The technology industry is fast-growing and competitive. The most crucial component of this sector is its wide-ranging impact on the labor market and the global economy, which is meant to exceed $5.3 trillion in 2022 according to IDC projections. Many people think that writing a new technology resume is for the junior members of the technology profession, but if you are a mid-level or senior technical person and have not revamped your resume in the last year, then there is a good chance you may need to relook at it.
When applying for a job in engineering, IT, computer science, programming, software engineering, web development or design, and or other related technology positions, you need a technical resume. Indeed, technology resumes differ from the traditional in a number of ways as they give applicants the option to professionally showcase their technological abilities. Therefore, knowing how to write and create an excellent resume increases a hiring manager’s interest in you as a candidate.
Although resumes are customizable for every particular job, there are essential components to include in your technology resume:
Best tips for your Technology Resume
1. Focus on accomplishments
What are the accomplishments you are most proud of? Was there a specific project you worked on that sticks out to you? Focus on the results you achieved in your previous experiences in addition to job duties. Results and experience with certain software are what hiring managers are looking for.
For example, list your greatest successes and arrange them, starting with the most recent and relevant one. Next, write the outcome of that project. Do you have hard data such as a success growth percentage? Use it! Maybe you solved a problem they were previously unable to resolve. Show it! Your resume should not make statements without showing how. You may feel as though you need to expound upon every detail, but you do not. Write down bullet points and make sure to keep it short, sweet, and to the point.
Here are some examples and how to write them:
- “Spearheaded the development of a new user interface that saw a 20% boost in customer satisfaction.”
- “Coached a group of 15 web developers.”
- “Created and developed a method for receiving feedback from users to report faults and issues.”
- “Re-engineered account software systems for customers that reduced bugs by 12%.”
- “Collaborated on the creation of an innovative software interface for banks.”
By quantifying your results, you set your tech resume for success, being professional and fascinating at the same time.
2. Always target
The days of submitting one generic technology resume to a bunch of employers are long gone. Now, it is a good idea to tailor your CV for each position, whether you are looking for just one ideal job or a few.
The first step is to carefully read the job description of the position. Secondly, after studying the job description, determine what the employer is seeking. Third, select important terms and keywords from the job description that fit with your background and include them throughout your resume (this improves your chances to pass the initial scanning of the CV). Fourth, depending on the duties of the position, some applicants choose to highlight the different abilities they offer. You do not want to change them completely, but simply alter the order they are displayed. This way you are providing information of particular relevance to hiring managers.
With these 4 steps, you are focusing on the requirements of hiring supervisors and making your resume stand out.
3. Add skills
It is beneficial to list technical abilities appropriate for a role. For instance, this part includes technical abilities including knowledge of coding languages, database administration experience, and computer programming. Overall, here are some technical talents divided into categories:
- Entry-level skills: Python, REST, Jenkins, Spring.
- Intermediate skills: Java, C#, Visual Studio, SQL, Ruby on Rails, Hibernate.
- Expert skills: HTML, TFS, JDBC, Hudson, C/C++, CSS, SOAP, Eclipse, J2EE.
Inspect and analyze your experience and abilities derived from it. Choose your level of expertise and list all your knowledge.
4. Choose a professional font
Although some say, “Don’t worry about the design”, the visuals and style matter, especially on readability. A professionally created resume aids to create a favorable first impression with hiring managers. Hence, when choosing a resume font, take into account size, presentation, and legibility on both paper and computer screens.
- The most popular is Times New Roman (*serif font) at a size twelve.
- Other suitable serif fonts are Didot, Book Antiqua, Georgia, Garamond, and Cambria.
- The sans serif fonts like Helvetica Neue, Calibri, Verdana, Trebuchet MS, and Lato are recommendable as well.
* serif fonts are fonts with extra strokes on the ends of their letterforms and sans, literally means without these extra strokes.
Whatever font you decide on, keep in mind that size twelve is a recognizable and legible font size. It’s best to use larger fonts to draw attention to your name and heading section. Additionally, the sans-serif typeface ten is the smallest font size to use, and it’s applied only when not everything fits on one page. Also, be consistent when using bold, italic, and capital letters to draw attention to showcase the best parts of your resume.
5. Back yourself up with evidence
An effective tech resume includes professional accomplishments, but it’s not enough to just state them, you also need to back it up with supporting documentation. Add one of the following three forms of proof:
- An online work portfolio.
- Testimonials and a 360-degree review from former and current boss or coworkers.
- Awards won that are pertinent to your professionals’ development.
In conclusion, positioning yourself for success by producing an interesting tech resume is destined to grab every hiring manager’s attention.
Competition for jobs in the tech industry is difficult, but if your resume accurately reflects your skills and experience in the subject, you are one step closer to getting hired.
Need some assistance reviewing your resume and ensuring that it hits the mark? No problem. Reach out to a Brixton Group Recruiter today!
About The Brixton Group
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