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The 3A's - The IT Professionals Top 3 Resume Errors............by Virginia Jeyapal, CPRW

So you spot a job opening online and it’s your dream job. You know you are the perfect candidate for this opportunity and all you need to do is get your foot in the door.  You spell check it, check for grammar, and make sure it is neat and updated.  But, are you aware that you may be making one of the top errors IT jobseekers often make on their resume? Here is a checklist: 

  1. Appearance:Have you selected a format that truly showcases your project accomplishments and technical skills? If you are a developer or project manager do not omit the scope, budget size, project details, and tools for every project. If there is special tool you used for 3 of 5 projects, a recruiter totals this time to figure out exactly how much experience you have using that tool. Such details are also important for the reader to place you among your peers and truly appreciate your skill set.                                                                            
  2. Audience:  Don’t forget that your resume is going to be screened, sometimes many times by recruiters and HR personnel before it actually reaches the IT hiring managers desk. If your resume does not balance the technical jargon with layperson language, your resume may be overlooked. It is important to keep your resume balanced and readable. Try to avoid using ‘developed’ and ‘deployed’ for every job!
  3. Approach:This is common mistake many jobseekers make. A laundry list of duties is not what they are looking for. They probably already have a good idea of what the job involves. What a recruiter is looking for is something that makes you unique, special, or worthy of this new role. Including job descriptions with accomplishments will help you showcase your duties and any highlights during that role. Try to quantify your achievements and include $s, facts, and figures wherever possible.

 The IT resume can often be challenging to write and develop.  Make sure you list all your technical skills and include a powerful cover letter. Specify if you are looking for short-term contract positions, projects in a certain regional area, or full-time employment. Do not lie about you background. There is almost always a technical interview that follows.

 

Lastly, your resume is a key tool that sells your skills and experience to both technical and non-technical employers and recruiters.  Keep this in mind before you send your application in!