Writing a Resume That Stands Out

Like any skill, resume writing improves with practice. Here are some suggestions to help speed up your learning curve.

Target the content. Many employers use computer programs to determine how many times certain words or phrases they’ve selected turn up on the resumes they receive, flagging those resumes that have the most matches for further consideration. How do you make sure yours is one of those selected? By scanning the job description of the position you’re applying for and using the same terms — provided they actually describe your experience, of course. For example, if you’re applying for a position as a software engineer, the employer may select Java as a keyword, particularly if that language is included in the job posting.

Proofread. According to a Robert Half Technology survey, when CIOs were asked which of the following areas their IT staff could most improve in, 15 percent said verbal and written communication skills: the third-highest response. Any errors that show up on a resume reflect on your attention to detail and professionalism — albeit poorly. In addition, communication skills are becoming more important for IT professionals to possess, as they interact with more people from across the organization. They must be able to clearly explain complex technical ideas to a variety of audiences.

Be specific. Hiring managers aren’t looking for a laundry list of tasks you’ve performed in previous positions. Instead, they seek information about your accomplishments, your advancement within a company and ways that you’ve changed or…


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