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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“Don’t, Don’t You Want Me?” – Your Work History on LinkedIn

LinkedInExperienceHas a lack of activity on your LinkedIn profile page left you asking the question made famous by the 80’s hit song: “Don’t You Want Me?” Some wisdom from the ESP IT recruiting team in this second blog of our three-part LinkedIn Tips series will tell you how the middle of your LinkedIn page—the “experience” section—could be negatively impacting your professional image. While the opportunity to include as much IT work-history as desired can be an advantage for more seasoned IT pros, when used incorrectly the experience section may be holding you back. You won’t “be sorry” that you checked out our tips for cleaning up this tricky section.

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“Should I Stay or Should I Go?” – LinkedIn First Impressions

LinkedIn pen resumeLinkedIn has revolutionized the way recruiters and hiring managers are able to interact with IT consultants. The Clash may have been talking about a relationship dilemma in their hit song, “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” but with so many profiles on LinkedIn and limited time to look through them, IT recruiters can’t help but ask themselves that question in the first few seconds of viewing a LinkedIn profile. While this has ultimately been a positive change for all parties, the expectations that come along with an online presence can lead recruiters to feeling that an otherwise qualified IT pro will be “double trouble”. The ESP IT recruiting team is here to “let you know” what you can do with your photo and summary to make them “stay” on your page and consider you a viable candidate for your dream IT gig.

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Top 5 Tips For Your LinkedIn Profile

Around 280 million people are on LinkedIn.  98% of recruiters use LinkedIn to find potential candidates. So distinguish yourself with the following tips.

Stand Out with your Summary Statement

Take the opportunity to show recruiters and future employers what sets you apart from other candidates with your summary statement.  Avoid boring, generic sentences.  Instead, showcase your passions within your industry and how you are able to add value to a future employer.

Emphasize Your Experience

With every post of current or previous experience you are able to add a link or upload a file.  Use this tool to add papers, presentations, published documents, or link to online portfolios to give potential employers and recruiters a tangible piece of your abilities and experience.

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Your “How To Get An IT Job” Checklist

checklistSometimes the best place to start is getting back to the basics.  It can be tempting to dive right into the job search and apply for every job remotely connected to your skill set but it’s important to pause and take a moment to assess what you want from a job.  Here are 5 checklist items to help you get a great job for you.

1.  Develop the job description for the job you want:

Take some time when you begin your job search to discover what exactly you’d like to be doing.  Which technologies do you want to use and how do you want to use them? A great way to do this is to look at previous jobs and pinpoint what you liked and didn’t like about each of these jobs.  This will give you a starting point to understand where your passions are in your industry.

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Buzzwords: to use or not to use

Last week, LinkedIn announced the most overused buzzwords on profiles in 2011.Buzzwords As reported by CNN, Nicole Williams, LinkedIn’s connection director, instructs job seekers to “Banish buzzwords from your profile. Use language that illustrates your unique professional accomplishments and experiences. Give concrete examples of results you’ve achieved whenever possible and reference attributes that are specific to you.”

While the common use of these buzzwords means that they don’t necessarily help a  résumé stand out, job postings are still calling for dynamic (#10) individuals, with strong communication skills (#9). Usually these postings ask for highly motivated (#6) individuals, who are organized (#2) and have a track record (#5) of effective (#3) or creative (#1) problem solving (#8). So, should job seekers really ditch all these terms, just because they are used a lot? I don’t think so.

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Apply with LinkedIn Button to Launch Soon

No one likes the tedious process of filling out an online job application. The hassle of typing in your information and job history into separate boxes over and over again can cause many applicants to walk away midway through the process, or not begin the application at all. *

LinkedIn plans to launch a new tool meant to streamline the application process for job applicants. Rather than fill out a separate application on every job board and individual company’s website, the Apply with LinkedIn button, will allow applicants to login to their LinkedIn accounts, answer only a few questions, and allow their LinkedIn profiles to do the rest.

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