IT Resume Writing Tips
IT Career Transformation tips on how to keep your IT resume up-to-date.
If you are in the information technology (IT) industry, you already know the importance of keeping up with the rapidly changing demand, technology advancements, new methods, and tools that you might need to use in your next challenging IT role or project. Moving from one project to another using completely different technologies and methods within less than a year is very common in IT. Keeping track of new learning and accomplishments is essential and should be reflected on your resume.
Continue reading to learn about useful tips on how to keep your IT resume up-to-date.
1. Update your Professional Headline – choose a headline that includes your primary target IT role and highlights your specialty areas to communicate your unique value proposition. For example: “Senior Project Manager (PMP, CSM) | SaaS / Enterprise Applications Delivery”.
2. Review and update your Introduction section – it should communicate your “professional brand” and what you bring to the table. Any new capabilities or soft skills that should be highlighted? Think about your differentiators and use the right keywords in your introduction. Make sure it aligns with your current career objectives and explains the value you can create to the hiring company or client.
3. Update your Key Area of Expertise (or Key Competencies) section with your most relevant competencies and soft skills that are in high demand for your target IT role.
4. Keep track and update your resume’s Professional Experience section with recent accomplishments relevant to your target IT role. Where possible include impact and measurable results. For example: “Reduced annual operational costs by $250,000...”, “Reduced number of post-production defects by 30%...” “Successfully launched an awesome product in less than 6 months from inception to production, generating revenue of $10+ million, exceeding projection by 20%”. You can also highlight a couple of your most significant accomplishments as part of your Introduction section.
5. Condense work history that is over five-years-old. Consider removing listed responsibilities and accomplishments that are not value added, or not contributing to your current career objectives. You can move any position older than 12 years, or not relevant to your target IT role, to an Additional Experience section. List the position as one line that includes company name, position, and duration.
6. Ensure alignment between your Introduction and your Professional Experience. Does your professional experience section include responsibilities and accomplishments that support your introduction and your career objectives?
7. Update your education section with relevant new certifications and training. You can highlight any new professional affiliations or awards / recognitions received from employers or clients under an Awards, Recognitions and Professional Affiliations section.
8. Make sure you are using the right terminology and keywords recruiters and ATS systems are looking for. Update keywords in your resume’s Introduction, Key Areas of Expertise (or Key Competencies), Professional Experience and Technical Skills sections. Add any new tools, software packages, and methods with strong market demand that you have recently used and gained an in-depth knowledge of, and remember to remove outdated technologies. In order to get a sense of market demand, you can simply search on job boards for positions associated with specific technology, skill or methodology. Here are few examples for project management related keywords searched on a job board and the number of jobs associated with these keywords nationwide:
“Budget Management” – 11,750 ; “Scrum” – 43,460 ; “JIRA” – 34,400; "Software Development Lifecycle" - 12,000. You can search for any other keyword relevant to your target position and location to get an idea of industry demand.
We hope this post provides useful recommendations for you to use while optimizing your career documents.
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