Recession Proof Your Resume

Tough times may or may not be coming. For those IT pros currently in the job market or planning to enter it soon, it’s time to spit shine your resume. Oh, and you might consider recession proofing it as well.

It’s no longer enough to have the technologies you know supported on your resume. More and more companies are moving toward business outcome versus business processes, so showing your soft skills in addition to your technology skills is paramount, said Nina Buik, president of Encompass, HP’s largest enterprise technology user community and senior vice president of MindIQ Corp., a technical training company.

“I recommend going to sites like, or anywhere there are technology jobs posted, and get an idea what people are looking for,” she said. “Build your resume to the opportunity versus just throwing out what technologies you support and hoping that people will find value in that.”

Buik also said it’s not enough to come to the interview armed with your document resume. Potential employers also should be able to see your presence online on social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

“You have to put yourself out there,” Buik explained. “Let people know you are looking for opportunities, and you’ll be found. On sites like CareerBuilder or Monster, you can find yourself with so much competition you’ll get lost. The key is to make yourself stand out in the crowd.”

Personalizing your resume using job descriptions, expanding your online presence…

Kellye Whitney


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