Skill section for IT manager resume: how to tick all the boxes without trying too hard
We’ve mentioned before that strong business and soft skills can gain a competitive edge over other applicants, but simply listing “Responsible” and “Communicable” on your IT Manager resume skills section won’t help you much.
In fact, quite the opposite happens: recruiters see generic skill lists time and again, so they’ll probably skip the whole Skills section if they see something even remotely similar.
We have two tricks to grab recruiters attention and make your resume stand out once again.
First, put soft skills into a context.
Instead of writing “Leadership Skills” mention a specific achievement or workflow that you were a part of:
Implemented new hiring, onboarding, and employee wellness policies that led to 26% turnover reduction and within two years placed the company at 25 top USA IT vendors to work at.
Now you hint at your leadership and management skills, and at the same time once again demonstrate tangible results of your work.
Another trick comes with the formatting. If you want employers and recruiters to pay attention to something, frame it in a new and original way.
For this purpose we’re using dynamic Enhancv block “Achievements” and use it to showcase our soft skills along with our achievements.
Now with the technical skills. The main thing to remember here is that you’re expected to be an IT expert, but that doesn't mean you need to list every technical skill you have.
First, the space on a resume is valuable, and it’s much more effective to expand other sections or add custom sections (we’ll cover them later), than to clutter yours with tech abbreviations.
Second, if you look at several IT Manager job descriptions, they rarely list technical skills as a requirement.
Finally, too many technical skills make you look more like a system administrator and less IT Manager.
So here are a few tips:
- Summarize your tech skills. Instead you writing every js framework and soft you know write “Front End Development”
- Prioritise tech exclusive to the company. Everyone knows Word, but if you’re familiar with industry-specific software (e.g. Real Estate CRM, BI Software) you’re ahead of the curve