A resume makes the first impression during a IT job search. The more a resume effectively captures and markets a candidate's skills and accomplishments, the more likely that candidate will stand out in a group of applicants.
Resume Best Practices
Whether your resume is in need of an update or you are taking the first step to create one, here are some best practices and tips to help.
Update Your Resume Often
Keeping your resume updated with your most recent accomplishments is the best way to ensure you are contacted about the most relevant job opportunities.
Tailor Your Resume
Take some time to think about what you are trying to achieve professionally. What is your dream job? Tailor your resume to make sure your objectives are clear and the skills you need to land your dream job are highlighted. An executive summary that lists your key skills can also help to clearly identify what you have done and what you are looking to do next.
Keep It Simple
Most hiring managers are reading many resumes and may bypass lengthy or wordy resumes. Keep your resume concise. Explain your past performance in a way that shows the business benefits you provided to your past employers.
Show Your Value
When describing your responsibilities in a position you held, make certain to discuss the outcomes you achieved. Ask yourself, "Why did my employer want me to do this task? What would happen if the task was not done?" These questions will help you uncover the true impact you made to the business.
Remember the Business
Leaders value IT professionals who understand their industry and their business. Ensure you share this insight on your resume in addition to your technical skills.
Pay Attention to Detail
Grammar and spelling errors are unacceptable when you apply for a job. Make sure you proofread your resume and get another opinion. Even the best software cannot detect usage errors or catch every mistake. A second set of eyes can help spot and correct errors that you miss.
While you should emphasize your accomplishments and the role you played in helping your employers achieve their goals, do not go further than the truth by embellishing or exaggerating. Once in a position, the truth will reveal itself.
Create Different Versions
Due to the assortment of software programs to read and write documents, job seekers should have a resume available in a variety of file formats. If you are posting your resume on job boards or websites, having it in a plain text format (.rtf and .txt) or Microsoft Word (.doc) is preferable. If you are submitting your resume to an employer, PDF is the best choice because it will ensure consistency regardless of the program or hardware used to view it.
Continue to Learn
It is critical for professionals to stay current with new trends and skills, especially in the IT field. Stay up to speed by targeting relevant work experiences and/or outside learning.
Ask for Feedback
Do not feel uncomfortable asking for help; we have all been on the hunt for a rewarding position at some point! Ask your Kani recruiter to read over your resume and provide candid feedback on how you could improve it.