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Repost: How To Write an I.T. Resume

In Advice, help, Interview, Interviewing, IT, jobs, resumes, review on July 28, 2011 at 11:01 am

I’ve had to format a lot of resumes in the last few weeks, and I think it’s time we revisit this post. Please heed this advice when writing your next resume!

If looking for a job is a full-time job, then writing a resume is like working double-overtime. Remembering all your important information and organizing it in a legible fashion can be extremely time consuming. Here are some tips on how to write your I.T. resume.

Know your stuff. Be sure you have information about the places you’ve worked, the positions you worked, the dates in which you worked there (month included), and the details of each job. You’d also better have a list of your certifications (if you have them) and a list of any training sessions you’ve attended.

Bullet points. Using bullet points rather than paragraph style makes your resume easier to read. This method allows the reader to quickly scan your resume rather than getting lost in huge paragraphs, thus losing interest in your resume.

Start with a bang. Each bullet point should start with an active verb. The words “does/did” and “works/worked” are boring! Use exciting, descriptive words to illustrate each point you make, like “Installed and maintained software on 1000+ computers,” or ” Directed the overall program management to ensure compliance with contractual regulations.”

Include a summary. This is your 2 minute elevator pitch. If you’re looking for a job, you’d better have one. This is the first thing interviewers will see on your resume after your name and contact information. You’ll need to give a very brief synopsis of your experience, including the number of years of experience and skills you have related to the position you apply for, and other professional qualities you might have that relate to key terms in the job description.

Watch your grammar. Grammar is insanely important when writing your resume.

First – never write in 1st person (using “I” and “me”). Standard resumes are written in 3rd person, using he, she, it, etc. In most cases it’s actually beneficial to leave out these pronouns all together.
Second – always spell check the finished document.
Third – before you submit your resume anywhere, be sure to read it over to yourself. Spell check doesn’t always catch everything, especially with tech jargon.

Get organized. Your professional experience should be written in chronological order. That means your most current position should be listed at the top. Here’s how we categorize our resumes:

  • Name and contact info
  • Summary
  • Technical Qualifications
  • Certifications
  • Professional Experience
  • Education
  • Training

K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Silly! The more complicated your resume, the higher the chances are to confuse your reader. Things like text boxes, frilly borders, and self photos are a no-no!

Take a look at your resume – does it follow these guidelines? If not, it’s time to freshen it up!


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