IT Professionals: Don’t Sell Yourself Short on the Resume
If you’re not getting the results you want out of your job search, it’s time to take a step back. For starters, review your resume. As an IT professional, the competition is heated. Make sure you’re not selling yourself short. Often with those writing their own resume, they end up being too modest about their accomplishments. They are just too close to the situation to see what makes them a stand-out. In these instances, it’ll help to bring in a professional resume writer.
Job seekers must remember that the resume is not the place to hold back. Accept the right to brag professionally because if you’re not demonstrating confidence, experience, and skills for the job on the resume, the employer won’t believe in you either.
Here are tips to help shine on the resume as an IT professional:
It’s not about using buzzwords, but embodying them in your message
Buzzwords have no value or meaning on the resume. Anyone can say that they’re experienced, strategic, or tech-savvy. To effectively impress employers, you must embody the meaning of the buzzwords. What did you do? What results did you bring? How did you overcome the challenge? These are the details to display on the resume to give meaning to those characteristics/descriptions. Find more tips, reading: “Turn IT Jargon into a Strong Brand Message on the Resume.”
Tell and show your specialty
Don’t try to please everyone with your resume. Be specific and tailor your resume to the employer’s exact needs. While you may have a broad range of experience and skills, your focus should be on conveying your specialty for the job. By knowing what the employer wants and focusing on those exact skills, you will convey that you’re exactly what the employer is looking for. Those who try to convey more will often end up losing the key message and worst, leave employers blinded on what value you bring to the table.
Highlight business impact
Employers will hire candidates based on technological skills, but the job candidate that stands out is the one who can convey how they deployed technology solutions to bring business results. The point is you can’t just list all your IT certifications on the resume. Employers want to know what you can do with those technical skills. How have you used your IT knowledge and skills to bring results on the job? Conveying this on the resume means you need to quantify and qualify your experiences and accomplishments. Find more tips to doing it by reading: “Ways to Beef Up the IT Resume.”
Continue to carry your professional brand image online
Job seekers need to realize that you can’t just sell with the resume alone. You can say what you want on the resume to make it sound like you’re at the top of your game, but if you don’t have anything to show for it, it’ll be hard to believe. You need the support of outside information. Employers are looking online and seeing what presence you’ve made in your field of work. They are digging into social media like LinkedIn to see if others are showcasing you in a similar light. As a job seeker, you need to be promoting yourself online, whether it’s through your LinkedIn profile with endorsements and recommendations or a personal website where you highlight awards, projects, recommendations, and any other information that helps you build credibility.
Each job candidate has their own unique experiences and skills, but that doesn’t come through unless you properly highlight it for the employer to see. Don’t hold back on the resume and other platforms you’re using when it comes to highlighting what you can offer!