IT Specific Resumes

IT resumeEvery job seeker knows that a resume is his passport to get into a country “JOB INTERVIEW.” That is why your resume should be well-organized, clearly written, and formatted using the industry standards. Note that often before they get to a Hiring Manager’s desk resumes for IT positions may be filtered by a “middle man” – an administrative professional who sorts them based on format and skills matrix requirements or a Managed Service Provider company whose account managers select top 3-7 resumes out of large submittal pools. If during this first brief look at your resume, this person sees many different fonts, no clear format, and incoherent lists of duties simply copied from previous job descriptions, they may discard it and you will not receive a chance to interview.

Here are some tips you should bear in mind while updating your resume:

1. Begin your resume with a clear headline listing your generic job category and some specific sub-categories / skills.

2. Be specific and prioritize your areas of expertise by relevancy, tailoring the resume to position descriptions you’re applying for. Put your relevant skills on top of the list, so the recruiter can see immediately that you posses those specific requirements set by a client.

3. Be brief. HR managers and recruiters do not have a lot of time to read all the details. Do not simply copy a list of duties from your previous job description. Instead, use active verbs to show your actions, achievements, and contributions. Limit yourself to 4-5 bullet points for key duties and 4-5 bullet points in achievements. You can elaborate more on your duties during the interview, when asked.

4. Keep your resume at 1-2 pages, never longer.

5. Be concrete. Use numbers and measurable results — show how many people you supervised, how many projects you have accomplished, by how much you increased the profit, what specific applications you developed, how many people/group types you served in IT support, and how much money you saved your previous company.

6. Be honest. Surveys say that 41% of job applicants tend to lie in their resume. Do not be one of them; you are only going to hurt yourself when you find out that you are not able to discuss your past experience with confidence during the interview.

7. Mind your spelling, grammar, punctuation, and formatting. Every resume has to be professional, and there are resume templates you can always find online. In formatting your resume, show your ability to communicate clearly and respect your potential employer’s time. It’s the first impression that can pay off in major ways!

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8 Responses to IT Specific Resumes

  1. Geoff says:

    None of this article is IT specific in any way. It is very general and common resume advice

    • Roxy Cane says:

      Thank you for your comment Geoff. We value your opinion though we intended this article for IT professionals. Actually, a resume does not have to be extraordinary for an IT consultant. That’s why it looks general.

  2. Joachim Ooi says:

    Thanks for sharing this useful article.

    Point 2 is very important cause being an IT recruiter here, what captures my attention is their specific IT skill sets and having it on top of the resume will draw my attention more into reading it further.

    Point 7 is also another important factor that I see not many people are aware of. The moment when I see more than 1 spelling or grammar mistakes, I will tend to have a negative impression on their language and most likely move it to rejection even without a co-calling.

  3. Hire Resolve CV Service says:

    Very true Roxy. Your advice is spot on! If you can afford it, really do get professional help to draw up your CV. Pulling a template off the internet..I’ve seen them all, is not going to help. An IT CV is VERY different from others. You have to include a skills matrix…. That is up to date with absolutely no spelling errors on the products / tools / software names you list. I advise to not use the numerical scale indicator of proficiency, it is tedious to read, just use “beginner, proficient, advanced or specialist”. For graduates, list the packages you know, and can use, but leave out proficiency. Because a skills matrix can be quite lengthy attach it as a separate document (make sure your name + the word ‘skills matrix’ appears in the file name. It must have the same style / look as your CV. I strongly suggest however that if you really want to make an impression, source a company that are specialists in writing IT CVs. To be sure, just ask for an example of their skills matrix before you pay and you will easily spot if they are clued up with the latest or not. And do shop around to compare the look and feel of the CVs the different companies create. If they do not want to show you an example, most don’t, I will press the point that you can not buy something if you have no idea what it would look like. If they still refuse, I would swiftly cross them off my list… What are they hiding? Before submitting your CV first have it reviewed by a fellow worker to make sure you are not missing anything.

  4. Leopoldo j Cirilo says:

    HR people is looking for cronological experience. I use to include only 4 bullets as the introduction part. Then the academic part. Language skills, and then my experience. But you people dont understand technicisms. thikn about this – Do you need to hire an expert to do the IT selection Oportunities?. let me include this cover letter:

    Hi

    The Curriculum-Vitae shows my professional career resume, since 1975 until today. These profile contributions to enterprise.

    Computational Systems programming in top Technologies. its process developments. Improves Implementation of all these, and infrastructure changes all over these Projects management.

    All systems Phases Managing due dates for, planning, changing process equipment design, system design, program development, unit testing, quality test control & implementation by end user and customers.

    Sales passion according to customer needs, with better balance between its costs & Benefits.

    Thanks

    Regards

  5. IT creative or robot? says:

    The role of a resume is to provide information on an applicant to determine suitability. Your suggestions are at odds with every other recruiter I have dealt with. They wanted 10 years of coverage detailed, even if that takes 5 pages, and all prior experience readily available if requested. They did not want cookie-cutter layouts, special formatting; bullet points; or a skills matrix, they wanted to be able to determine communication style; how they conveyed their skills and experience; and where someone copied/pasted. Your own site states that you send resumes as provided by applicants to clients to show the applicant’s style. I have only once had to create a skills matrix, on the hiring company’s website, since they used a program to filter for all the required words. As someone who selects and participates in interviews, my only requirement from HR/vendor manager is the entire resume with the references to the required skills highlighted. Non-technical recruiters/HR are not ideally suited to screen more than that for IT positions, that is the task of the hiring manager looking for the right candidate and preventing churn. I feel obliged to make the time to read the resume and attempt to determine validity, personality and potential fit, then ask the person to invest time to personally interview. Anything less is not doing right for my employer. Lastly, everything is geared to the applicant proving their worth and why they should be hired – we reciprocate by presenting why they should want to join us. We may be IT, but we are people first, and we interact with people too, and I would rather hire someone with people skills than resume-formatting skills imposed on them.

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