Writing a resume is a stressful prospect. That single document can make or break your chances of landing an interview, so the pressure is on to make it perfect. But how do you showcase your IT skills on your resume so that it passes resume scanning software while also positioning you as an ideal candidate?
List All Relevant Skills First
The best way to ensure your resume gets past automated screening software and to make it easy for hiring managers to read is to create a “Relevant Skills” section at the top of your resume, under your professional summary and before you list your experience.
First, study the job posting and make sure to include skills from the required list for each job you are applying for. Take care not to lie, however. Only list the skills you actually have. Then round out our list with other up-to-date and in-demand skills in your niche.
Some tips to keep in mind:
- Remove outdated skills from the list or skills that have no bearing on the job you are seeking.
- Group skill sets together by category (operating systems, programming tools, etc.).
- List skills in each category by relevance, not in alphabetical order.
Include Skills You’re Learning
You can add a section on the skills you are currently developing. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner; the point is to include as many relevant skills as possible. Including skills that are in development also shows your commitment to ongoing learning and growth in your tech career.
List Experience By Relevance
Next, instead of listing your experience chronologically, consider listing your most relevant job experience first. For many people, this won’t impact chronology, but in some cases, it will.
When you list each previous job, focus on your skills and achievements rather than just listing tasks and responsibilities. This is a great way to further incorporate your skills by applying them to specific projects. For example, if you list Java and Oracle, you can describe the role those skills played in successful projects. This will show not just your skillset but also the value you bring to the table.
Work With A Professional Recruiter
Writing a resume isn’t easy for anyone; even the most seasoned tech professionals. Working with a recruiter who can give you tips on how to organize and structure your resume can give you a competitive edge in the market.
A tech recruiter will match you with jobs that best suit your unique skills and experience, and they can help position you as an ideal candidate with hiring managers. In today’s competitive tech job market, a recruiter can be the advantage you need to land a great job.
If you are seeking new tech job opportunities and want to put an expert in your corner, talk to the recruiters at Employment Professionals Canada. Browse our current tech job openings to apply online or contact us directly to learn more.