IT Resumes Writers see a number of critical patterns that can be easily missed - both by IT professionals seeking a new opportunity, and by hiring authorities primarily focused on filling critical positions.
Given the highly specialized nature of my work - and the large number of often unsatisfactory IT resumes that cross my desk, I'm in a unique position to notice those patterns. And it's my responsibility to my clients to make them aware of the bad news that may be keeping the phone from ringing
I've seen an interesting - but, I think, mistaken - trend over the last couple of months, on LinkedIn and various career blogs.
That's a tendency to ignore skills as a clear, necessary factor both in IT resumes, and in the broader job search. I've been seeing posts suggesting that people are hired because of motivation, cultural fit, dedication - but that skills just aren't important these days.
As a professional IT Resume Writer, I follow IT hiring trends very carefully - to ensure that I craft the best possible IT resume for my clients.
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 a professional IT resume writer through the later stages of the job search.
There are, of course, variations on this theme. "I've been trying to write my resume for weeks, and it's just not working." "I'm a good writer, but I have no idea how to get my career down on paper."
This list goes on.
My clients are very smart people.
They are expert problem solvers who can anticipate technical and business issues months - if not years - in advance, and create complex, detailed, and effective strategic plans that address many critical issues - before they happen.
As a professional resume writer, there are some issues that I see over and over again in the initial client IT resumes that cross my desk.
One of the most common is to see every job described in an almost identical number of words, the same number of bullets, the same visual space on the page - whether that job is current, or was a decade and a half ago.
As an IT Resume Writer, I really do only one thing.
I help my clients solve a problem.
My clients really only call me for one reason.
As one of the leading IT Resume Writers in the careers industry, I make it my business to follow all aspects of IT news.
My clients expect me to know every major trend - both in IT generally, in the IT job market. So when I came on this article, I felt it critical to pass the information along to the readers of my blog, and my twitter and LinkedIn followers.
I held off on buying an iPad.
I couldn't see the point - it seemed like a big iPhone that wasn't a phone.
But I broke down and got one early this year. I'm studying Chinese, and there's an incredible app - Skritter - for learning Chinese characters. And using Skritter on the iPhone was killing my eyes
IT Resume Writers are a rare breed in the resume writing industry.
Most resume writers are generalists; they write a very wide range of projects, from entry level to executive, and from sales or marketing to administrative. Many of those resume writers are very skilled, and produce strong resumes, cover letters. Many of the those resume writers, quite frankly, are less skillful, and tend to produce look alike, read alike documents.
When prospective clients call me, they're often frustrated - frustrated in their current job and frustrated with the challenges of the job search.
After all, if a prospective client loved their current job, they wouldn't email me. That's why, in my initial conversation with a prospective client, I always want to get a strong feel for what's going on in their current job - what prompted them to pick up the phone - and what their concerns are about the job search.
I recently came upon an interesting article detailing many of the challenges that keep top corporate CIOs up at night. Gery Menegaz makes some great points on the many, rapidly changing pressures that CIOs face in a constantly evolving and unpredictable technology and business landscape. I'd highly recommend the article; he presents many great, solid insights from some leading CIOs on big data, cloud, BYOD, security, and the myriad other challenges that CIOs face as technology continues to rapidly transform.
The CAR - Challenge Action Results - approach makes it far easier to see the major themes of your career - rather than getting in lost in the weeds.
In an earlier post, I discussed the value of the CAR - Challenge Action Result Resume format.
As with so many resume issues, there are a number of opinions on whether or not to include hobbies and interests in a technical leadership resume.
Those opinions range from "absolutely not, under no circumstances, never!" to "sure!"
There are several strategies to ensure that your resume value proposition is absolutely clear to the reader. I discussed that one reason an IT leadership resume may not get the right calls back is that there may be an ineffective headline - or none at all. Today, I'd like to address the resume headline or branding statement. Here are a couple of options for a headline that are direct, and clearly let the hiring authority know your next career step and your current career level.