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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Master your Resume

With the Masters this weekend, you may not be thinking about your resume. But you should be. Golf is a great example of showcasing practiced and time-honored skills. Try writing your resume like you are in a game of golf and see if you take home a prized green jacket, or maybe a new job.

You are a Pro. Much like golfers are identified by the list tournaments they have won or brands that sponsor them, you’ll use your technical skills and technologies you have worked with on your resume to make it clear who you are and what you offer to an employer. Be sure to put that list near the top of your resume in clear bullet points so that it is visible quickly. Show the range of technologies you have worked with in order of which skills are most recent, but leave out the “in-progress” statement, staying on top of technologies is a necessity for IT pros and it is expected by IT hiring managers. Be aware of which technologies are outdated. The IT world is constantly changing and you want to let employers know that you can keep up.

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