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Searching for the right IT job can be an overwhelming task. Although promising opportunities aren’t in short supply, neither are the hordes of qualified candidates. Submitting a resume – whether in-person, online, or through a recruiter – can feel like casting a net into a vast ocean, hoping to snag a rare fish.
Regardless of how long you have conducted your job search, you likely understand the importance of a well-written and impactful resume to grabbing the attention of the right “fish” – or, in this case, the employer with the right opportunity for you. Because busy recruiters spend only a few seconds scanning each resume, crafting this document to perfection should be a priority for all jobseekers.
Components of an Effective Resume
What do hiring managers look for in a resume? Although the answer varies depending on the individual, incorporating the following components into your resume provides the best chance of snagging an interview.
Features that distinguish outstanding resumes include:
Introduction. Many employers like to see an objective or summary of qualifications at the beginning of a resume. This succinct statement should include a description of the candidate as a professional, in addition to current and future professional goals.
Keywords. An increasing number of companies run the resumes they receive through software programs that select documents based on specific words they contain. When submitting a resume for a job, scan the posting for important words or phrases and work them into the document (as long as they accurately reflect your experience and qualifications).
F-shape. Recruiters typically scan the top of a resume, then quickly move down the left-hand side of the document to look for pertinent details. Arrange your resume so the most important keywords and information fall within an “F” shape to reflect this reading style.
Action words. When listing current and past job duties, begin each bullet point with a strong action verb such as “created,” “implemented,” or “led” rather than more passive nouns or adjectives. Prospective employers seek candidates with the initiative and confidence to perform job tasks.
Relevant experience. Whether you are just starting out in the IT field, making a career change, or possess years of related work experience, highlight job duties that relate the most to the positions for which you apply. Any experience – including internships, volunteer positions, and class projects – are wildcards that could occupy prominent places on a resume.
Format. Don’t underestimate the power of formatting when it comes to resumes. Many applicants use templates to make the resume writing process easier, but these can appear too elaborate or outdated. A simple, well-organized resume with easy-to-read text and adequate spacing reduces the risk of ending up in the “circular file.”
Creating a winning resume may seem intimidating, but incorporating the above elements helps individuals gain an advantage in the competitive IT job market.
For jobseekers looking for their ideal IT position, a qualified IT recruiter can help. Contact IT Accel today to learn how we can help connect you with your next employer.
Does your resume contain all the right elements to help you land an interview?