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Tips to Master your IT Resume Writing

Focus on achievements, not tasks

Your basic job duties should not take center stage in your IT resume. Instead, save room to detail your achievements, and include metrics whenever possible.  Most managers spend approximately 25 to 30 seconds scanning a resume.  You have to grab their attention fast is you don’t want to end up in the recycling bin.

 

Tell a focused, cohesive story

Remember the 25 seconds, hiring managers want to quickly understand your resume—which can be difficult when you have a wide range of career experience. Focus on the job you’re seeking as opposed to your entire work history. Emphasize accomplishments related to the position you want, and omit items that don’t support your career goals.

 

Edit ruthlessly and organize information well

While the one-page rule for resumes is outdated unless you’re a junior candidate (Less than 5-7  years of experience) being concise still counts. Limit your resume to two pages or less—and don’t cram in extraneous information. Format your resume for readability, which means building in lots of blank space and avoiding large blocks of text. Most managers prefer bulleted text, which makes for easier scanning.

Get a friend to proofread your resume for you.  A fresh pair of eyes will catch mistakes you have gone blind to.  If no one is about to assist, print it out on paper and read it through several times.

 

List skills near the top

Most IT leaders receive many resumes each week (some reports estimate anywhere between 10 and 30), and yet even with that many resumes, they think at least half the applicants are unqualified for their open positions.  Faced with a continual stream of resumes, IT hiring managers want to quickly determine whether you meet the requirements of their opening. List all your relevant skills near the top of the resume to give readers a reason to pay closer attention to you as a candidate.

 

Enhance your credibility with social media

Most IT leaders believe that a significant number of resumes contain exaggerations and even lies. By building a public LinkedIn profile, you can help validate the truth of your resume. Most employers place more trust in the social network than resumes, believing workers are less likely to exaggerate skills and accomplishments in a public forum. So include your LinkedIn profile as a resume link.

Engineers and developers who use GitHub or similar public or open source forums should feature those links on their resume as well.

 

One size does not fit all

Cater your resume to the industry, company and position that you are applying to.  One resume does not fit all applications.  Closely examine the expected job duties and required skills in the job posting and organize and highlight your experience and skills accordingly so that you are noticed by the hiring manager as a likely fit for the role.

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