10 Tips To Help You Create The Ideal Tech Resume

  1. Focus on your accomplishments. Instead of focusing so much on your job duties from your previous jobs, spend more time covering your actual accomplishments and emphasize tangible results as much as possible (developed software that led to a 10 percent reduction in cost, increased revenues from app sales by 20 percent, etc.)

 

  1. Quantify your results. Don’t say things like “reduced bugs,” “increased company profits,” or “improved customer satisfaction.”  Instead, offer provide quantifiable metrics to show how the work that you did helped your company improve customer service, reduce costs, save money, etc.

 

  1. Target your resume. The days are long gone when you sent out the same generic resume to hundreds of different companies.  Target each resume to one specific company and job listing.

 

  1. Don’t get overly technical. Acronyms, sales and marketing jargon and technical terms might be used commonly at one company but sound like a foreign language to hiring managers or recruiters at different companies.  Make sure that your resume will be universally understood through using terminology that is commonly recognized in your industry and explaining anything that may confuse recruiters.

 

  1. Be concise. We are familiar with the stats that talk about how many hiring toss resumes that have only one typo.  Tech companies do have a tendency to be more forgiving, however there isn’t any excuse for submitting a misspelled, grammatically incorrect, or otherwise badly presented resume.

 

  1. Have a well structured resume and be clear. When you are creating your resume, try to think the way that a recruiter would.  Provide the information that recruiters are looking for so that your resume isn’t thrown away in the garbage can.  For instance, if you have worked a leading company like Intel or Microsoft as a software engineer, stress the name of company instead of your job title, since it will impress the recruiter more.   Here are some good tips.

 

  1. Eliminate the objective. Only add an Objective to your resume if you just graduated from college or would like to draw attention to your desire for transitioning into a new role (for instance moving into sales from a software engineering position).  At times an Objective may be a drawback since the position that you state you are interested in (e.g. mobile software developer) may convince the recruiter that you would not be interested in some of the other rewarding and lucrative positions (Web developer, user interface engineer, etc.) that they need to fill.

 

  1. In your summary, don’t be vague. If you are using a Summary section, make sure it is full of key accomplishments (with hard numbers to back them up), instead of vague statements about your strong work ethic, detailed-oriented personality, etc.  Some individuals rename the section and call it “Key Accomplishments and Summary.”

 

  1. Emphasize accomplishments rather than duties. Although your work experience is one of the key components of a good resume, it should’t include a comprehensive list of every job you have ever had (particularly if you have had many job or worked within the industry for many years).  Detail the most important positions that demonstrate you are qualified for the job to the hiring manager.  Give the greatest amount of detail for either your most recent or current job (or the position that is most applicable to show you are qualified for the position).  Make sure you are listing accomplishments, instead of only job duties.  Think about what things the hiring manager will want to see in order to convince her or him to call you for an interview.

 

  1. As you continue to gain experience, minimize your education. Within the tech industry, education matters less than professional experience does.  However, it is still important for your Education section to describe your educational background effectively.  If you hold a nontraditional degrees that might be unfamiliar to recruiters, make sure to offer a one- to two-sentence describing your major.  Recent college graduates shouldn’t list their GAP unless it is at least 3.0 out of 4.0 (although leaving your GPA out might be a red flag for recruiters).  Any awards or college activities should also be listed by recent graduates that they think help them land a job.  However, they shouldn’t include everything they did in school.  As a rule of thumb, as you continue to gain experience, your Education section should continue to shrink.  It will eventually only include the basics like, name of the university, locations, degree earned, dates attended, etc.

A job in tech is a good career as you can see from this piece from Capita IT resourcing and these tips should help you.