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Resume Tips

Today, the IT job market is getting more and more competitive and one of the most important elements you need to succeed is an outstanding resume.

Your resume should provide employers and recruitment consultants with insight about you. It should help them understand what you have to offer, what you have achieved and the level of responsibility that has been thrust upon you. It must be clear and unambiguous.

Technical Summary

Effective technology resumes clearly show the candidate’s technical skills.

Add a Technical Summary or Technical Expertise section to your resume.

Break the section into subcategories so the reader can quickly scan through your knowledge of programs and applications.

Possible categories include technical certifications, hardware, operating systems, networking/protocols, office productivity, programming/languages, Web applications and database applications.

List the programs/applications that you could confidently discuss in an interview.

Career Summary

Your resume needs a personality. The reader shouldn’t be impressed only by your technical qualifications, but should also find you to be likeable and well-suited for the team. You can highlight some of these skills in a Career Summary section.

Soft skills such as interpersonal communications, ability to work collaboratively and commitment to achieving corporate goals are just as desirable.

Focus on Achievements

Technology job candidates usually make one of two critical errors on their resumes: either the document is excessively long with excruciating detail on every assignment ever completed or too short with hardly any descriptions at all. There needs to be some middle ground. Your resume should be able to effectively showcase your achievements.

What to Include

For each position you’ve held, give a brief synopsis of the scope of your responsibility. Then show how your performance benefited the company.

Accomplishments are most powerful when they are measurable, so include actual performance figures whenever possible.

Focus on your most impressive technical projects/accomplishments.

Keywords

The best keywords for your resume will depend on your job target and experience.

To determine the best keywords for your industry, examine technology jobs posted on Monster to see which credentials and skills are used frequently; these are potential keywords that should be incorporated into your resume.

For contract work in technology

Provide a bulleted list of your top projects, indicating the company (or type of company if confidential), reason for hiring you, scope of your project, your specific approach to the project, challenges/obstacles faced, work performed and benefits to the company.

If you are new to the technology field

Consider offering free or low-cost technical services to charitable organizations, friends, family or local businesses. Doing so allows you to hone your craft and show related work or volunteer experience on your resume. Also, pursue as much training as possible to get up to speed. Entry-level candidates should focus on their potential in the field, ability to learn challenging concepts quickly and motivation to succeed in the industry.


 

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