With the digitalization of the world more and more businesses and governments are leaning on technology to function. Hence, the need for professionals from IT backgrounds is growing.
The growth is projected to be so astronomical in this sector that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of computer and information technology occupations to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028.
As an IT professional you can work in almost any sector or industry of your choice if you have the necessary qualifications. The actual roles within IT are diverse and so are the requirements for every job profile so one is guaranteed to find a job to their liking.
Here are 5 tips that can help you frame an impeccable IT resume and raise your chance at being shortlisted by the recruiters:
- Frame an accurate header
Using your name instead of the generic ‘Resume’ or ‘CV’ distinguishes your resume. It gives your resume a unique identity and helps you to stand out.
Write your real/full name on the topmost part of your resume.
People with middle names should consider initializing it rather than writing it in full.
It may seem like a simple thing but it does have an impact on your resume so make sure to follow this tip while framing the header of your resume.
2. Write an honest profile title
The profile title you display on your resume should be your most recent or your current designation.
You might be tempted to exaggerate your profile title to impress the recruiters and enhance your professional potential in their eyes or to leverage higher pay but be assured that any embellishment will negatively impact your job application.
Doing so will pass off as deliberately lying to the recruiters and you can lose the chance of being shortlisted for your dream job even if you are a suitable applicant with all the required skills and qualifications.
Every IT job profile has a set of roles and responsibilities to shoulder and you need to be qualified to deserve any specific job profile.
Keep in mind that your profile title is your professional identity and you need to frame it accurately.
3. Curate effective Professional Experience statements
Your professional experience section is one of the most important features in your resume that can help you communicate your professional IT skills to the recruiters.
Follow the correct resume format by sticking to one-liner points while framing your professional experience statements and avoid writing lengthy paragraphs that may fail to intrigue the recruiters into recognizing you as a suitable applicant. Start every point using a suitable power verb to impactfully frame your statements.
The best way to organize your one-liner points is by creating different headings (bucket) and listing all the similar points under the relevant bucket.
Also, bold the highlights of your career to make it easier for the recruiters to read and comprehend your professional experience statements.
You can refer to the action-oriented accomplishment statements espoused by Princeton University and frame impactful one-liner points.
Provide accurate performance figures wherever necessary to specify the extent of your achievements and contribution to an organization that you have worked for before or currently working for.
4. Compose a succinct resume summary
Compose an effective resume summary to wrap up your resume.
Scan through your resume and pick the most significant highlights of your career and frame them in your resume summary as this can give the recruiters an insight into your professional experience and make them recognize your IT skills.
Limit the summary of your resume to a maximum of 5 lines. Keep it brief and specific.
4 . Provide your Personal Information
Ideally, you would be required to provide your contact number, email address, and current location in the professional information section of your resume.
Provide your active contact number and official email address in your resume for the recruiters to get in touch with you for any possible shortlist.
However, keep yourself updated with the hiring guidelines of your country before giving out other specific personal details such as your sexual orientation, marital status, etc.
Some countries like the US do not allow the applicants to mention their religion, gender, etc. to avoid any possible biased hiring. Whereas in the Mid-east they can ask you to mention your age, nationality, and even your passport details.
Here are some key takeaways from our article:
- Write your name as the resume header.
- Do not exaggerate your profile title and provide only an accurate professional status.
- Frame your professional experience effectively.
- Give an overview of your IT resume in the resume summary.
- Provide your personal information details as required by the targeted organization.
A budding entrepreneur, resume strategist, and career-building enthusiast, Aditya is the co-founder of Hiration — an AI-powered online resume builder and platform for job seekers.