The Ten Reasons that IT Resumes underperform, Mistake #1: Too Much Technology
By IT Career Expert

Why do job seekers flood their resumes with so many deep technical details, tools, and technologies that it’s difficult to distinguish their achievements separate from the technology they used? While it’s important to include your technical capabilities, you’ll want both technical hiring managers and nontechnical HR managers to understand what you’ve done.

A good practice is to select your top 5-6 tools that are most important in your career search and then integrate those tools into your resume. Your remaining tools and technologies can be added in a separate section on your resume titled “Technical Profile” or “Technology Skills.”

Here is an example of an achievement statement that actually mentions quite a bit of technology.

♦ Developed a hybrid strategy to keep costs down; used data center hardware with SAN deployment for high-availability data, and cloud-based storage with Amazon S3 and Box.com for backup and archival.

Here is an example of an achievement statement that describes quite a few capabilities without focusing on the specific technology. You could start with this type of statement and then add a separate sentence that focuses more on the technology.

  • Applied analytical process, as Site Manager, to plan and design new components for complex, multi-tier application suite with $1.6 million annual budget. Enabled administrative staff to perform technical activities such as data manipulation, data management, and data exchange.

About Jennifer Hay

IT Resume Writer, LI Profile Writer, and Data and Information Career Advisor
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