Highlight Accomplishments, Not Just Job Functions

One of the primary changes in resumes over the last 10 years has been the transition from responsibility-based statements to achievement-based statements. In your search for good resume writing advice, you’ll find a lot of discussion about its importance, but you will also discover that little is available to describe just how it’s done.

When Should I Age Old Technology Off My Resume?

One of the most painful truths about writing a technical resume is that you have to decide when to remove old technologies. If you think that this detail is not important, then you do not understand the ramifications of failing to update your technology profile. To remove nothing is to make a choice that may affect your future career.

Solutions Architects

Solutions Architect is a generic title that blends roles and responsibilities of Infrastructure Architect, Systems Architect, and Applications/Software Architect. Solutions Architects typically work for technology vendors, so they don’t usually perform the traditional architect functions of developing the policies, practices, and standards that govern the IT environment.  Instead they design, develop, configure, and deploy technologies.

Education as Experience: Resume Advice for the Back-to-School Job Seeker, Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, we reviewed how to optimize the education section of a resume for a recent graduate. Let’s take one more step to see how we can further integrate Joseph’s education into the professional experience of his resume.  Some recruiters and hiring managers may balk at first when they find education listed in the experience section, … Read More

Education as Experience: Resume Advice for the Back-to-School Job Seeker, Part 1

For those job seekers who have returned to school, the secret to creating a uniquely powerful resume is to highlight education in combination with work experience.  Traditionally, people treat education as a single event on their resume — the graduation date or date that they completed a certificate program.  But it is a lost opportunity to exclude other information that … Read More

Resume Do’s and Don’ts for the New Year

Creating an effective resume can be difficult for the inexperienced writer. But if you want to give it a try on your own anyway, here are a few resume writing tips and traps to consider.

Stretching the Truth on IT Resumes: Getting MDM on Your Resume

It‘s a bit tempting in today’s competitive job market to stretch the truth on your resume. Times are tough and getting your foot in the door is a significant challenge. It’s easy to think that you can add technologies or projects that will get you through the keyword search. You figure that you’ve always interviewed well, so it seems pretty … Read More

Use Business Language in Technical Resumes

Having a technical background, I know how easy it is to fall back on technical descriptions of my achievements. But unlike other industries, IT resumes have two entirely different readers. Each reader brings their own perspective, knowledge, and experiences to the task of finding highly skilled technical professionals to fill vacant positions.

The Trouble with IT Job Titles

What do you do when your title doesn’t accurately describe your role and responsibilities? Suppose you hired on to perform a particular set of activities but over time what you actually do has morphed into something entirely different. This is not at all uncommon in small departments where project demands don’t always fit the current skill set of available employees. … Read More

Technology: Telling Your Story

Determining how you want to position yourself in your resume is the first step toward deciding what technology to include. As an IT professional, you may be hesitant to remove lagging tools and technologies for fear of losing an opportunity but it is this indecision that can impact your chances of finding just the right position. The “I want it … Read More

Technical Resumes Are No Place for Fluff

In the past, the purpose of a resume was to get a job interview. Beyond that, it was up to the applicant to sell themselves during the interview by describing their role and responsibilities for each of the positions they’d held. For the IT professional, the process was straight-forward and easy to understand; you listed all the technologies you’d used, … Read More

Make Everything Fit in a Technical Resume

Resumes are not designed as one size fits all. In fact, their purpose is to differentiate you from others and to grab the attention and interest of the reader. Resumes must do this while staying within generally acceptable rules for readability, language, and presentation. For technical resumes it can be a real challenge because they are often densely worded with … Read More

Getting to Know You: A Resume Writer’s Imperative

There are two types of clients, those who want to participate in the resume writing process and those who want to leave all the details to the resume writer. The degree of participation can vary but without a doubt, little or no input leads to a poorly branded document. The resume may look and sound great but it won’t connect … Read More

Technical IT Resume Length

Overall length of the technical resume is a highly debated topic. It is very difficult to generally recommend a specific length for a resume without knowing anything about an individual’s career.

Optional Sections of Technical Resume

You will often see a number of other sections within the IT or technical resume. Of course some of those sections are reserved for specific fields and professions.

IT Resume – Education Section

In the Education Section of the technical resume, you have a number of options regarding the information that you may want present.

IT Experience Section in Resume

The experience section in the technical resume is also commonly knows as the “body” of the resume. There are numerous styles and formatting options for the experience section, but in this guide, we will discuss common options and you can choose the style that best suits you.

Technical IT Skills in Resume

The IT Skills or Technical Skills section is something that you may not see in non-IT resumes, but is almost absolutely necessary in the technical resume, with exception of executives or high level managers who may choose to leave this section out.