Writing a resume is not hard: There’s a standardized format that shouldn’t be strayed too far from (unless you are in more creative fields).

I’ve realized — after reviewing hundreds and thousands of resumes — that not everyone knows what this standardized format should look like. That’s okay. That’s what this article is meant to help with.

I. Resume Header


At Opus, I’ve been helping strategy, operations, and finance professionals navigate startup recruiting for the past few years. Most candidates who come to me early on in their search have the same few questions:

  • Where to start — How to begin my search?
  • What does the recruiting process look like — How do I ensure I am prepared?
  • What to expect in terms of comp — How do I negotiate this? What is fair?

This article covers part I – where to start.

Step 1: Reflect on your career to-date.

Many candidates come into an intro chat with a recruiter without having even thought about what they…


You’re looking to recruit for tech and startup jobs.

Unfortunately, it’s April 2020, and the country is in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The economy is in a downward spiral, companies are downsizing, hiring freezes are in place, and uncertainty abounds.

What do you do?

Photo by Edwin Hooper on Unsplash

At Opus, an increasing number of candidates are reaching out to hear our thoughts on the market today. In the spirit of transparency, here’s what we are seeing:

  • 1/3 of recruiting business has gone away entirely: These are either companies in industries that have been hit particularly hard by the crisis and don’t believe…

Juliette Lim

Co-Founder @ Opus Search. Ex-McKinsey.

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