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What 10 sections do you need in your IT resume to make an impact on recruiters and hiring managers?
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel to stand out with your IT resume. Successful IT resumes make use of the basics while tailoring them specifically to the role. Keep in mind, each position is unique in its own right and what may work for one, may not be suitable for another. So pick and choose as appropriate.
1. Personal Projects
Recruiters take note of projects you’ve developed outside of your previous jobs. These show passion and an ability to self-motivate; two stand-out assets in the tech industry.
Including your tech projects on your resume will also allow you to elaborate on your skills in a tangible way. There's a clear product built from your talents - this also helps if you have little previous experience working in a company. Examples of projects you can include are your resume website, apps, and plugins.
Tobias did this in his resume that got him hired at Deepmind.
2. Technical Experience
Start with writing a list of all platforms, databases, and coding tools you’re comfortable with. Then, analyze the job description to see if there are any specific skills that are essential for the position. Try to include as many relevant technologies you have experience with. Moreover, research the company’s upcoming plans to see if there’s any databases and programs they’d benefit from. Showing how your skills will help the company and its projects grow and develop in the future makes you an even more competitive candidate. You should also mention any coding languages you’re familiar with.
After graduating as a photography student, Jamie used this approach to get an internship in online video curation.
3. External Courses
Much like your personal projects, external courses show a level of dedication that’s highly valued. If you’ve taken any courses on Coursera or Udacity, for example, these would be wise to include on your resume. Committing to personal development ties into showing how you are adaptable in the tech industry.
4. Life Philosophy
Tech recruiters seek out motivated people with a solid moral foundation. Including your life philosophy on your resume will give recruiters insight into what keeps you going and how you approach your work. This will also help set you apart from the pool of other applicants.In the very real possibility that you’re up against applicants with the same level of experience and knowledge, your life philosophy can give you an edge.
5. Contact Details
The basics are needed here. Your name, phone number, email, and website link. This is also a great spot to Link to a website you developed to show recruiters your technical aptitude.If you’re linking to a LinkedIn page, make sure your bio and previous experience are up-to-date as well.
Directing recruiters to these websites allow you to show your skill rather than talk about it. If you’re a coder, think about including your personal Github too.
6. Personal Summary
Tech recruiters are interested in the commitment it took employees to get where they are. Your personal summary is the perfect way to show this. In it, you can give a succinct overview of your career history and future desires, as well as some information on the areas you’re most skilled in.
If this is your first time entering tech, including a personal summary is the best way to describe your career prior to this move. If this is your first-ever resume, a personal summary is even more influential. However, if you have an extensive history in tech, this section is less needed.
7. Most Proud Of
An IT resume is perfectly rounded off with a Most Proud Of Section. This section allows you to highlight culture fit and your values. In it, you can discuss a moment in your life that doesn’t fit neatly in your experience but is important to the story of your career, or you can use it to emphasise significant achievements that also have a personal meaning.
8. My Time
Fitting into company culture increases your attractiveness to recruiters. Detailing how you spend your time and what a typical day looks like for you shows the recruiter your ability to time-manage and what you dedicate your energy to. This will allow them to see if you’re a workaholic, a balanced worker, someone that enjoys hiking a lot, and more.
9. Previous Experience
One of the greatest mistakes you can make listing your previous experience is being too vague. Merely listing responsibilities tells the recruiter little about your skill and potential impact. You might have been in charge of optimising online content, but did you do it well? Framing your previous experience in terms of your impact will help you bring your value across. Recruiters want to hear about your impact on their bottoms-line.
Jonathan conquered this well in his resume by detailing his work with Amazon.
10. Favorite Books
Including your favourite books lets the recruiter see where your ideas and motivations come from, and they’re a great conversation starter in the interview. Sam included her favorite books on her resume when transitioning into tech leading to a recruiter telling her: 'I normally don't take resumes, but this is really great. I'm gonna show this to my colleagues in recruiting.'
How to get a referral on LinkedIn for the sales role you want
Relying on nothing but your resume can leave you with less than a 2% chance of getting an interview. As you can see, it’s important to give yourself the best shot possible at getting hired. This includes leveraging personal connections to get referred to a job.
So before you start applying for a new IT role, check your 1st and 2nd degree contacts in both LinkedIn and in any other relevant groups you may belong to. If you don’t have strong connections in the industry you’re looking to establish yourself in, start making them now!
Check out our complete guide to getting job referrals for more actionable tips.
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