Technical Resume Best Practices - Language Matters! I'm not a big believer in lists of things that you must avoid on your technical resume. Everyone is different. Every technical resume writer is different, too, so one writer's must have is another writer's anathema.
So this is, of course, just one IT resume writer's opinion on a few things phrases to avoid, and a few tips on strong language to strengthen your technology resume.
Technical resumes are action-oriented documents - however dry they may initially appear. A technology resume needs to show the actions you've taken to solve clear, specific problems. So the resume language should also be action oriented. That means rich in strong verbs.
Now, I'm not suggesting that you go to the thesaurus and find the most obscure synonym for "lead" that you can - that can look forced, and distract the hiring authority's attention from the content of your technical resume. But it is best to begin sentences with a strong verb, a verb that draws the reader in.
The reverse in often true. "Procedural language," as it's called in my trade, can slow the resume down, and make you appear to be less active, and more passive. Hiring authorities aren't, generally, looking for passive folks.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I do recommend avoiding the phrase "responsible for." There's always a more interesting way to phrase that! Also, "responsible for" sounds like it was just lifted from HR's job description for your role. Not exciting.
Generally, as an IT resume writer, I also minimize the use of "manage." Leading a team, for example, provides a much stronger image than managing the same team. That isn't to say I'll never use "manage" in a technical resume - particularly in managing a budget - but I do try to use the word sparingly.
On a more general level, though, I counsel my technical resume clients to avoid language that they'd never, ever use in real life. Language that would be completely appropriate for a sales professional may sound very unnatural for an IT Manager, IT Director, or CIO.