Proficiency in information technology (IT) is highly marketable in today’s world, where technologists are in high demand—but even so, technical professionals need to effectively market themselves. One key to this self-promotion is a well-written resume. Whether you’re actively seeking a new position or just want to be prepared for the rare career changing opportunity that a talent agent calls you out of blue about, it’s wise to have a memorable resume that emphasizes your capabilities and value to a perspective hiring manager and their organization.
So how do you ensure your resume gets response you need? Here are some of the best practices for technologists looking to spruce up their resumes.
Building an Effective Tech Resume
- Start with a summary. Technologists should open their resumes with a brief statement, encapsulating their core capabilities, situations where those skills have been value they bring to employers. Do this in lieu of an objective, which is old-fashioned and redundant. (Your objective, of course, is to get a job—hence the resume!)
- Projects not tasks. Too frequently technologist resumes focus on tasks—one-liner bullet-points of each daily individual duties. Though important, a more effective way to relay duties is to incorporate them in an overall explanation of projects. Well written project descriptions paint a clearer picture of the technologist’s impact to their employer’s key initiatives.
- Statistical impact. With most any employer, each employee’s impact is gauged, in part, based on their metrics or KPIs—numbers that impact the goals of the company. Numbers that include money earned or saved, percentage of operational uptime or tasks completed on-time, number of lines of code, numbers of people or technologies overseen, product versions, so on and so forth. Use statistics applicable to your role and make sure to use them in both your executive summary and experience descriptions.
- Well placed jargon. It’s not only important to list your marketable technologies in a technical summary for the laymen, recruiter or talent acquisition specialist to source but be sure to embedded them expertly in your project descriptions so a hiring manager knows where, when and how you effectively used the tools.
- Mind the length. One-page resumes used to be the norm and remain sufficient for recent grads and those new to the industry, but 2 to 3 pages is plenty for most. As a general rule, detail the last 5 to 10 years to focus on more recent achievements and condense any older positions especially for less applicable legacy technologies. A more seasoned professional should have an expanded resume available upon request.
- Customize, customize, customize. The key responsibilities of each role to which you apply varies between potential employers. Make sure your resume emphasizes the most applicable skills and experiences you bring that impact those key needs. Move more applicable project descriptions higher up in your work history, bold key words and re-write your professional summary to reflect the job description priorities.
Send Your Resume to an Information Technology Staffing Agency
Once you’re pleased with your resume, send it along to an information technology staffing agency—like eNamix. That’s one of the quickest ways to jumpstart your career search.
As a leading information technology staffing agency, eNamix helps Southern California-based technologists find positions that align with their skillsets and their long-term goals. To learn more about the IT staffing solutions we offer, contact the eNamix team today.