Insight Provided by Brian Valenta and Kristi O’Brien
Writing and updating a resume is an important task, especially when it comes to the industry of Information Technology. How do you organize your experiences accurately to show your capabilities? Is the format of an IT resume different than those of other industries?
Our staff in the IT department is very aware of these challenges and frequently receives questions on this topic. In order to provide some clarity, we have compiled a summary of the four main headings to include in an IT resume.
As an overview, you should start with a professional summary, then list your technical skills, expound on your employment experience, mention your achievements, and end with your education. Typically, an IT resume should be about two to three pages long. But what exactly should you include under each of these headings? We are glad you asked.
- Professional Summary– This should be a concise paragraph highlighting who you are and what sets you apart. Refrain from third person pronouns and filler words (team player, self-starter, etc.).
- Technical Qualifications– List what you are competent and capable of doing and create categories for your skills if applicable (see template for examples). Make sure to only mention the topics and programs you have a working understanding of. If you are simply familiar with a certain software but don’t truly have a knowledge of how to use it, it’s best not to mention it on your resume.
- Experience/Employment History– Give the most detail about your last five years of employment. If you have 15-20 years of experience, your resume should note that, but likely companies will want more information on what you have been doing recently. Also, make a subsection of the projects/accomplishments you completed in each position you have held. Note: If you are a recent college graduate, treat your class projects as experience. Describe what you accomplished in your courses to give prospective companies a clear idea of what you are equipped to do.
- Education–This can be short, sweet, and to the point. Simply add this as the last portion of your resume. If you have received awards or certifications in your IT experience, note these as well. It’s not necessary to elaborate on each one, but it is important to mention accomplishments that strengthen your competency.
Having each of these headings will bring organization and professionalism to your resume. Depending on what position you are applying for, it may be necessary to add or remove details to highlight the skills needed for that particular job. The more you can research the position beforehand, the more accurate you can make your resume. Getting feedback from knowledgeable professions is extremely beneficial in this process as well. Our recruiters would be glad to share their experience and insight to make your resume as polished and professional as possible.
If you have further questions on this topic or would like to talk with one of our IT recruiters, please contact us at Palmer Group today. We would be happy to help you in your career journey.
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