Job hunting in the tech industry can differ from other industries. As an IT professional, your job search is affected by things like technical jargon and the speed at which technologies change or become irrelevant. If you’re serious about landing a good IT job, you need a resume tailored to this industry, its variety, and the hiring managers in it. Here’s a quick resume checklist built by IT recruiters with years of industry experience. This list will ensure your resume is particularly appealing to hiring managers in the tech space and technical recruiters.
1. Does your resume match up with your LinkedIn profile?
IT staffing companies and hiring managers often use LinkedIn as part of their hiring process—even if they already have your resume. If your resume doesn’t basically match up with your LinkedIn profile, it’s time to fix that. You especially want to avoid making it seem like you’re hiding anything or lying about anything in your career history or skill-set. Appearing dishonest is the fastest way to be blacklisted with IT recruiting firms and employers.
2. Is your resume full of quantifiable, concrete, professional achievements?
The bullets under each job should be used for statements like ‘Increased web traffic by 50%.’ Hiring managers are more likely to pick people who they can picture working with their team and contributing to their company’s goals. This is especially true in tech, where the salaries are higher and a bad hire can cost the company a lot.
Nobody wants to be the manager who failed their team by hiring a programmer who can’t code fast enough or a network architect who designed a faulty network. Make it easier for hiring managers to picture you succeeding in their open roles. List the concrete contributions you made at previous employers, using numbers and percentages whenever you can.
3. Is your resume easy to read?
Did you focus on your last 10-15 years of experience? Did you use a simple font with basic, even spacing? Did you use a conventional resume format, or did you make a ‘creative one’ that might be challenging for people to understand? Did you forgo giving every single technical detail of your work at every previous job?
Keep in mind that IT recruiting agencies and hiring managers don’t have the time to pore over every line of your resume. In fact, you’re probably taking yourself out of the running for a job if you apply with a 7-page resume that’s crammed to the gills with technical details, or if you post a resume that’s in a creative format that cause recruiters to pause. Make your resume simple to read and keep it brief and efficient. If your experience and skills are a good fit, you’ll get a chance to give more detail about your career in a phone or in-person interview.
Samantha Keefe is an Interactive Marketing Manager at AVID Technical Resources. AVID Technical Resources is a leading information technology recruiting company with offices around the country.