Ways to Fine Tune the Technical Resume
As an IT professional, if you want to stand out and capture the attention of the hiring manager your resume needs to IMMEDIATELY inform them how you can meet the needs of the job and help the company meet its objectives. Hiring managers may go through hundreds of resumes each day and they are only spending a few seconds on each one, so if you’re not quick to showcase what you have, then you’ve lost them.
Think of the resume like a movie trailer. Present the key highlights of your career and the technical skills that matter, and do it in a quick snapshot. The top-half of your resume is especially important to use to help capture the audience.
Here are tips to help fine tune the technical resume:
Focus on the relevant results of your professional experience
Under Professional Experiences on the resume, focus on the results that matter to the hiring employer. It’s important to inform those reviewing your resume what results they can expect to receive from you. Sure, you can say you have 10+ years of experience in systems engineering, but that alone doesn’t tell the hiring manager what you’re capable of doing and achieving. On the other hand, if you were to say something to the effect of: “Successful migration of 20 global locations to Cisco IPT, supporting over 70,000 employees globally” – that informs the hiring manager of your capabilities and the scale of the projects you have experience with. For more tips, also read: “Turn IT Jargon into a Strong Brand Message on the Resume.”
Put the spotlight on your top certifications
Having proper training and certification is key in many technical positions. It may even be a requirement to qualify for the job. Carefully review the job posting to determine the specific requirements of the job, including training and certifications. Now, focus on highlighting those requirements you meet on the resume. The point is to put the spotlight on certifications and training that matter. For instance, if the job requires Cisco wireless certifications like CCNA Wireless, CCNP Wireless, and CCIE Wireless, that’s what you need to focus on and highlight on the resume, not other certifications that have no relevance to the job. When you add in things that are irrelevant, it only dilutes your message. Also, if there’s a specific track to the certification, simply indicate the farthest track you’ve completed. It’s like college courses, if you’ve reached Spanish 103, it’s obvious you’ve completed Spanish 101 and Spanish 102, so there isn’t the need to also indicate the prior courses.
Position information to relay: “Here’s what I can do for you”
The old-style of resume writing included an Objective statement indicating what the job seeker wants. Today, resume needs to present information showcasing what you can do for the employer. Build a resume that provides a reason for the employer to want to contact you and, ultimately – hire you!
These simple tips can help you fine tune the technical resume for better results!