As one of the few specialized IT Resume Writers in the careers industry, I see a number of common problems in the initial IT resumes my clients send me.
One of the most common of these is a resume that has grown - without any real change in strategy or direction - for my client's entire career.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, it's understandable to want to include everything in your technology resume - but it's just not a great idea. As a technical resume writer, I work closely with technical professionals, including IT Managers, IT Directors, and CIOs. So I fully understand the appeal of fascinating, cutting-edge, or just plain cool technologies.
Particularly in challenging times like these, you may be tempted to include absolutely you've ever done in your technology resume - in the (reasonable) hope that something will catch the hiring authority's attention. Unfortunately, while understandable, that approach too often backfires. As I've mentioned previous, hiring authorities - whether external recruiters or in-house HR professionals - are REALLY busy people. They are not, generally, able to take the time to "mine" a resume to get a sense for whether the candidate can solve their problems.
One of the most common problems I see in my client's initial technical resumes is a lack of clear structure. Often, my clients have great information throughout the resume, but it's in unconnected nuggets that can be hard to mine for critical information. Duties and accomplishments are often mixed and formatting may not give a clear vision of which is which.