How To Write A Standout Technical Summary

Your NFL Preseason:

Writing a Standout Technical Summary

Photo: U.S. Bank Stadium webcam

IT job and gig seekers in need of inspiration for a winning resume, look no further than ESP…N? NFL preseason has officially begun, and believe it or not these exhibition games have more pointers to offer IT professionals than meets the eye. Perhaps influenced by the awesome tech features of the new U.S. Bank Stadium, which boasts “an exceptional fan experience,” we’re definitely seeing a connection between IT and pro ball. In particular, we’ve noticed that preseason football for new players is a lot like the technical summary of a resume for IT pros: its purpose is to catch the attention of important viewers to successfully advance one’s career.

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College Degrees: The Incomplete Picture

Pros and Cons to Consider Before Screening for Your Contract Needs

When a company finds itself in need of an IT pro, hiring managers and IT recruiters begin Collegesifting through a variety of resumes – weeding out candidates based on predetermined requirements for the role they are hoping to fill. In the past, one such requirement has been a consultant’s acquisition of a 4-year degree. However, many new initiatives and developments in the world of IT have necessitated a change in that mode of thinking. While we certainly wouldn’t turn this prerequisite on its head (screening for IT pros without a college degree) in many cases it has become an outdated mode of elimination. So before beginning the search to fill your upcoming contract needs, consider these positives and negatives to an IT pro having or not having a diploma. Doing so can help you make an educated decision about what you’re REALLY looking for, and can help you find the best resource for your needs.

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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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Tips for an IT Consultant’s Resume

Most standard rules for formatting resumes do not apply to those in the IT industry.Resume This is even more pertinent to consultants, as the temporary nature of your work means you’ve had more employers and many individual projects under your belt. So what should an IT consultant’s resume look like? What should be included and highlighted? Consider the following tips:

Tailor your resume to the job
This is a general resume rule that does apply to consultants. In fact, it’s essential. If consultants who have been in the business for 5+ years list every project they’ve ever completed, their resume could go on for days. Consider titling your ”work experience” section as “significant” or “relevant experience.” This way, you can detail the projects that are most relevant to the position for which you’re applying. We recommend highlighting your last 2-3 years. Definitely include experience that goes beyond this time frame if it is relevant, but avoid including projects you completed over 10 years ago.

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