As you might guess, resume formats aren’t magic: if you have few technical skills and little experience, it’s hard to mask that with a great resume. However, IT recruiters definitely see some candidates with amazing skill-sets and experience post resumes that don’t do them much justice. Here are 3 tips to write a resume that will attract technical recruiters and land more IT jobs.
Write a resume, not a novel. It’s definitely true that in IT you’re allowed to post a resume longer than a page. IT staffing firms certainly don’t mind longer resumes. However, sometimes tech professionals will take this too far. IT recruiting companies definitely see resumes that stretch well beyond 5, 10, or even more pages. In the end, you’re probably burying important information in less relevant details when you write resumes this long. You’ll also potentially turn off hiring managers that IT staffing firms submit your resume to. Extra long resumes can suggest that you don’t understand professional norms at all, that you have poor communication skills, or that you’re arrogant. Edit your resume down to the most important information. Leave off most of the technical details of projects or things like personal information, hobbies that are unrelated to your professional aspirations, etc. You can explain previous projects and achievements in more detail during an interview. You’ll also share relevant personal information with your interviewer if it comes up.
Put your technical skills at the top of your resume. Create a short, well-organized section at the very top of your resume that lists all of your technical skills. This will help IT recruiting agencies see right away that you might be a fit for the jobs they have. Try categorizing skills by headings like ‘languages’, ‘frameworks’, ‘operating systems’, etc. This is probably the most important section of your resume, so remember to keep it updated, organized, and easy to read.
Use your bullets to show your worth. Don’t waste a single bullet on your resume. Use them to show IT staffing companies what value you’ve brought to your previous employers. Focus on achievements and major successes you’ve participated in, rather than just listing your duties. As mentioned before, you can talk about things like daily duties in an interview or a phone screen. Your resume is really mean to catch recruiters’ eyes.
AVID Technical Resources
AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.