Five Tips for a Well-Done Tech Resume - Slide 5

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Technology professionals can represent a big investment for a hiring company, whether it’s project-based contract work or full-time, Willmer said. That makes it particularly important for a resume to demonstrate a candidate’s return on investment: the financial impact of his or her being on staff or on a project.

That means a resume should show not just, for example, C++ experience, but that use of the skill generated 200,000 additional hits in four months, with a bottom-line revenue increase of $4 million.

RHI is constantly working with candidates on how to spell out this kind of ROI. It’s not so easy. “From an IT perspective, your financial value, somebody doesn’t know that,” Willmer said. “Somebody doesn’t bump into you in the hall and say, ?Hey, nice work on that site, it generated $4 million for us.’ You might have to do some homework with supervisors and peers if it’s not shown to you. Anything relating to direct impact on [revenue or productivity] is very important.”

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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