One common issue that I hear from clients in my technical resume writing service is that my clients are getting calls back from their resume - but not the right kind of calls.
Usually, this means that a client - an IT Manager or even Director - is getting calls that would be more appropriate for a hands-on technologist.
This is a result of a technical resume that sends a clear message - but not the right one.
There are a number of reasons that this may be the case.
- No clear title or branding statement. If your resume doesn't have a clear, initial headline, it forces the reader to determine who you are and what you do. There's a good chance that a busy hiring authority may not do that as accurately as you'd like.
- Too much of the wrong information. If your resume over-emphasizes the technical aspects of your career, without balancing that information with strategic business initiatives and leadership, the hiring authority is likely to think you may be a great fit - for an opportunity that doesn't particularly interest you.
- Formatting that gives a lower level impression. While there are no hard and fast rules - no perfect, approved format for strong IT executive resumes - in general an all bullets format gives the impression of someone who may be earlier career than you are.
So, if you're resume is getting the wrong kind of attention, consider a targeted resume rewrite, addressing where you plan to go next in your career - rather than focusing exclusively on where you've been.