Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today we have a former Silicon Valley hiring manager and professional in the high-tech industry.

Troy Lee will show you the exact changes that you need to make to get your resume noticed and to get an interview in the United States.

Troy specializes in interview strategy, resume writing, and personal statements.

He helps people get the job of their dreams!

Troy says there are three common mistakes that international professionals make on their resumes.

Here are the three mistakes:

  • They don’t use spell check on their resumes: Make sure your spell check is set to American English, not to your home country’s language. Check for grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  •  They don’t know how to “market themselves”: Write your accomplishments. Quantify them. What specific value did you deliver to your former company? How did you help them increase their bottom line? Highlight your leadership experience. This is not the time to be humble. Silicon Valley and the rest of the US is competitive. You really need to stand out.
  •  They don’t study the company before they apply:  Make sure you study the company. Get some background information. Make them feel special. Learn about new projects that they working on or new products that they are introducing. Use the same words that they use in their job description. There is a program called Resumix. It’s a keyword finder where they search for everyone who used specific words in their resume. It is important to be very intentional about what keywords you put into your resume in order to get selected by this program.

Idiom from today:

“Good ole’ boy network”= your personal and professional network, who you know

Also remember, there is no need to put your photo on your resume and it’s good to leave some white space on your resume.

Troy’s Bio:

Troy is a certified, native English teacher, born and raised near Stanford, California, about 30 min. away from San Francisco, USA, and has been teaching on Italki since October 2009.

When he is not teaching students business English or helping them with their IELTS or TEOFL test on weekends and evenings (California Time), he works a full-time day job at a major Silicon Valley software company as a product manager. He has been in the high-tech industry for over 11 years.  He is well-versed in business English.

Troy has worked in many high-tech industries including healthcare, hardware, and software and has had a role as a hiring manager. He enjoys mentoring people to best position themselves, be contacted by hiring managers, succeed in interviews, and win the job of their dreams.

He even continues to help his students into their job by explaining the different cultural differences ESL students should be aware of that may differ from the work culture in the students home country.

Troy’s most popular course on Italki is Interviewing Strategy, Resume/CV, Cover Letter Wording & Layout, Personal Statement.  You can find him at

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