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IT Resume Writing Tips

As in any industry, a well-written and formatted resume can make the difference between landing an interview or not. The main resume writing issue most technology job seekers wrestle with is whether to present their resume in a functional format or a chronological format. The answer?

It depends.

Chronological resumes are the gold standard, but there are instances when a functional resume layout is more practical. For example, if you are just starting your career or moving from one career to another, a functional resume format showcases how your skills and education are applicable to the position for which you are applying. Also, if your responsibilities have been very similar at several different jobs, then using a functional resume format allows you to save space on the page by grouping similar skill sets and responsibilities together.

No matter which format you choose, hiring managers screen candidates based on their technical skills, so technology job seekers want to make sure they present their skills properly and upfront.

Additional tips to create an attention grabbing IT resume:

  • Technology keywords are important in this industry, but be sure you can back them up. Don’t include skill sets or technology keywords you cannot explain or expand upon.
  • Headings could include:
    • Professional Summary
    • Technical Proficiencies/Areas of Expertise (Languages, Tools, Operating Systems)
    • Experience
    • Education and Certifications
    • Training
    • Awards

  • In Areas of Expertise Section as well as in Experience section, highlight accomplishments vs. just stating responsibilities.
    • Example of responsibility focused resume statement – “Designed and implemented security processes and procedures.”
    • Example of Accomplishment focused resume statement – “Spearheaded creation of four new information security departments: Risk Assessment, Vulnerability, Penetration Testing and Security Engineering Services that saved the company $500,000 in lost productivity time.”
    • Reinforce the Areas of Expertise section with job descriptions detailing how each technology was employed on a particular project and the project’s outcome.
  • Read the job posting and tailor your resume to that particular job. Delete outdated skills or those with no relevance to the posting.
  • Use power and action words
    • Examples: managed, spearheaded, developed, programmed, implemented
  • Don’t get fancy with fonts or layout. Most resume scanning software can’t read them. Stick to the basics: Arial, Times Roman, etc.
  • You don’t need a cover letter. Write your resume as if the IT manager will never see the cover letter (because they really won’t).
  • References should be compiled in a separate document.
  • Do not include personal information. The recruiter doesn’t need to know your political affiliation or if you skydive for fun.