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.
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.
As your career advances to the VP or CIO / CTO level, the challenge in writing a strong technical leadership resume shifts.
Earlier in your career, the issue is primarily what to include. At the IT Manager or even IT Director level - the goal is often to present a clear, and complete picture both of business value and of technical depth.
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.
The first question I ask clients in my technical resume writing service is simple.
What do you do better?
What are your differentiators? What do you differently? What do you bring to the table, that your competition may not?
Should I Tailor my Technical Resume for Every Job?
In my technical resume service, I'm frequently asked this question. As with many technical resume issues, there are a range of opinions. Several authoritative websites suggest that tailoring your resume for every job is a good idea.
One of the most common misconceptions about resumes in general - and technical resumes in particular - is the question of length.
"But I Never Heard Back After I Submitted my Resume…"
Unfortunately, this is something that I hear constantly in my technical resume writing service. Applying online, or even in person, doesn't always lead to call back. Often you won't hear back after submitting your technical resume.
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.