How to craft the perfect resume as an IT professional
IT Professionals, especially web developers and programmers often find it difficult to articulate their skills and achievements (especially in resumes and job applications). Your resume needs to tell more about you than the programming languages you know, so here are our best tips to represent yourself brilliantly in a resume.
Go Easy on the Lists
We couldn’t count how many times we see top level programmers and IT Executives with (not just long) but enormous lists of programming languages (including version numbers) and hardware they’ve used. Sure, you should include a Technology Summary, but your new employer or client will be more interested in what you can do with Java and Raspberry Pi and how it will impact their business. Try to think of creative examples like …
Developed and enhanced programs using Java, C and C++, which streamlined processes leading to increased accuracy and lowered costs.
Focus on the Budget
Clients and Employers are cost driven so they don’t just want to know that you can oversee a system upgrade, they also want to know that you can manage a system upgrade within a budget. Use an example like …
Successfully managed a company-wide upgrade to Windows 10 and Office 365 affecting 3 interstate sites and 75 staff. Project was delivered on-time and within budget.
Focus on the Result
Employers and clients are especially results driven and they want to know exactly what you are going to do for them. So many resumes and CV’s of IT Professionals are filled with the nuts and bolts of what they do rather than what they have achieved.
For example: rather than write “I led a team of developers of relational database management systems (RDBMS)”. Instead focus on the results: “I led a team of developers of relational database management systems (RDBMS) for three international companies with a budget of more than $1 million. We achieved tangible improvements to the consistency, recoverability and accessibility of data with the first 12 months.”
Stand out from the IT Crowd
Highlighting project results will certainly set you apart from the IT crowd but don’t forget to include your formal education. Again, finding creative ways to demonstrate how your academic achievements will benefit your prospective client is the best way to land that contract.