Problems to Spot on the Technical Resume Before Submitting It to the Employer
Don’t even think about sending in the resume that’s anything less than polished because you’ll quickly end up losing out on the job opportunity. Professional technical talent is plentiful, but getting the resume right is not for many in the technical field. Unfortunately, resume writing mistakes continue to hurt even the best technical professionals. Make sure you’re not one of them by avoiding these mistakes on the resume.
Don’t make the resume exhaustive
You want to paint a picture of your professional career for employers, but it doesn’t need to include every job and detail in your work history. Be selective with what information and details you choose to include so that it’s enough information for the hiring manager to figure out what value you bring to the table, but not overwhelming to the point that your message is lost. And when it comes to including information on your certifications, please include what’s relevant for the job and only what’s current. The employer doesn’t need to know what you were certified in 10 years ago – for what may be viewed as outdated today. The general recommendation on resume length is 1-3 pages so be selective with what you choose to include.
Focus on solutions & deliverables
Don’t write the resume to tell the responsibilities of your job. What employers are really looking to find out is what technical solutions you bring to the table. What deliverables do you have to show for on the job? That is what matters, and that’s what will inform the hiring manager whether you’re the right fit for the job. For more tips, read: “Ways to Fine Tune the Technical Resume.”
Appeal to the technical & non-technical audience
Each employer will filter through the resumes that come in differently. Many of the larger employers are relying on the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to do the job. But, regardless of the route the resume goes through, it needs to be written for a technical & non-technical audience. Establish the right balance. You want the hiring manager to read through your resume and get your technical experience and skills even if they lack the full background knowledge of the field. In many instances, your resume will need to go through the hiring manager before it’s brought to the attention of the people in the department that’s hiring.
Eliminate a laundry list of technical skills
We get it, you want to impress employers with the technical skills you have and know, but simply listing them out in a separate section on the resume called ‘Technical Skills’ won’t do you much good. It may help with the ATS looking for those keywords, but that’s about it. If you’re going to include such a section on the resume, provide some level of detail so it’s not just a stand-alone list of technical skills. Your highlight of technical skills can also be much better served on the resume by including it within the ‘Experience’ section. Inform employers how you applied the technical skills on the job and what you achieved with it. In this manner, you still get the technical terms in to attract the ATS, but now any person reviewing your resume can also understand your level of knowledge on it because they understand how it was applied and used on the job.
Keep to the format
On top of maintaining the same format when it comes to font style and dates on the resumes, the way you order your information should also be consistent. This all makes your resume flow better and helps the reader follow the information and find information more easily.
These simple fixes and resume-writing rules to the technical resume will ensure employer’s take notice of your talent!