Get Your Resume Noticed: Use The Top To Get To The Top

Get your IT resume noticedTo make a great impression, focus on the top portion of your resume.  Recruiters and hiring managers are busy folk so show how great you are and make their job easier by keeping these 4 tips for the top in mind before submitting your resume.

1. Executive summary.  Executive summaries can be very difficult to write; it’s not easy to summarize your career goals, winning personality, and culture fit in 1-2 sentences. But particularly for IT consultants, who may have a long list of experience, the summary is essential for helping you stand out and making it clear to those reviewing your resume where your experience lies. Be specific.  Are you a developer with 8 years of experience in financial services? Include that in your summary.  Make sure that this statement conveys a clear message about who you are and is tailored for the role.

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6 Questions for Quickly Assessing IT Resumes

IT Resume ReviewEver wonder what a recruiter looks for when working to fill a job post?  You know the basics of a good resume: bullet points, bolded titles, no spelling errors. But there’s a lot more to reading a resume and quickly assessing if the candidate should receive further consideration.  Check out these 6 lines of questioning our recruiters use when they view resumes to find qualified candidates for our clients.

  1. Location. Are they local? If not, are you willing to relocate a qualified candidate?
  2. Education. If you require a specific degree, and it’s a deal-breaker, does the applicant have the necessary education?
  3. IT Skills and languages. What skills, languages, or technologies does the candidate highlight on their resume?  How many skills and languages do they claim to be an expert in, and is it what you need? Or are so many listed that you wonder if they are an expert at any of them at all?
  4. Experience. Do they have relevant experience? Do they have a record of promotion on their resume?  If not, why have they not been promoted?
  5. Past companies. Have they worked for good companies?  Is the company culture at any of those companies similar to the culture at your company?
  6. Projects. What projects have they been a part of?  Do they talk about their specific contributions to these projects, and are those contributions relevant?

This list is a good starting point for narrowing down qualified applicants, but keep in mind, the best applicant is someone who knows their limitations and what they still need to learn. Even if they don’t have everything you want, they might have what you need, and the potential to learn.  If the candidate is able to pass this cursory glance, then dig deeper into their resume to find a candidate that is not only qualified but a great addition to your team.

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If You Build It, They Will Come…Into the City, That Is

minneapolisYou may be hearing a lot about how hot the Minnesota IT job market is these days, but did you know that Minnesota tech startups are just as hot; especially when you look at the Twin Cities?

Tech startups have begun a new trend.  Instead of sprawling to the suburbs or moving to remote locations- as in years past- tech companies are now moving into the cities.  This could be in response to the cultural shift in the United States of moving from the suburbs to urban centers. Downtown and urban locations help to attract young talent because of access to transportation services and the appeal of the urban setting to this demographic.

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Looking for a Latte Inspiration?

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Working at a cozy coffee shop or bustling diner can be a luxury of working remotely, but did you know that there is another benefit other than unlimited refills?  Coffee shops have a natural noise level to boost your creativity and productivity.

The atmosphere of the coffee shop is actually what helps you stay motivated and focused, not that second or third cup of coffee.  Research suggests that noise levels can help if they are neither too soft or too loud. The noise level of the java house is close to 70 decibels, which according to many studies, is the perfect level of ambient noise. Noise levels have a direct impact on your ability to work and be creative

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