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Shana Westerman is a recruiter and resume expert at IT staffing firm Sapphire Technologies. She finds hiring managers with whom she works look for two things in an IT resume: specifics and consistent experience.

IT pros must spell out whatever skill set is specifically relevant to a given position. Even if some skills might seem self-evident, they still need to be listed, Westerman said.

“Even if skill sets are mundane for the role, people still want to know that [job candidates] are doing them,” she said, “and how far back [their experience] goes, as well as [their ability] to integrate technology components. That creates its own dynamic.”

Here’s an example: Basic job duties for a business analyst include meeting with users, gathering project requirements and documenting the requirements.

“A lot of people might think, ?Well, you’re a business analyst, of course you’re going to do that.’ But some companies might structure job duties differently, and some of those responsibilities might fall to another person,” Westerman said. “It’s important to highlight those skills. Just because you do it at Company A, you can’t assume somebody did it at Company B. Hiring managers aren’t going to assume that just because you have the job title there, you have the skill set they need.”

IT pros, polish those resumes! Technology staffing firms and recruiters say hiring is finally growing at a steady pace again.

“IT is [becoming] stronger and stronger each month,” said Dave Willmer, executive director of IT staffing firm Robert Half Technology (RHI). Businesses are currently planning to staff up for new projects, including Windows 7 deployments.

In fact, RHI has witnessed healthier application-development hiring in the first half of the year, and now the firm is seeing more interest in infrastructure skills — just the type of hiring you’d expect in a business environment overdue for Windows 7 rollouts, Willmer said.

Before technology professionals tackle the reawakening job market, TheLadders suggests taking the time to look at what distinguishes a well-done IT resume from its generic brethren. Technology’s an animal unto itself. Its fast pace means musty resumes won’t pass muster. In addition, the project-based nature of most IT organizations means special handling of the document’s work-history section. IT workers have to portray both technical and functional skills. TheLadders checked in with IT staffing pros, and what follows is their advice on how to do an IT resume right.

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