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3 Tips for an Effective IT Resume

September 28 2020

An effective IT resume is a carefully thought out recipe of current skills, milestone achievements, and strategic keywords. Easy, right? Well, not so. Many IT professionals get it wrong and that’s because the tech space is constantly evolving.

Some resume blunders we’ve spotted over the years include outdated skill sets (such as administering Windows XP), lengthy descriptions, and hard to understand technical language. Candidates often make the mistake of focusing on mundane tasks versus accomplishments and include personal information that is not relevant to the job. Which is why we decided that a refresher post about resume writing is in good order.

Presenting, our top 3 resume writing tips for IT professionals:

Emphasize Current Skills
Technology evolves quickly and some of yesterday’s tech skills might no longer be relevant today. No one will care that you know the Windows XP environment inside out nor that you’ve mastered Adobe Flash programming. Hiring managers want to know that you have the updated skill sets to tackle new technologies. Provide a list of software programs and programming languages you know that are still in use and going strong. If you are learning a new tech skill to get ahead of future trends, note that as well. It’s important to show that you have a growth mindset, especially in IT.

Highlight Your Accomplishments
Instead of listing all the tasks you’ve undertaken in your previous roles, include your key accomplishments instead. By listing tasks you run into the danger of being too technical and losing the hiring manager’s 7-second window of attention. Quantify results wherever you can, highlight results where you delivered a project ahead of deadline, under budget or exceeded expectations, and draw attention to the positive changes you have made within that organization. Remember to target each resume by including strategic keywords that are reflected in the job advertisement (for ATS purposes).

Keep it Short & Concise
We recommend a 2-page length maximum. Our short attention spans quite simply cannot handle more than that, especially if you have to review hundreds of resumes. Opt for lists versus bulky paragraphs and use categories to divide the information. Include only things that relate to the job you’re applying for such as skills, experience, and the level of knowledge you have with specific technologies (for example you’re an expert at Java but a novice at C++). Omit personal interests: you can get personal at the interview but your resume will be assessed for qualifications and experience first and foremost. Lastly, replace the outdated objective line with a short and catchy tagline that shows your value.

A successful resume for IT jobs requires strategy and time. Remember that its goal is to move you ahead of the competition and get you to the interview stage. Other useful tips to keep in mind while you craft your next resume, include:

• Use reverse chronological order for listing experiences
• Leave sufficient spacing between sections or categories
• Be sure to apply consistent formatting throughout
• Do not overcrowd the page with text
• Avoid templates and tables as they may not be read by ATS
• Do not include personal data such as marital status or birthday
• Do not state “references available upon request”
• Omit personal skills like “team player”

For more guidance on resume writing, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our experienced recruiters at ProVision Staffing by calling 416-777-1708 or emailing us at info@provisionstaffing.com.