IT Resume Writing: Top Writing Tips
IT Resume Writer's Goal
As you begin to develop the main content of your resume, you'll begin to expound on your professional experience. This is where you need to do 3 key things:
- What you did
- What you accomplished
- How you accomplished this
The body of the resume should contain your work history. If you're in consultancy, you want to select key projects over the last 10 years that showcase your range of skills, and highlight your major accomplishments. Anyone with a regular working contract, you need to list your work history from the last 10-15 years, in reverse chronological order.
Include a Company Summary
Introduce the company you worked for and include a summary of the position you worked. This helps give the reader perspective and really understand the scope of your responsibilities. This could include:
- Size of company (headcount)
- Primary product / service
- Who their audience was
After a brief company summary (which can ideally be conveyed in one single well worded bullet point) you should introduce your role, what you achieved, technology involved, etc. This is when you can go into more detail, summarizing the specific processes and techniques involved, citing software and programming languages. Make sure the emphasis is placed on achievements still.
Translate Accomplishments Into Business Value
Probably the hardest thing to achieve with your resume is connecting your technical expertise with business value. This means translating any achievements into business language – what was the outcome of the projects you were involved in? How did they positively affect the business? For a webpage designer, an easy example is highlighting the increase in conversion related to your work re-designing a homepage. For programmers, did you develop any software that then streamlined business efficiency? Try to identify the long and short term goals of any companies you worked for, consider how you helped the company achieve this, and reference tangible accomplishments, like revenue or sales increases using a dollar amounts.
Include a Key Skills Section
To help increase the effectiveness of your resume you should include a section titled key skills or core competencies. This will showcase buzz words, industry jargon, and specific skills that are relevant to the job you want. If you're looking for a development job and you know the company uses specific programming languages, include these in the key skills section. List operating systems, hardware, software, etc. and anything you think can catch the eye of an HR looking for specific skills / knowledge.
Avoid including old / outdated programs like CP / M, DOS, Windows 3.1, WordStar, WordPerfect 5.1. Unless they are specifically required.
Certifications and licenses can also be highly relevant; In such a case you can create a distinct section within your resume detailing these.
What Not to Include!
We see a lot of resumes that often include irrelevant information. You are looking to write a targeted resume that works as a marketing tool to earn you interviews – there is no obligation to include any specific details; you especially do not need to include personal career facts such as: age, race, sex, marital status, previous job pay / compensation package, reasons for leaving, hobbies, interests, etc.