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.
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.
The very few, specialized, IT Resume Writers like myself have access to some very interesting - and sometimes disturbing - trends within the IT industry.
One that I've been hearing a lot of lately, is IT professionals who may career the IT Manager title, but who's job description can ofter be little more than a senior system administrator.
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.
"The Modern Resume, How to Move to the Top of the Stack" is a post on the website of the University of Washington’s Office of Professional and Continuing Education, a site that offers much good advice for job seekers. I agree with most of what the post has to offer, which I’ll summarize for you here. But I disagree strongly with two points - and think that a third piece of advice needs to be used with a lot of caution.
There's an old saying, "You never get a second chance to make a good first impression." That's why the first section of your technical resume is so critical. This initial resume content is known by several names, including the Professional Profile, Executive Summary, Career Summary, and many more. But regardless of title, the importance of this segment of the resume cannot be overstated.