A well formatted resume will not only catch the eye of your recruiter, but it will also help your recruiter in marketing your strengths to the client in the best way possible.
So here are some of my top tips for a professional IT resume:
Avoid fancy design templates found online
Online templates are often too condensed which leads to individuals leaving out crucial information.
Don’t try to squeeze a long career into a 1-2-page resume
Often, I see candidates leave out important information or they fail to sufficiently explain their experience. Sometimes, candidates tell me they want to remove certain roles because it detracts from the overall narrative of their career journey – consider that no career trajectory is perfectly linear, and breadth of experience is valuable. Do not exclude a contract role because it was a short assignment, but do state that it was a contract role.
Order and structure of your resume
Professional photo (entirely optional)– Recruiters will always remove photos prior to your resume being sent to the client. However, it is advised that you use a professional photo on your LinkedIn profile.
Name, email, phone number, suburb you live in, your work rights, LinkedIn profile.
Summary: elevator pitch on your background and your career objectives.
Education: List your degree(s), certifications, or any current clearances/checks. Examples are driver’s licence, current police check, Working with Children check, First Aid etc.
Key Skills: ideally list under headings of hardware, software, operating systems, networks and programming languages.
Work History: Aim to have at least one job title on the first page, it’s important because your recent work history is what the hiring manager is interested in learning. Please list them from most recent and include the dates (month and year).
Include Job title, company, dates worked, summary of the company, summary of the projects (if it was a project-based role). Outline key responsibilities in dot-point form, these should be as detailed as possible. If you’re experiencing writer’s block have a look at your old job description for inspiration. Don’t forget to include the tools you used in the role e.g. Salesforce, MS Excel, PowerBI etc.
Projects: Ideally this section should be focused on work projects rather than university projects. Try to contextualize the project by explaining the problem first, and then which approach was adopted, your responsibilities and the result. Recruiters and hiring managers want to identify what your role within the project was specifically, and they are equally interested in the nature of the project itself so try to explain it as best you can.
School you graduated from, Internships, Charity Work.
Any key achievements you want to highlight (optional)
Interests/Hobbies (optional) beware that unconscious bias may work to help or hinder your application, so think carefully about what you want to include/exclude.
References (optional at the initial stage) as a courtesy to your referees it is best to exclude their contact information until you are asked for it during the recruitment process.
In summary, resume issues are usually related to lack of detail, especially when it comes to the work history and project section. Do not be afraid to elaborate and contextualize. Because IT recruiters perform keyword searches, it’s vital to list all of your IT exposure so that you do not miss out on future opportunities. If you have had the exposure but you are not an advanced user, then that is ok, but it’s important to let your recruiter know.
I hope this information has been useful to you, and if you are looking for an IT role in local government then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.
Phone: 03 8535 3111