Did you know the average IT resume gets read in 15-30 seconds? According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020. With all the competition you face from other IT jobseekers sending in their resumes, what is going to make yours stand out?
There are many ideas to consider when creating your IT resume. We have gone through several options of what we believe to be the best ways to have your resume get noticed by a potential employer.
Social media sites, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Google+, all influence potential employers and their decision-making process. It is important to understand social media is driving a portion of your current and future job hunt. A recent Pew Internet Survey found 65 percent of adult Internet users are using social networking sites, and the baby boomer generation’s typical daytime usage of these sites moved from 20 percent to 32 percent in just one year.
However, in addition to social media, there are many other deciding factors and ideas that will drive your IT resume creation, one click at a time.
First Click: Map out Your Past Career History
When creating your IT resume, you’ll want to stick with the customary Times New Roman font with a 12-point size for readability and black type on white computer paper. You should put the name of your previous company in a bold type and include a 1-2 sentence outline of your experience at that company. When listing your previous employment history, list your most recent employer at the top of the page and follow below with your past employers in chronological order. In addition, be sure to include numbers and statistics in your resume, for example: “Increased programming in XYZ Company by 30 percent in 6 months.”
In addition to your past career history, be sure to include all of your technical proficiencies such as platforms (UNIX®, Windows®, Linux®, Mac OS®, etc.), networking (TCP/IP, Banyan, SSH, VPN, Ethernet, etc.), languages (CSS, HTML, Java, PHP, etc.), and tools (Tripwire®, Lotus Notes®, Microsoft Office Suite®, etc.).
Another important factor to include is your education background. Whether you have a business degree, are looking to complete school or are looking for a degree in Information Technology Management or Information Systems Management, potential employers will look for your education history.
Second Click: Create Your Social Media Profile(s)
Begin your social networking resume with LinkedIn. Creating a LinkedIn profile is relatively easy; they have a resume uploader for you to take advantage of and your previous job history is easily uploaded into your profile. In addition to uploading your resume onto your profile, you’ll want to include any specialties you have in the IT field or from your past career that would contribute to your future position. From there be sure to add previous co-workers, bosses, and clients, and join any groups that would add value to your online resume. After that, be sure to ask your networking connections for recommendations on your past work, as well as if they know of any IT career opportunities.
Third Click: Showcase Your New Resume and Network, Network, Network
There are several recruiters, experts and seasoned veterans of the IT field looking to hire new IT professionals. Check out the many online networking opportunities and virtual career fairs, such as Rasmussen College hosts an annual Career and Networking Expo with dozens of employers looking to hire, as well as several networking opportunities.
Fourth Click: Be Confident
Confidence is key to any resume and job hunt. Being confident and strategic in the way you create your IT resume (see First Click) is important in any resume building job search. Another way to boost your confidence and be strategic in the resume creation and job hunt process is to volunteer. Go out into your community and find an opportunity that interests you or relates to your resume creation or job search; you never know who you’re going to meet.
Have these tips been helpful in your IT resume creation, sparked an interest in the career field of IT or have you considering a degree in technology? There are several opportunities for a degree in Information Systems Management and Information Technology Management at Rasmussen College.
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