruiter.
Before you start writing, know how to write a resume that highlights your strengths. A good resume includes a clear set of tangible achievements.
There should be evidence of what Amazon calls ‘career progression’ (i.e. multiple promotions), as well as a description of your workplace achievements in the form of specific numbers.
You should be able to quantify your achievements. For example, if you boosted revenue or cut manufacturing costs at your previous workplace, you should explicitly say that you boosted revenue “by 10%” or whatever other number applies – and if your goal was to increase revenue by 5% and you achieved an increase of 10%, you should point out you exceeded your objectives.
Finally, you should include information about the size of the companies you worked for in the past. Unless you’ve been employed by a big-name company like Microsoft or Amazon, the hiring manager is unlikely to be familiar with every name, so you should make this clear.
When you are writing about your career progression, it’s not enough to just mention every job title you hold.
You should explain clearly and concisely the differences between the positions, what new responsibilities you were given with each promotion, and so on.
If you were promoted ahead of schedule, or ahead of other employees, that is also important information that you should mention.
Any job at a company is there for a reason – you either make money (generate revenue) or save money (reduce expenses). You should be able to articulate in what way you will be helpful to the company, and the scope of the improvement you will bring.
You should be able, to sum up, your achievements in any job you’ve held in the past in a clear numerical form – how much revenue you generated, how many people worked under you, or how many positive references you have from clients or superiors. Amazon hiring managers are constantly looking for numbers.
Before you even get to the point where an Amazon Hiring Manager even starts reading your resume, it must go through the Amazon Applicant Tracking System.
This is an automated screening software that looks at resumes based on select keywords and computer analysis. It is highly selective – over half of the resumes do not get through this stage at all.
This is why it is important to use the right keywords to ensure that your resume makes it past the ATS and to the next stage where it is reviewed by an actual Amazon employee.
There are two types of keywords to use when you are applying for a job at Amazon. The first type of keyword is specific to a given position as it appears in the Amazon job description.
You can check whether your resume contains the right keywords by using a tool such as Jobscan to compare the job description with your resume. It will tell you how many words that appear in the job description appear also in your resume, and then you can work on increasing the number of matches.
There are also some keywords that Amazon hiring managers want to see in resumes regardless of the subject. Here are some of those words:
Using the right resume writing format is very important for ensuring that your resume gets selected.
There are three different types of formats that can be used:
Chronological Resume – This is the most common professional resume format. It lists your job roles, and achievements in chronological order.
Functional Resume – This resume format is best for you if you have some gaps in your employment history regarding previous jobs or if you are making a switchover to a new career. It focuses on relevant skills and talents rather than on employment history.
Combination Resume – This resume format allows you to outline both your skills and your career accomplishments in a clear and legible way. It is best for those who have a lot of industry experience or those who are applying for a management position.
Before submitting your resume, it is a good idea to ask friends, family members, or, ideally, acquaintances with industry knowledge for feedback on your resume. They might spot a problem or an opportunity for improvement that you did not. Some people even pay for a professional to help with their resume.
If you are interested in working for Amazon, you should open an Amazon Jobs account. The Amazon Jobs website is where all Amazon jobs are posted and you can use this site to search for specific job opportunities and to apply for work at Amazon or alternatively go here.
After finding a job opportunity that you’re interested in, follow the directions on the site and upload your resume. You will be able to upload your resume from a device such as a computer or a phone, or from a cloud service that hosts it.
Amazon does not provide an interface for job seekers to upload a work sample with their resumes. If you are invited to move on to the next stage of the Amazon hiring process, you will sometimes be asked to upload work samples or portfolios at that time. However, if samples of your work are available publicly online, you can provide links to them from your resume.
There is no need. Amazon does not accept cover letters.
The following are examples of a variety of Amazon resumes.
The TOM (Transport Operations Management) Team manages the facilities’ cargo and trailer storage areas.
Transportation associates (TAs) represent the lowest-ranking team members of the TOM.
Flex drivers are independent contractors that use their own vehicle to deliver packages for Amazon.
Amazon Operations Managers manage the day-to-day activities of their particular division. Their goal is to ensure that all team members work together to achieve the same goals.
SDE’s are software development engineers that create, integrate, and implement a broad range of web-scale systems and services.
Source: The examples are taken from livecareer.com