A Recruiter’s Guide to Writing a Winning Technology Resume
Your technology resume is one of the biggest factors of getting you the job of your dreams. Those few pieces of paper showcasing your career is the ticket to getting you an interview. As a recruiter, I am frequently asked to review candidates’ resumes as well as get asked for advice on how to write a resume that speaks to the job description, the hiring manager, and the candidate. In this blog, you will find all the answers you need, as this is a recruiter’s guide to writing a winning resume.
The Purpose of Your Technology Resume
The purpose of a resume is to get your foot in the door and hopefully it leads to a phone screen and/or interview. Your goal when writing your resume should be to show your abilities to do the job as well as portray how your past experience relates to the job you are applying for.
If you are currently writing your technology resume, think of it as your first interview. It’s the first thing a hiring manager sees when it comes to your experience, and ultimately, you as a person. Now that that thought is in your head, read the job description. Your experience and skills listed in your resume should correlate with the job description. Many times, I have come across what we like to call “boilerplate” resumes. These resumes are standard resumes that candidates use to apply to several jobs across job boards. Although the experience you see on these resumes are impressive, they are not tailored to the job description. This action of using the same exact resume when applying for several jobs is not necessarily helpful to both you and the hiring manager. A hiring manager receives several technology resumes a day, and they are only going to interview the candidates that hold the requirements of what the job description is asking for. The purpose of your resume is to get your foot in the door, so make sure it’s exactly what the hiring manager and company is looking for.
What to Include
Besides the standard resume requirements such as your name and contact information, there are many things to include in your resume to make it stand out. In a short summary at the top of your resume, I recommend that you specify the years of experience you have that attests to the job description. The most important things in the job description should be listed at the top of your technology resume. This also includes your key skillsets with specific technologies and certifications you have acquired that would be beneficial to the position you are applying for. Because this is all listed at the top, it’s going to be the first thing a hiring manager sees, and it determines right away if you are qualified for the role.
When listing your technical skills, it’s important to also include how you used those tools. A quick statement explaining the projects you’ve completed with a particular technology or how you benefitted a project or team with a specific skill helps showcase your experience more. This is important to showcase, however, it’s also very important not to fabricate anything. Skills and technologies that you are not proficient in should not be listed on your resume. You should be comfortable and confident with everything listed on your technology resume.
The next section on your resume is your prior job experience. This should be listed with your most recent position first. When listing your experience, it’s important to only list positions that are relevant to the job you are applying for and that is showcases your knowledge and successes of aspects pertaining to the job description. Another thing you should list is your education. This typically is placed at the bottom of your resume; however, it should be placed at the top if the job description specifies that you need a specific degree that you hold. Overall, the education you list should pertain to the job description.
When formatting your technology resume, you want it to be clean and consistent. Readability is important and you should use a generic font that is professional. At INT, we usually format resumes using bullet points. This makes it easy to read and it looks professional. Bullet points showcase the main highlights of your career that you want the hiring manager to see first.
Like all of the information placed in your resume, the formatting is also something that is based on the job you are applying for. Summaries, experience, education, skills, and technologies should be placed strategically depending on the importance expressed in the job description. With everything put together, your resume should not exceed five pages. More than five pages is excessive and should be narrowed down to the most important and relevant experience you have.
What Not to Include
The overall moral to this guide is to write your resume for the company and job description. There are, however, many general mistakes candidates make that should not be included in a professional technology resume. Your resume should leave out all unnecessary information that is not relevant to the job. In the past, I have reviewed resumes that listed that they were a black belt in Taekwondo or that they like to hike. This shows personality, but it is not necessary to list on your technology resume. It’s acceptable to bring up these interests in an interview if you find a common ground with the hiring manager or if you are asked about them, but it’s not something to be included in your resume. If a hiring manager reads something on a resume that is not relevant to what they are looking for, chances are they won’t give it a second look.
Your technology resume is the first thing a hiring manager sees, and it determines if you are qualified enough for an interview. This guide should get you on the right track to writing a winning resume. If you have any other questions regarding your resume, feel free to contact us.
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