Introducing: Minimalist CV Templates (+157 remote roles)

TL;DR: I’ve looked at dozens of CVs since launching this newsletter. Working with Tymen Wander, we’ve taken the best elements and created three minimalist CVs that will help you stand out. The templates are available to all paying members of the community. If you sign up today on either the annual or lifetime membership, you can send me your current CV and I’ll update it in the template for you.

I’ve already had one recruiter at a prominent D2C brand tell me that the template is a stand out and really well done. Sign up for a monthly or annual membership here:

Or, use this form to sign up for a lifetime membership:

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I’ve looked a lot of CVs in the process of building this community and I’ve formed some opinions on what a good CV should and shouldn’t have.

One common thing I see is people putting too much information on the page and not using white space to their advantage.

So, I’ve tried to remove unnecessary elements and create something streamlined.

If you’re not familiar with Figma, you can copy this file and begin updating your CV. If you run into problems with formatting, because invariably everyone’s CV will be at different, send me a message and I’ll be glad to help.

Note: the templates are being tweaked and we’ll likely add more in the near future. We’ll also be adding more blocks that you can drop in, like volunteer experience and tools, as well as a pre-selected list of fonts, sizes, colours that you can experiment with

The impetus for this CV template was spurred after I read this ‘guide to minimalist web design.’ Add it to your weekend reading/skimming list.


Pesky interview question

Talking about your greatest weakness during an interview has been a perennially difficult question for many. Here’s one clever way to approach the what’s your greatest weakness question: start with “one area that I’m looking to improve is…”. One example, might look something like:

One area that I’m looking to improve in is having influence across the organization. How can I use data to influence others? What types of arguments do I need to make to bring along various stakeholders, departments.

That type of answer does a few things really well. It acknowledges the question and doesn’t simply dismiss it. It reframes the weakness as something that you’re working on. It shows “growth mindset.” And maybe most importantly it avoids using the “I work too hard” response.


Winning project

Sara Kimmich, a full-time data scientist with a PhD in neuroscience, who self-identifies as a Stack Overflow enthusiast ( 😊), is working on a free, open-source training community for Clojure/ClojureScript that is focused on structural equality and is the selected project for this past month’s sponsorship fee.

Sara previously launched a project called Online Brain Intensive (OBI) and will look to take learnings from that project into her next one. On the genesis of OBI, Sara noted that:

I’ve had an opportunity to see some of the most talented potential and active engineers drop out of tech because they’ve either self-selected out, they haven’t felt comfortable, or there’s been a hiring practice that hasn’t gotten them into the room and I would really like to see that change.

Sara had the idea to get everyone involved in big brain data to teach as many people as they could, at once, through an online intensive. The goal of the project was to get people to work together to make quick advances in the field.

What’s really interesting about OBI – and the approach that Sara is taking with the Clojure community – is that there was a specific intention to design the intensive so that anybody could be heard.

In the Slack group for OBI, Sara requested that no one give themselves any identifying information. The result was a 56% female participation rate in the anonymous group, compared with 18% female representation in the computational neuroscience field in general.

Sara expects the first cohort of the open-source Clojure community to be supported inside of 2020.

Want to learn more? You can watch this video to learn more about OBI and you can follow Sara on Twitter.

I’ll ask Sara to write a short blog post about how she spent the funds and anything she learned in the process and hopefully that’ll be useful to others in the community.


Good thing

I recently discovered Paul Jarvis. You might already be familiar with Paul, but if you’re not, he’s a successful indie maker. Paul wrote a book about building a company as a one person team – ‘Company of One’ – and he gets into his philosophy on business in this interview.

One of the things that struck a chord is when Paul talks about defining what enough is in the context of growing a business.

With growth, if you start to think about things like upper limits or like what enough is, and that’s different for everybody, “…” you can say ‘ok, like, if I know I need my business to make money to be profitable and support my life “…” if I reach that then I can ease off the throttle a bit, I can pay more attention to the audience that I have, I can maybe take a break, I could maybe recharge my batteries, I could maybe not work 16 hours a day but work 4 or 5 hours and find other things that I don’t have to monetize that I can just enjoy doing.

Anyways, whether you’re looking for a full-time remote role, or you’re building a project largely on your own, or something between those two things, that idea of finding enough and finding balance is kinda something that I want for everyone that’s signed up to this newsletter.

I’ll do my best to bring you resources, connections, and create tools that allow you to free up more time and work on interesting things.


Housekeeping:

  • Side project: I’ve got an idea for a small side project that requires one developer capable of building a Chrome extension and one designer. The goal would be to launch on ProductHunt and simply use it for our portfolios. Interested in hearing more? Email me.

  • Every Friday afternoon, I send out 2-3 questions to help you reflect on what you achieved this past week. To receive those questions every week, sign up here.

  • Looking to hire?: Tap our exceptional pool of remote workers to fill open roles. I’ll charge you 5% of first-year salary only when the role has been successfully filled with someone from our community. I’ll then take that full amount and put it towards one or more people in our community building a side project. You can fill out this form. This is still in beta. Email me.

Chris ✌️

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Slightly different format; you can view all jobs on this Google Sheet.

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The Memo: #29 (94+ remote roles)

Hey folks,

I’d love to get more of a sense of the types of roles that you’re looking for. If you haven’t filled a form in the past and we haven’t spoken, get in touch. I've got many more roles that aren’t included and I want to make sure there’s something here for all. email me

I’ll be launching a series of exclusive interviews with CEOs, founders, CTOs, CMOs and others running remote companies. Building a tentative list of guests, some of which I’ve spoken to in the past. The interviews should provide members with a better sense of how they operate as a remote company and their own thoughts what they look for in remote candidates.

You can support the community and get full access by becoming a founding member. Join and secure access to the forthcoming interviews, as well as other perks, for just $169 (one-time fee) by filling out this form.

(This lifetime membership deal is good as long as that link is still accessible).


#Sponsor

Codeworks offers immersive courses to master Software Engineering. Ranked as one of the best coding academies, it provides remote and on-site programs, with campuses in Europe and Americas.  Special offer for The Memo readers: get a discount of up to $500! Browse Codeworks courses through their website and apply through this link to get the discount (offer valid until January 31, 2020, for students who choose the upfront payment option).


Submit your project!

As previously mentioned, I’m taking the funds from the current sponsorship and putting it towards supporting one person in the community building a side project. Sponsorship is small ($100) but you use the funds however you see fit. You can submit your project and I’ll pick one person and announce them in the next newsletter.

Submit your project here & Full details in the last edition


  • It’s hard to write a good CV. Telling the story of the impact that you had is difficult and anyone helping you has to go off what you tell them. I’m testing sending 2-3 questions every Friday to members of the community that will have you reflect on what you achieved in the past week. I’ll send out the first batch this Friday (17th). If you’re interested, you can fill out this short form.

  • Freelance web developer and friend of the community, Josh Pitzalis, is building a new product called ClientTree, designed to help freelancers find more clients by word-of-mouth. If you’re freelancing and trying to find more clients, you can start with this blog post Josh wrote that walks you through his process.

Chris ✌️

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Engineering

Software Developer/Software Engineer – Osano

Senior Platform Engineer – Ripple

Senior Solutions Architect – Bullhorn

Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) – Splice

Software Engineer (knowledge of Go or willing to learn)

Software Engineer, Marketplace (Go)

Senior Infrastructure Engineer – Axios

Frontend Engineer – Clubhouse

Backend Engineer

MySQL BDA – ReCharge Payments

Security Engineer

Senior Software Engineer

Senior Software Engineer in Test, Platform API

Software Development Manager

Software Engineer, Platform Services

Solutions Engineer

Frontend Engineer – GLHF.gg

Senior Full Stack Developer – k3b (Remote, Germany)

Senior Software Engineer (Remote, Germany)

Sr. Software Engineer – CodeSignal

Senior Front End Developer – Territory (US)

Cloud Infrastructure Engineer – Timescale (timezones UTC-8 to +3)

Core Database Developer (timezones UTC-8 to +3)

Testing Infrastructure and Release Engineer(timezones UTC-8 to +3)

Front End Developer – Mattermost

Front End Developer (remote, Austin)

Node.js Engineer - Application Performance Monitoring – Elastic

Senior JavaScript Engineer

Front End Web Developer – Day Translations

DevOps Engineer(US) – Knock

Product

Senior Project Manager – Bullhorn (UK; travel approx. 50% of the time)

Implementation Project Manager – VNDLY (US; remote w/ prior VMS project management experience)

Product Owner – SwiftComply (note: for founding members interested in the role, I can connect you to the hiring manager)

Senior Technical Product Marketing Manager – Sisense

Product Manager – ReCharge Payments

Product Manager, Internal Tools

Director of Product Marketing – Elastic (US)

Program Manager, Website

Senior Product Manager- UI/UX – Timescale (timezones UTC-8 to +3)

Senior Technical Product Manager – Knock (US)

Senior Product Manager – Mattermost

Senior Product Manager - Mobile Applications

Technical Product Marketing Manager

Scrum Master – Limelight Health (US)

Product Manager – Day Translations

Data Science

Senior Software Engineer (Data) – Willow (open to remote based on seniority)

Database Administrator (MySQL) – BillTrust(US)

Freelance Data Analysis Mentors/Tutors – CareerFoundry

Data Analyst Course Writer - SQL, Python

Senior Data Engineer – ReCharge Payments

Marketing

Social Media/Community Manager – Outlier.org (full-time, remote)

Ad Campaign Manager – SwissBorg

Partner Marketing Manager – Corevist AngelList: $75k – $115k • 0.0% – 0.5%

Marketing Automation Manager

Community Marketing Manager – Timescale

Open Source Community Manager – Mattermost

Open Source Community Manager(remote, Berlin)

Conference Content Coordinator (Contract) – MongoDB

Design

Content Editor – Splice

Freelance UX and UI Mentor/Tutor – CareerFoundry (EU)

Freelance UX Design Tutors and Mentor

Marketing Designer – SwissBorg

Senior Design Researcher – Creative Market (US)

Graphic Designer – Credly

Product Designer – Territory (US)

Senior UI/UX Designer – Timescale (timezones UTC-8 to +3)

UI/UX Engineer (timezones UTC-8 to +3)

Mobile UX Designer – Mattermost

Sales

Account Executive – Osano (says Austin, but team is fully distributed & remote is a listed perk)

Account Executive, Field Sales (Florida) – Bullhorn

Account Executive, Field Sales (NYC Region)

Senior Strategic Consultant (heavy travel; 80% of the time)

Account Specialist, Enterprise

Account Executive of Enterprise Sales – VNDLY (US West Coast; travel 50%)

Pre Sales Engineer (US West Coast)

Pre Sales Engineer (US East Coast)

Account Executive – Sisense (Remote, Germany)

Channel Manager (Remote, Germany)

Account Executive – Clubhouse

Account Manager – ReCharge Payments

Partner Manager

Sales Manager (US) – Corevist

Sales Manager (EMEA)

Operations, Support & Other

Seasonal Customer Happiness Coordinator – Summersalt (part-time)

Customer Care Agent – Willow (several FT & PT roles; US hours)

Technical Support Analyst – Bullhorn

Senior Partnership Development Manager – Sisense (Remote, Seattle)

Director of Customer Success Operations – ReCharge Payments

Senior Solutions Consultant

Customer Success Manager – CodeSignal

The Memo: #28 (170+ remote roles)

Hey folks,

This will be the final newsletter for the year and we’ll get back at it after this in January. Instead of including all the job links in the email, I've added them to a publicly accessible Google Sheet (link below). I may revert back to including all the job links in the email moving forward.

Thank you to everyone that’s subscribed, shared this newsletter, and written in over the past few months to offer praise and feedback for this weird community of remote workers and makers that I’m building. And big thank you to everyone that’s supported the newsletter & community financially.


#Sponsor

Are you thinking about levelling-up your skill set by learning how to code? Codeworks offers immersive courses to master Software Engineering. Ranked as one of the best coding academies, it provides remote and on-site programs, with campuses in Europe and Americas. 

Special offer for The Memo readers: get a discount of up to $500! Browse Codeworks courses through their website and apply through this link to get the discount (offer valid until January 31, 2020, for students who choose the upfront payment option)


Submit your project!

As previously mentioned, I’m taking all of the funds from the Codeworks sponsorship and putting it towards someone in the community building a side-project. While it’s not a whole lot – $100 – if you’re project is chosen you can use the funds however you see fit to advancing your side-project. Details:

  1. Friends, family, and anyone else with a personal connection to me or anyone working on the newsletter will be ineligible.

  2. The only thing I’ll ask of the selected project is to either Tweet regularly over the course of a month about the progress that they’re making, or, alternatively, write a short blog post at the end of the month about their progress and next steps.

  3. I’ll pick a project in early January and anyone is open to submit their project for consideration here:

  4. I’ll announce the selected project here and on Twitter. Follow me on Twitter to keep an eye out.

  5. Have a look at the Codeworks website, if you’re thinking about picking up coding, use this link to sign up.

This whole newsletter and community has been an experiment, and so my hope is that since we’re member-funded, we can use sponsorship funds to test out a way of supporting side projects.

Questions, comments, concerns: email me.


Tips on writing a better CV

I’ve seen dozens of CVs at this point, and so I thought I’d share some thoughts about what to look out for. I plan on fleshing these points out a little more for a blog post.

  • Use a standard design format. If you’re not designer, don’t try to reinvent the wheel.

  • Make sure that there aren’t design inconsistencies. Bullet points with dashes in some places and dots in others is just one example.

  • Grammar. Can be a deal breaker.

  • Demonstrate the impact that you’ve had in each bullet point with numbers. This is a big one. Instead of simply saying oversaw this function of the business, your bullet points should demonstrate the impact that you’ve had with tangible numbers. Increased revenue by X% because of X, Y, Z strategies.

  • Less is (almost always) more. Fight the need to pack every inch of the CV with information; it makes very difficult to read for someone that’s just scanning.

  • Have someone else read it. There are things that you’re not going to see. As a perk for our paying members, I offer to review their CVs and cover letters. But I would suggest to just find someone that will do it.

  • Read other people’s CVs. In the new year, I may look to pair people up in the community so that you can read each other’s CVs.

  • Aim for brevity with your mission statement/overview, if you include one.

  • Skills. This doesn’t have to be too long and you should omit things that are obvious.

  • Your photo is probably unnecessary.

Your CV is a landing page and you’re trying to move a prospective customer down the funnel. For me, that’s a helpful way to think about the goal of a CV.

Ok, that’s kind of the easy stuff. Here’s the hard stuff:

  • Get good at telling your story or get someone else to help you tell it.

  • Know the outcome you’re driving towards.

  • Identify the weaknesses in your narrative.

Telling your career story in your CV is hard because you’re in current role but you’re also the narrator that needs to tell a compelling story and sell yourself.

Demonstrating impact seems to be somewhat difficult for a number of people. It seems that most people, myself included, only really take time to think about the impact that they’ve had in their roles when they’re revamping their CVs.

The process of updating your CV with impact points might be made easier if we all took 5-10 minutes every week to answer a few questions:

  1. What did I do this week?

  2. What impact did I have?

  3. How did I achieve that impact?

It’s difficult to outsource the writing of your CV to someone else because if you give them a CV with bullet points that say “Implemented the plan/Oversaw a team” they have no way of coming up with anything else to put in its place.

Anyways, if you find it difficult to tell your story in your CV, I’m thinking about sending out a short survey every Friday afternoon, with three questions from above, starting in January. We’ll collect your answers and you can review whenever you want or more likely every few months.

If there’s some record of the work that you’ve done, you can look back at it and craft a better story, or think differently about the impact you’re having while you’re in your current role. Additionally, other people – friends, colleagues, whoever – will be able to help craft your CV story with this additional aide.

If you’re interested, you can drop your email in this form.


  • Louis Valenzuela, OG community-member and multi-faceted designer, currently has some space in his calendar for some design work, consultation, or potentially a full-time role. Check out Louis’ revamped website here and reach out to him directly to discuss your next project.

  • If you’re interested in supporting the community with a lifetime membership (one-time fee) for $79, send me an email with a couple lines about yourself. Or you can support the community with either a monthly or annual membership via the button below:

Chris ✌️

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Slightly different format; you can view all jobs on this Google Sheet.

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The Memo: #27 (161+ remote jobs)

Hey folks,

I stumbled on this excellent blog post by Patrick McKenzie from back in 2011. Although the post is titled “Don't Call Yourself A Programmer, And Other Career Advice,” there’s some great career advice that I think is widely applicable.

I highlight three key takeaways below:

  • Finding a job via a job board is the exception not the rule.

    This the hard reality of finding any role, whether in be on-site or remote. My philosophy for people in this community has always been that you should use the job placement as jumping off point. Others have made this point, but I’ll make it again here: there are more remote roles open than are advertised. Find a point of contact and reach out to someone at the company in question. If I can find an email through my network or this community, reach out.

  • People who are good at negotiating make more.

    Being better a negotiating is key. I’ve been collecting salary info to help put people in the community in a better position when they’re negotiating. If you haven’t already, you can fill out that form here, and add your CV and recent salary range.

  • Grow your network.

    This is one of the reasons why I started the community 1-on-1s. If you haven’t yet, sign up to connect to others in the community here.


Support the newsletter and community by becoming a founding member.

I’m extending the founding member deal, where you can join for just $79/lifetime (one-time fee). If you’re interested, send me an email with a couple lines about yourself.

Note: I need to manually switch accounts from annual to lifetime and will confirm that your membership has been switched over in the welcome email that I send out.

Why join?

  • Founding member status

  • CV + cover letter review whenever you need it

  • Community 1-on-1s

  • Early access to each newsletter 

  • No ads ever

  • Best practice tips on building your own side project


General interest

Interesting communityRock the Boat is a podcast and community focused on Asian Americans challenging the status quo. This is an interesting model to consider if you’re thinking about launching a community: tell stories that’ll inspire your audience.

“[W]e find that people with longer commuting time report systematically lower subjective well-being.” Interesting paper and discussion on HackerNews.

I’m really fascinated by this approach to the work week: 5 hours per day, 4 days per week.

Project idea (very hard): build an ad blocker that works on Facebook (read how FB makes that difficult).

The Webb Blog explores the idea of a personal API, which seems really interesting.

I’m starting to think more about design, and how design can be a differentiator in building a community; I’ve been building a personal list of great landing pages, logos, etc.. This one really stood out.


Notes:

  • Thinking about joining a coding bootcamp? One coding bootcamp has offered me a referral of 5% or about $500 for anyone that signs up. If you’re thinking of joining a coding bootcamp and this is of interest, you can sign up via the unique link they sent and I’ll give you back the referral fee. Email me.

  • LIV: I reached out to COO & co-founder of LIV, AJ Shewki, and he confirms that the entire team is remote. LIV, which is trying to make VR gaming more interactive, recently raised a $1M roundSetting up a time to chat with AJ, but wanted to give the community a heads up. LIV currently has two positions posted to AngelList: Unreal and C++ Engineer and Web Engineer.

  • Upwork: aside from its sales staff in Chicago, Upwork will consider remote candidates for all other roles. There are number of product and data/business intelligence roles currently listed.

Chris ✌️

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Engineering

Full-stack Product Engineer – Salv (careers page)

Frontend Engineer (Mid to Senior) – Postscript (US)

Fullstack Engineer (Mid to Senior) – (US)

Sr. Full Stack Engineer, Payments – Starship (careers page)

Full Stack Engineer – (careers page)

Senior Full Stack Engineer (multiple openings) – Social Chorus (US)

Full-Stack Developer – Intevity

Software Architect (Ruby on Rails) – OutMatch (US)

Senior Web Developer – Treehouse (US)

Web Developer – (US)

Front End Developer – Yoko (“Everyone works remotely”)

Web Developer

Senior Backend Engineer – Launch Potato

Senior Front-end Engineer

Web Developer

Vue.js Engineer

Python Django Engineer

Node.js Engineer – Oddball

Senior Ruby on Rails Engineer – Whitespectre

Backend Engineer – We Are Mammoth

Senior Python Developer – Xapo

Senior Cryptocurrency Developer – Python

Python Developer

Linux Systems Engineer – Perforce

Product

Product Manager – Starship (careers page. Note: careers page mentions remote) $100k – $130k • 0.1% – 1.0%

Product Manager – AdHawk

Product Manager – Pac-12

Product Manager – Hangar (US)

Product Manager – Oddball

Senior Manager, Product Strategy – Venafi

Scrum Master – Xapo

Implementation Lead

Product Manager – Canada – Sonatype

Product Marketing Manager – Voxnest (Europe)

Product Manager – Savvy

Product Marketing Manager – Fastly

Senior Growth & Monetization Manager

Senior Product Manager, Security (TLS)

Technical Program Manager

Product Owner, Marketing Site

Data Science

Data Scientist – Smart

AML Business Analyst – Tookitaki

Sr. Data Scientist

Data Scientist – NICE Actimize

Senior Software Engineer – Data Team – Fastly

Marketing

VP of Growth Marketing – Perfect Keto

SEO Strategist – Sked Social (2-3 hours overlap w/ Melbourne) US$55-60k

Digital Strategist – Yoko (“Everyone works remotely”)

Sales & Marketing Coordinator – Urgent.ly (mentions remote possible on careers page)

Growth Marketer – Voice123 – US $60k

English Copywriter – Vinted

Country Manager Colombia – Xapo

Country Manager Peru

Country Manager South Africa

Country Manager US

Lifecycle Communications Manager

Writer – Wild Audience

Content and Community Manager – Voxnext

Senior Growth Marketer – Slite

Design

Web Designer – Yoko (“Everyone works remotely”)

Lead UX/UI Designer – Venafi

Graphic Artist – Waygo (part-time)

Senior Interaction Designer – Givelify

Product Designer – Gremlin (US)

Lead Product Designer – Gatsby

Web Designer – Bigscreen

UI Designer – Bejamas

Visual Designer – Ghost

Full Stack Product Designer – Localize (US) US $70-$100k

Senior Product Designer – Headway

Product Designer

Sales

Account Executive – Cyberhaven (careers/landing page)

Business Development Manager – Openly (jobs page)

Enterprise Account Executive – Lullabot (jobs page)

Ecosystem Director – Venafi

Senior Account Manager

Federal Account Executive, Civilian

Sales Development Representative – UK

Senior Account Manager – Launch Potato

Corporate Account Executive / Inside Sales – VirtualPBX

Junior Account Executive

Operations, Support & Other

Technical Support Engineer – Postman(US)

Customer Service Specialist – Starship (careers page)

Covenants Analyst – Reorg

Head of Retail – Perfect Keto (US)

Senior Manager, Global Sales Compensation – Venafi

Global Deal Desk Director

Developer Support Engineer – Lightbend (European timezones)

Manual Mobile Tester – Xapo

Customer Support Representative – Brazil

Multilingual Customer Support Representative

Senior Internal Auditor

Support and Extended Services Consultant – Tessitura Network (UK) – (careers page)

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