Why IT Professionals Should Never Use Resume Gimmicks

IT recruiters and IT consultants all over the world have heard the advice that resumes sent with fun gimmicks, like odd packaging or edible goodies will really grab an IT managers attention.  Wise IT professionals know that this simply isn’t true, though.   Gimmicks don’t win IT jobs; skills and experience win IT jobs.

While many IT contractors may have an urban legend or two about somebody who got a job because of their wacky resume gimmick, the average person shouldn’t listen to this.  There are a few reasons why.  For one thing, information technology is a field that demands precision, experience, and the right answers.  This means it’s imperative for job holders to be able do their jobs competently.  Resume gimmicks are irrelevant to hiring managers, who are focused on competence.  Additionally, some managers may see resume gimmicks as a way to disguise incompetence.  Avoiding them is crucial.  Lastly, resume gimmicks can backfire.  Maybe they trigger food or other allergies, or perhaps they are simply too silly or offensive.  In any case, these are to be avoided at all costs.  The best resume is the one that fits the job.

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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.