Resume Building Tips for IT Professionals
So you’ve got three certifications, a master’s degree in computer science and 10 years of IT experience, huh? Well, if you can’t convey those skills to employers in a concise, attention-grabbing manner, they might not amount to much. Certification Magazine has four resume-building tips for IT professionals who want to ensure their qualifications and abilities get noticed.
- Brevity is the soul of wit: In composing your resume, be sure to structure it with pithy phrases and bullet points. A resume should read like television listings; that is, it can be skimmed rapidly by someone with the intelligence and attention span of a typical network sitcom viewer. Employers should be able to examine your personal information, IT employment experience and certification, education and/or training history in 30 seconds, tops. If it takes them longer than that, they’ll just find another station, er, I mean candidate.
- List only relevant information: Employers don’t want to hear about how you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. Tailor the information in your resume to the requirements submitted in the job listing (if there is one). You can do this effectively in your cover letter, by lining up the company’s laundry list of qualifications and skills desired for the position on the page, and demonstrating, point-for-point, how you match or exceed them. For example:
Skills required: Skills possessed: 1. MCSE 1. MCSA 2. B.A., Computer Science 2. B.A., Computer Science, MIT 3. At least four years’ experience 3. Eight years of experience
- Make sure it makes sense: Proofreading ought to be a priority in drafting a resume. Always use spell-check. Also, write in plain, unambiguous language; remember, you’re not T.S. Eliot (even if you were, it probably wouldn’t get you any job in IT). Remember to follow the K.I.S.S. rule – Keep It Simple and Specific – and limit it to straightforward, brief facts.
- Don’t delay: Life is full of unforeseen events, as anyone working in the IT industry in the past decade can attest to. Companies go under, corporations move jobs overseas and the economy goes through cycles. Thus, you shouldn’t wait until you are actually looking for work to put together a resume. Always have one ready to send out the next day, so you’re prepared for any contingencies.