Sample DBA Resumes

Professional Development

Nobody knows who I am.

Yes, I know, you think I waltz into restaurants without a reservation, get the best table in the house, and Rick Bayless brings the food out himself.

In reality, sooner or later, everybody asks for a resume.  (Except Rick Bayless.  He just asks for money.)  Managers don’t read blogs, so they don’t care how many times you’ve seen us do webcasts, how many presentations you’ve attended, or how often you retweet us.  They want a simple printout that explains whether we’re skilled.

We get a lot of emails asking how to create a DBA resume or looking for sample templates, so we thought you might get a kick out of viewing how each of us approached the resume thing.

Brent’s Resume: “I wanted to tell two stories for each position on my resume: how I ended up in that job, and what I did in a typical week.  I wanted the resume to fit on a couple of pages, but if people wanted more details on a particular job, I wanted to give ’em more.  I used the jQuery Collapse-o-Matic plugin to add Read More sections.  Finally, managers have told me that they hired me because of my confident interactions in person, so I recorded a 15-minute virtual interview and embedded it.  I’d like to have a more professional one done later, but this is a good start.”

Jeremiah’s Resume: “I spent many years as a consultant at a number of mid-sized firms; I must have re-written my resume thirty or forty times and I’ve reviewed hundreds of resumes for job candidates. Unfortunately, resumes and bullet points don’t always tell the full story. I wanted people looking at my resume to know that I love my job and that I love sharing my knowledge. I don’t have the traditional DBA skill set and I wanted to emphasize my unique skills. The second half of the resume is a more traditional Title, Time, Tell Me What You Did format. It points out some of the interesting things I’ve done over the course of my career and some of the things that I’m proud of.”

Kendra’s Resume (PDF): “My big problem with resumes: I want to talk about the exciting things I’ve done right away. I don’t want what I’m proud of to get lost between dates, times, and employers. Since I love to draw, I also want my resume to be graphic. I wrote a two-page resume in a document format. On the first page I talk about the top three questions customers ask me and map in the related projects I get excited about. On the second page I walk through more of the traditional what, where, and when to contextualize my work history. I included the drawing I made of the team at the bottom of the pages– I love that I can swap this out to keep things fresh over time.”

Tim’s Resume (PDF): “I’ve a great number of things going on in my life and that wages a fierce war with my formal business education which preached the cardinal rule of “fit all of yourself onto a single 8.5″ x 11″ page with an ample number of bullet points”.  In the spirit of compromise I embraced the idea of still including the “ample number of bullet points” with the concept of a cover sheet of accomplishments and embedded links to provide even more information than I could fit on the page.  I’m relying on bits stored and served from other sites to tell the story of Me; plus it recycles leftover bullet points I’ve thrown out of my technical presentations.  I’m all about recycling wherever possible.”

So there you have it – four totally different ways of building a DBA resume.

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  • This is gold! Good job Brent Ozar PLF! Man, I’m *this* close to making my browser’s home page.

  • Very nice resumes, if any of you are looking for a job… 🙂

    I like the idea of read more, however, picture plenty people printing paper copies, clicking confusingly, causing considerable orifices, obscuring Ozar’s opulent online ontology.

    Do you really expect your resume to be read only online?

    • Thanks everybody!

      Brian – our web presence is by far one of our best assets. If I can encourage resume readers to get online here and click around, they’ll see our passion for helping the community and be more likely to hire us.

      • I was hoping you’d say that your leading the Online Resume Initiative, which would not only make better resumes (like yours), it would stop the incessant “send me the latest copy”.

  • Wow, this is something that needs to be out there more often. Most of the time you just see these resume farms with terrible examples.

    Way to provide real world examples for all the wanna-be DBA’s out there. Keep filling the void with the BO/PLF awesomeness. I guess I can remove this idea from my list of things to blog about when I’m not convincing myself I don’t have time to blog.

  • Very useful! Thank you all for sharing!!

    On a lighter note…
    @Brent Looking forward to an IMAX 3D version 🙂 ?

  • Just curious, is there a reason why Brent didn’t include the stint with SQLskills in the resume?

    • Gabriel – yeah, I didn’t include it because it would raise more questions for clients than it would answer. I left off some past duties as well as a couple of past jobs – I also did a six-week stint for a global financial firm, and I quit because I abhorred the red tape. Took me several weeks just to get a computer, and when I did, it was dual 14″ CRTs. (sigh)

  • Great article…So I’ve got my resume sorted, I’ve got an interview time and date but……..what do I wear? Suit, jeans and a jacket, shirt and tie?? Any thoughts/guidance?

    • Mark – I recommend stalking. Look at the company’s web site. See if they’ve got a Twitter feed, Facebook page, Flickr account, etc, and look for pictures of the working environment. If that doesn’t work, search for the interviewer’s name and other company staff members names. (LinkedIn can be a good resource for this.) Look at their photo feeds and social media accounts to see if they’ve posted pictures at work.

      Then dress to fit in perfectly.

  • Resume Format
    July 4, 2013 12:59 am

    The examples which you showed are very realistic.As a recruiter i agree with your words.If the resume is too much complicated than I won’t even look because none of the recruiter has enough time to study the resume.


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