As a professional IT Resume Writer, I follow IT hiring trends very carefully - in the news, in my network, on Twitter, and on LinkedIn.
And there's some bad advice out there - advice that I see consistently. So I'd like to take a moment to discuss some of the things that you'll see - from the early stages of your due diligence finding professional IT resume writers through the later stages of the job search.
- You're the best person to write your resume. I've addressed this in more detail in a recent post. But I would like to quickly reiterate that this is only very rarely the case. Very few job seekers have the clarity of vision, the technical resume writing abilities, or the knowledge of the market to write the best resume possible. We all have blind spots. And those blind spots can add weeks or months to the job search. That's why working closely with an experienced, highly personalized IT resume writer will help you not only get an interview more quickly - but will also help you gain the critical clarity on your previous career to ensure that excel in the interview process.
- Customize your resume for every job. This is very common bad advice. And - at first glance - it seems to make sense. But think about what customizing every resume you send out will really entail. The average job seeker - even at the executive level - often sends out dozens - if not hundreds - of resumes. To attempt to customize everyone of those resumes for slightly different jobs is ridiculously time consuming. In addition, every new version of your IT resume dramatically increases the chances of typos and other errors. So - if you're job search is well focused, as it should be - pick the best professional IT resume writer to craft one version that will clearly showcase your skills, abilities, and achievements, and will require little or no customization.
- IT resumes are dead, so you need a multimedia, video resume to stand out from the crowd. This particular piece of bad advice comes in phases. About twice a year, my friends, concerned for my livelihood, will send me an article on how IT resumes - and resumes in general - are dead. But the problem with this particular piece of bad advice is that it generally comes from journalists who have very little real knowledge of the hiring process. The IT resume remains a critical tool in the job search - and for one very compelling reason. There is no other single approach that can convey as much information about who you are as a professional in such a brief compass. And given the time constraints on busy hiring managers, that efficiency trumps the flash of video resumes.
This list, certainly, isn't exhaustive. There is a lot of advice out on the internet about resumes, coaching, and the job search in general. Some of it is good. Some, as I've detailed in this blog, is less good.