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Summary
Senior IT business analyst with 10+ years experience who relishes solving, unique challenging problems. ISEB certified with strong proficiencies in Object Oriented methods, SQL and data manipulation
Experience
Senior IT Security Technician
Wolf Inc2016 - Ongoing
Las Vegas, NV
Wolf Inc is a full service marketing and development agency.
Saved $25,000 by revising company IT networks documentation, resulting in increased workplace productivity and 23% fewer support tickets over 9 months
Built a loyal customer base of 20+ customers by learning preferences and tailoring service to each customer
Led a $120,000 project to upgrade internal hardware and equip staff with skills to help company achieve quarterly goals
IT Project Manager
Ledner Group5/2015 - 8/2017
San Francisco, CA
Ledner Group is a social media management tool
Increased customer satisfaction on Agile-led projects by 28% in 4 months
Saved the firm $1 million in fees, by implementing a risk management solution when a SAP implementation project stalled
Managed a team of 25 off-shore and on-site developers across multiple projects
Strengths
Logical approach to problem-solving
Initiative; ability to learn new things on your own accord
Communication skills; can easily demystify IT jargon to non-tech savvy customers
Confident at training internal & external stakeholders on IT systems
Highly analytical; can develop an IT solution to any given problem and back it up with data
Languages
English
RussianProficient
SpanishAdvanced
Industry Expertise
Final Cut Pro X
Indesign, Illustrator y Photoshop
Metodología SCRUM
Training / Courses
LENS ACADEMY 2016Programmatic Specialist Diploma (IAB)
Civica Scuola Paolo Grassi 1994-1996Diploma Sup. Org. Spettacolo e Attività Culturali
Univ. Statale di Milano 1990-1994Lettere e Filosofia
Achievements
Marine Corps Marathon Finisher (1997)
Finished running 26.2 Miles throughout Washington DC. I don't give up and I finish things that I start.
United States Marine
Served as U.S. Marine at the highest levels within the Department of Defense. Awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal 2 times for outstanding work and leadership
Have helped build/rebuild homes and feeding shelters to help alleviate poverty
I have traveled throughout the US, and South America and have led team to build and rebuild homes in disaster areas (2005 Hurricane Katrina Relief) and third world countries to build feed shelter for the poor.
Certification
Public Speaking United Netherlands
Google Analytics AdvancedGoogle Academy
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Your IT resume can easily become a 10-page document if you were to list every skill and workflow you’re capable of doing for a target company.

But hiring managers don’t have enough time to study every turn of your IT career.

So how do you keep your IT resume compact AND get invited to job interviews while other candidates endlessly tweak their headers and LinkedIn profiles?

Welcome to the last IT resume guide you’ll ever need.

This IT resume guide will teach you:

  • What sections of your IT resume recruiters will read most often
  • How to guide recruiter’s attention with a proper resume format
  • How to present your IT career in the most winning light
  • How to craft the right mix of IT technical and soft skills

How to Write a Career-winning IT resume?

  • When it comes to skills, quality beats quantity.

Don’t overload recruiters with IT terms and abbreviations. Provide context for your skills rather than simply listing them.

Bad example: Mastery in Oracle 11g, Scrum, UNIX, C++, Java back end development

Good example: Resolved 300+ critical bugs to enhance authorization service performance by 87%.

  • Get to the point, quickly.

Recruiters are humans too. Yet some IT resumes are filled with unnecessary technical jargon, and language you only find on the server backup manuals.

Good example: Developed simulation model for FFHB development using Icarus Verilog simulator

Bad example: Developed a simulation model that improved prediction model accuracy by 30%

  • Use resume format and layout to guide the recruiter’s attention to your strengths

Make sure your resume is easy to scan by combining headers andcustom sections. Emphasize your results withbold text. Utilize white space andcolor to control recruiters’ attention.

If you’ve been working in IT for years, a classicreverse-chronological resume is your best bet. You should focus on your work experience because it's the best indicator that you're qualified.

On the other hand, if your IT experience has come from lots of formal and informal work overtime, ahybrid resume might be better. With hybrid formats, your skills are highlighted along with your work experience.

5 sections which makeup the anatomy of a great IT resume

  1. Resume objective or summary
  2. Work experience
  3. Skills
  4. Education
  5. Certifications

But before you get down to fill up your resume - take a step back.

You need to make sure it's easy for a hiring manager to locate information from your resume.

You also need to make sure that it looks good enough to help you stand out.

Plus, it isn't really uncommon for IT resumes to have:

1. Exceptionally large sections

2. Poor margins and borders

IT resume templates and formats 

Even though each resume format or template may appear different to you, they can be divided into four main categories:

  1. Functional resume layout
  2. Reverse chronological layout
  3. Hybrid resume layout
  4. Creative resume layout

It will be tough to succeed with the first and fourth because they do not work that well within the IT scene, and are challenging to do well.

Once you have an idea of what sections to include, the layout to use, and what your resume should be focused on, it's time to start writing resume sections one by one.

IT Resume Summary: Grabbing Recruiter’s Attention

A hiring manager expects a good IT resume objective or a summary to answer the following questions:

1. Are you relevant to the job? (IT work experience, relevant IT degrees)

2. How competent are you? (IT business achievements)

3. Are you proactive and passionate? (IT certifications, community memberships)

Summary
Expert IT specialist who can run diagnostics on networks, security and operating systems. Dedicated worker with a degree in Information Security.
WRONG

Anecdotal evidence and promises won’t get your foot in the door. Be specific about the value you can provide to their organization.  

Summary
An entry-level IT technician with 2 years experience who enjoys troubleshooting to find solutions to technical problems. Strong proficiencies in DNS servers, Data Visualization, and security with a CompTIA Security+ Certification
RIGHT

In just three lines, you told a hiring manager that you’ve 2 years of experience, you’re certified, and you are extremely passionate about DNS and network security.

The resume objective clearly communicates what skills and competencies you’ll bring once you join the company.

2 IT Resume Summary Examples

If you’re a more experienced IT professional, having a summary works better in your favor, giving hiring managers a snapshot into your work experience and core competencies.

Summary
Business analyst with over 10 years experience in IT projects. I helped build large and complex projects in several markets.
WRONG

Just like before, apart from the years of experience, this IT resume summary doesn’t tell the recruiter anything about your core strengths.

Here’s a much better way to display this.

Summary
Senior IT business analyst with 10+ years experience who relishes solving, unique challenging problems. ISEB certified with strong proficiencies in Object-Oriented methods, SQL and data manipulation
RIGHT

For more examples of ace summary sections, read theResume Summary: How-To Guide with 30+ Examples You Need To See article.

How to Write the Experience Section of Your Informational Technology (IT) Resume

If you're writing an IT resume with significant experience, make sure your current job is at the top. The oldest should be placed at the bottom of your work experience.

But, if you're a Consultant or a Temp and are finding it difficult to put multiple roles - here's a good way to do it.

Company Name

IT Project name - Current Date - Start Date

- Bullets explaining your work

IT Project name - Current Date - Start Date

- Bullets explaining your work

The company name would be you staffing company if you're a temp.

But, if you are a consultant, place your firm's name instead.

Addressing gaps in IT work experience?

Facing rejections because of unexplained gaps in your IT resume - don't worry!

All you have to do in this case is to add this bullet under your last freelance or consulting experience:

"Required work flexibility for personal matters, became a consultant and left the role"

Example IT Resume Experience

Experience
IT Project ManagerAtlassian
06/2015 - 09/2019
San Francisco, CA
Developed security procedures for a FTSE 250 company
Updated software data-processing notices in conjunction with GDPR rules
Revised company procedures and trained junior staff on use of new workstations.
WRONG

This version looks more like a short list of job responsibilities, failing to show the impact of the work done.

It might look impressive to have worked for a FTSE 250 company, but it won’t guarantee you an interview - what you did while you were there, is far more important.

Experience
IT Project ManagerAtlassian
06/2015 - 09/2019
San Francisco, CA
Saved $25,000 by revising company IT networks documentation, resulting in increased workplace productivity and 23% fewer support tickets over 9 months
Built a loyal customer base of 20+ customers by learning preferences and tailoring service to each customer.
Led a $120,000 project to upgrade internal hardware and equip staff with skills to help company achieve quarterly goals.
RIGHT

This description is specific.  It shows the direct impact this candidate had on their organisation.

Their experience doesn't simply show what they've done. It also provides clear figures to back up their claims.

IT Resume Experience Sample

Here’s another good and bad example for IT project managers.

Experience
IT Project ManagerBuffer
06/2015 - 09/2019
San Francisco, CA
Coached and mentored team members in Scrum and Squad frameworks
Took initiative and presented business use-cases which enabled ‘just-in-time’ analytics leading to significant business growth.
WRONG

This isn’t awful, but it fails to show the impact of the work done.

How many team members were coached? Also “significant business growth” means different things to different people.

Context is important, so illustrating the scale of growth achieved, with numbers, will leave a stronger impression.

Experience
IT Project ManagerBuffer
06/2015 - 09/2019
San Francisco, CA
Increased customer satisfaction on Agile-led projects by 28% in 4 months
Saved the firm $1 million in fees, by implementing a risk management solution when a SAP implementation project stalled
Managed a team of 25 off-shore and on-site developers across multiple projects.
RIGHT

Again, specificity and clarity is clear. Very impactful statements.

PRO TIPIf you have outstanding achievements throughout your career, include them in a small list next to your experience section to really grab their attention.

If you'd like to see more examples of well-written Experience sections, check out our comprehensiveExperience Resume Section guide.

What Informational Technology (IT) Skills Should You Include on Your Resume?

The world of IT is so vast, therefore the skills you include on your IT resume must reflect two things:

  1. Your work experience
  2. The job you’re applying for

And that’s what IT hiring managers ask themselves all the time:

“Does this candidate have the skills and experience to improve our current operations?”

Taking this into consideration, here's some core skills to include on your  IT resume.

Soft Skills to Include on Your IT Resume

  • Logical approach to problem-solving
  • Initiative; ability to learn new things on your own accord
  • Communication skills; can easily demystify IT jargon to non-tech savvy customers
  • Confident at training internal & external stakeholders on IT systems
  • Highly analytical; can develop an IT solution to any given problem and back it up with data
  • Communication champion; should feel confident over-communicating, to ensure the project’s success

7 Technical Skills to Include on Your IT Resume

  1. Magento, Golang, Ansible, AutoCAD
  2. Network Security
  3. System Administration
  4. Database Management (Oracle, SQL, NoSQL)
  5. Web (HTML, CSS, javascript frameworks)
  6. Patch Management
  7. Wireless Modems/Routers Management
  8. Cloud Systems Administration
  9. Application Deployment and Management
PRO TIPIt's not just your technical skills that separate you from other candidates. Demonstrate your interpersonal skills, including your communication skills. You will likely have to help people who are not tech-savvy. Matching the right solution with their needs is essential here.

IT Resume Certifications

There is no single IT certification that will guarantee you’ll get an IT job. However, according to a survey by Global Knowledge, having any of these 5 certifications can significantly increase your chances of getting a higher paying IT job.

  1. Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Server Infrastructure
  2. CRISC - Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control
  3. CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  4. CompTIA Security/Network+
  5. Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) Routing and Switching

The certifications on your IT resume must match the job description you’re applying for.

For example, imagine you're applying for a job which requires enterprise migration experience.

They're looking for candidates who've used native and third-party migration tools.

In this case, an MCSE certification would be handy to include.

The last thing you want is a resume filled with certifications no longer in demand.

Or too advanced, that’ll get you rejected for being “overqualified.”

Related IT Resume Examples & Templates

Entry Level It Resume Example and Tips

Any experience is good when it’s properly framed. IT experience is not always linear. You may have a few small IT projects under your belt that will prove your skills and ability to carry out finished projectseven as an entry-level candidate.

If you set up a website for a friend, created a mobile app or web service, or contributed to an open-source project, mention this experience in your Project section. What’s great is that you can frame your experience in any way, focusing on the parts of the projects that are most relevant to your target job.

Add interests section. There’s a story when a hiring manager invited a candidate to an interview. Their resume included an “interests” section and featured “paintball” as one of them.

Guess what, they spend more than half of the interview discussing. Most IT resumes, especially entry-level ones, look similar. Any opportunity you have to add a bit more interest and depth to your application is a plus. Keep things balanced, though — your “Interests” section should take less space than any other job-related section.

Senior IT Resume Example

Use targeted resume. Your target job description is like a map to an interview. But only if you read it right. Notice what skills the job description mentions first. Notice the workflows HR managers are discussing the most. If you find that a job description mentions the same skill or workflow several times, that means that the employer puts a lot of emphasis on that topic.

Use ourguide to targeted resumes and learn how to properly read job descriptions, company blogs, and social media to gain a significant advantage over other candidates.

Feature business results. All IT resumes will feature IT-related results, but few will find a way to connect their work to business outcomes. A senior IT manager’s job is not to do be the best tech guy in the company, but to bring the best out of all other tech guys. Show how your work facilitated business results, and both recruiters and company leaders will instantly recognize your potential value to the company because you speak the language they understand the most.

So that’s how to write a compelling IT resume

Now you know how to write an IT resume that’ll earn you interviews; to summarize:

  • Showcase your outstanding achievements by pooling them together in a separate box to draw their attention
  • Position your objective/summary around the business problems you managed to solve for your previous employers. Only include the information that will help the reader make a positive decision on your application. Cut the rest.
  • Remove IT jargon from your experience, you want to clearly explain what you can do for them.
  • Think about your audience when choosing whether to prioritize certifications above education, or vice-versa