Things Your IT Recruiters Don’t Want on Your Resume

IT recruiters and IT staffing agencies will often get resumes with extra information.  Maybe the IT professional has given more detail about a job than the IT recruiting firms and IT staffing companies need.  Sometimes IT staffing firms get resumes that give way more professional experience than is necessary (or helpful!).  These kinds of mistakes don’t usually turn off IT recruiters because they’re actually sort of common.  What does tend to be a far more egregious mistake on resumes is including too many personal details.

What does this mean?  Often, perhaps because of cultural differences, IT professionals will include things that don’t pertain to their IT jobs or careers at all.  For instance, info like your birthday, parents’ names, or your IQ should all be taken off your resume ASAP.  Leaving this info on your resume suggests a few things.  Firstly, it suggests to IT recruiting companies that you just don’t know much about professional norms.  In IT, having the ability to fit well into a company’s corporate culture is pretty important.  If your resume doesn’t conform to corporate professional norms, IT recruiting firms may think you might not be able to.  Secondly, leaving this information on your resume takes up valuable space you should be filling with your professional achievements, skills, and experience.  Don’t waste an IT recruiter’s time with information that they don’t want anyways.  Keep your resume focused on your career—past, present and future!


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IT recruiters don’t want to see personal info, like your birthday, on your IT resume. Photo credit: Flickr image from Helga Weber’s Photostream.

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