Mistake #1: Too Much Technology

slide123Many job seekers flood their IT 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 job search and then integrate those tools into your professional development section. Add your remaining tools and technologies to a section titled “Technical Profile” or “Technology Skills.”

Here are examples of robust achievement statements.

♦ 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.

♦ 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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