Five Tips for a Well-Done Tech Resume - Slide 4

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To deal with the project-based nature of IT work, Westerman typically tells job candidates to write a summary of the project in a paragraph form comprising five to six lines that detail:

  • The project’s end result
  • The technologies involved
  • Day-to-day project tasks (underneath, in a bulleted responsibility section)

Highlight one or another component depending on where the project intersects with a targeted job description. One focus might be whether the project came in under budget, if the team was rewarded for on-time delivery, or specifically what you were accountable for within the project. Alternatively, focus on the project being Web-based, internal, or external and rolled out to clients, if that’s how it will complement the targeted job, Westerman said.

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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