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Ideal IT Resume Length: Google Weighs In

Monday, October 13th, 2014

The question of how long resumes should be has been debated by IT recruiters, IT contractors, and IT staffing firms for a long time.  While it’s unlikely there will ever be one answer for every in the information technology field, Google has recently given an interesting answer to the debate.  IT consultants and technical recruiters should obviously take many factors into consideration when polishing resumes, but here’s the excellent advice Google has given on resume length.

Resumes don’t necessarily have to be confined to one page, but they shouldn’t be novels, either.  The more concise a resume, the better a consultant looks.  A resume that is well-edited reflects well on an employee.  It doesn’t hurt to leave out details on a resume, as these can be filled in during interviews.  So take the time to edit and remove all the details you could fill in later in the hiring process—it may be key to getting you your dream IT jobs.


It’s every IT contractor’s worst fear: their resume is a nightmare for IT recruiters and hiring managers to read. Don’t let yours be too long– or too short!



Don’t Make These Mistakes on Your IT Resumes!

Friday, October 10th, 2014

IT consultants, whether working on their own or with IT recruiters and IT staffing firms, must all rely quite a bit on their resumes as they search for IT jobs.  Beyond job interviews and good IT recruiters, IT contractors should consider their resumes to be the most important asset they have in their job search.  Here are 2 mistakes that will sink even the best resume to the bottom of the pile:

  1. Typos.  Depending on the company, typos can be a huge deal.  Google, for instance, always tosses any resume with typos in it.  While typos on a resume could be a big deal for any profession, in information technology, attention to detail can be crucial.  Typos on your resume make it pretty easy for potential managers to question how detail-oriented you really are.
  2.  Sharing confidential information.  If your resume is the place to prove your value as an employee, it’s certainly important to prove that you are trustworthy.  The worst way to do that is to include confidential information about an employer on your resume.  Just don’t do it.  Additionally, avoid giving contact information for your references.  While it’s not the worst mistake you could make, giving out all their contact information on your resume could and probably will be considered a breach of your references’ trust.  You’re revealing all their confidential contact information on something you’ll be sending out to a lot of people.  Save references’ information for later in the job process—they’ll thank you and it may just help save your chances of getting the job!
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Check that resume for typos before you submit it!

Do You Answer This Question Right in IT Job Interviews?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

IT contractors may encounter some tough questions in interviews for IT jobs.  One of the toughest questions IT consultants may have to answer isn’t about their resumes and isn’t one that IT recruiters or IT staffing firms are likely to prepare them for.  It is (or is some form of) ‘What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?’ 

While IT staffing agencies and technical recruiters can remind you to study up on relevant technologies or to practice basic interview questions, it’s up to you to practice a good response to questions about your long term goals.  The key to answering this question well is making sure the job you’re interviewing for is a part of it, but not just a stepping stone.  Giving the impression that you’ll be in and out of the company quickly would be a bad way to respond to a question like this.  Practice answering this question with your IT recruiting companies and IT headhunters or perhaps just with a trusted, knowledgeable friend or family member.  If you have a basic answer practiced, you’ll be ready to answer any iteration of this question well.

What's in your future?  Make sure you mention the job you're interviewing for!

When interviewers ask you about your future, make sure you note the job you’re interviewing as part of it!

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