The 4 Things That Matter on the Technical Professional’s Resume
Hiring managers have seen so many resumes that they can quickly tell when they have a candidate that’s just all talk and one that’s legitimately experienced, talented, and ready to excel on the job. For those in the tech field, it’s critical to have a resume that immediately informs hiring managers you’re qualified and ready for the job. Employers want tech talent who can hit the ground running, not someone who will require training. Show employers that you’re ready for the challenge the moment you step on the job.
Here are the critical things that matter on the technical resume:
- Job Titles
One of the first places hiring managers for tech talent look is the headline of the Professional Summary section and your most recent job titles. If the job opening is for a Web Developer, that’s what they want to see on your resume. They don’t want to see Tech Support or something else that’ll bring to question if you’re the right fit. Your Professional Summary’s headline and job titles must do their best to match that of the job opening. It needs to reflect that you can do the job now! Remember that most hiring managers are only giving each resume a few seconds of a scan. Simple fixes like this to the technical resume will help immediately grasp the hiring manager’s attention and inform them you’re the right fit for the job. For more tips, read the section on ‘Open with a relevant title’ here.
- Keyword Indicators
Once you’ve capture the hiring manager’s attention with your Professional Summary headline and job titles, the next thing most will look at on the resume are keywords. These are indicators to tell them you’ve done relevant work. For example, if the job opening is for a Web Developer, you know the hiring manager will look for relevant keyword indicators like SEO, HTML5, and CSS3. To keep yourself in the running, show them what you’ve achieved or accomplished with the experience and skills. Remember that hiring managers are not looking for you to reiterate the job description on the resume – they know what the job entails, they want to know what you can do.
- Skills-Test Ready
A good resume can help get your foot in the door to the job interview, but it’ll still come down to what you really know. Be updated on training and certifications on critical aspects of the job. For most in the technical field there will be the skills test or a trial project. There’s only so much that the resume can relay that employers need to know with assurance that you can really do the job. Be prepared to show what you know. In some fields like programming and web development, there are web-based test sites. For a sampling of practice questions, visit: here or here.
Ultimately, it’ll come down to what you really know. If you can’t pass the employer’s skills test it tells them you probably can’t do the job well, but to even get to this point having a well-written resume matters.