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IT Resumes: Guidelines to Getting the Job

CATEGORY: Information Technology Resumes
POSTED: June 4, 2013 at 7:46 am

by Bob M., ResumeEdge Certified Writer –

The technology field is by far and away one of the fastest-growing industries worldwide. In the United States alone, the Bureau of Labor Statistics placed employment growth—in some IT positions—upward of 30% over the next 10 years. Median salaries range from approximately $46,000 for support specialists to $90,000 for software developers.

It has never been a better time for IT professionals to seek a position. However, what’s the best way to structure your resume that will get you noticed by recruiters? Here are some tips on how to put together a great IT resume.

Your Technical Skills Are Most Important

First and foremost, you need to be as detailed as possible about the technical skills you have learned and used throughout your career. Be mindful of those skills that would be considered obsolete or ones that you haven’t used in more than five years. You’ll want to omit those from your resume.

For example, while mainframe programming might sound like a good technical skill, you’d be hard-pressed to find an employer that would be looking for someone to do this, considering the migration to servers and networks. Therefore, it would be wise to not mention your skills with mainframes and place more of an emphasis on new technology.

Organizing the structure of your technical skills may vary, as Monster points out. But in any case, you will want to group your skill sets in categories such as operating systems, software, hardware, and programming languages. More importantly, this section should be placed near the top of your resume prior to your work experience.

Your Professional Skills: Equally Important

While your technical skills are the most essential part of your expertise and experience, it should be noted that your professional skills can be weighted just as greatly. For instance, you may seek a position in technical support. Besides your technical know-how, you’ll also need customer service skills.

As another example, you could be seeking a systems administrator position. Keep in mind that in many of these positions, you should have the ability to work with vendors, as you will find that most of your systems and networking equipment may be covered under service contracts.

Take a look at your work history. Were there any times that you had to work with customers or vendors? Did you take any leadership roles in which you managed people? Were you called upon to write IT policies and procedures? If so, you need to include this information.

What about Certifications?

Whether it’s A+, CCNA, or MSCE, the IT field is a veritable alphabet soup of certification acronyms. Aside from that, you will undoubtedly notice that many positions will require these certifications. Include certifications either as a separate section or as part of your technical skills, near the top of your resume.

Spell It Out!

One of the biggest pitfalls for job-seekers is the assumption that your resume will be heading straight to the hiring manager. While this may be true in some cases, most of the time the first person reviewing your resume will be a recruiter, and there’s no guarantee he or she will possess the same level of technical expertise as your hiring manager.

To be on the safe side, you will want to avoid using technical jargon the recruiter may not understand and spell out any acronyms, including the aforementioned certifications. Never assume that the person reading your resume will have any idea what MCSA or CIW means.

Following these guidelines will go a long way toward building an effective resume. Make certain that you are as detailed as possible with your skills and experience, while at the same time making your resume readable to the average individual.

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Bob M.

Skilled in IT, social media and web design, Bob has served as the Career Services Manager at Chancellor University. He holds a Master's Degree from Cleveland State University and has contributed articles on social media in job search.

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