IT Resume Writing Guide

The first impression, they say, is the impression that can make or break a relationship. The resume is usually the first item that a potential employer encounters regarding the job seeker and making it the best possible goes a long way into securing the job you've always wanted to do. Well, writing a resume isn't easy, specially not when it comes to IT resume writing, so we've written up a simple way you can write your resume as painlessly as possible and at the same time make it so shiny, that potential employers will have a really tough time putting your request down.

 

Section one: - The Introduction.


A well-written resume strives to capture your employer's attention and tell him why you deserve to be employed as opposed to the others who have applied for the same job. The type of introduction can be:


Objective Statement: Stating what you want as opposed to what you can do. Best for new employees and Students.
Headline Statement: Defines your career experience in the shortest possible way. Best for seasoned employees and professionals.


Section two: The Summary.


The summary follows the Introduction, and elaborates on your introductory statement. These should detail your experiences and shed light on the key places you believe are important for the job. The Summary should be concise and easy to read, but must be strong and impressionable. For example, you can highlight your area of expertise by writing "Proven ability to lead teams with high efficiency"


You can either use the General Summary format, which lists your summary point wise (for Newbies) or use the Executive format, which presents your summary in a paragraph form. The Executive format should be used only for those who have a lot to write and are aiming for leadership positions.


Focus on your functional strengths first, such as years of experience, or experience related directly to your field. If you have space left, then you can include personal strengths like communication skills. A good idea would be not to use too many adjectives, or talk in a really humble tone.


Part three: Skills


The Skills part of your Resume allows you to relay to your employer, your skills at the job you're applying for. For an IT related job, your best bet would be to break it down into these 5 categories:

 

  • Systems
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Networking
  • Languages


Of course, this is not an exhaustive list and it may vary as per your tastes and situation. More often than never, Network Engineers will not have a "Languages Section". A 5-category list is a good idea, but if you want to be precise, you could do it like this: Programming Languages, Operating Environments, Hardware, API's/Frameworks, Databases, Development Utilities and Applications.
Be thoughtful of subcategories, and don't write ones with one or two entries. They make you look weak and take up space as well. Don't write too much, as it makes finding key details tough. Finally, leave no "Grey areas".


Part four: Experience


The IT employment experience section is made up of job titles, employers, dates, cities, followed by statements of responsibility and statements of achievement. It should include at the least: Name of the company, Location, Your Job title and date of employment. Much like the headline, a statement of Responsibility is also needed, which identifies your responsibilities. You can also list key technologies you have worked with, ones that might come in handy. The statements should be written in an Action-Result format. A good idea is to paragraph duties and bullet achievements.
Keep it short and crisp and don't go overboard with adjectives. It should be written in a reverse Chronological order, with the most recent experience coming first. Don't use the first person. Also attempt to eliminate older jobs and useless experiences.


Part five: Education


Experience usually beats education, but for Newbies, Education is a part that can have a heavy impact on the reader. The education statement should at the least have the name of the degree you hold and where you got it from. The date and the city and whether you received it with honors. For best results, bullet your education


Be careful adding personal information like Race, sex or religion. In some cases religion may be a deciding factor (Such as in Churches).Avoid adding unrelated interests like sports and hobbies.
For an IT job, a 3-4 page resume should be enough to outline your skills and "sell" yourself to the potential employer.

 

Gail Esparan