Monday, May 19, 2014 by Patricia Martin
It takes 30 seconds for resume readers to scan a resume and determine if it needs a more detailed read. A well formatted, easy-to-read resume is critical to attract and grab the reader’s attention and make the reader want to get into the details of your experience. However, resume formatting is highly objective and somewhat dependent on the position you are pursuing. As a business development manager, I scan hundreds of resumes a week, and have some recommendations to help get your resume read and not just scanned.
IT recruiting is very specific, and recruiters are looking for candidates with skill sets that are specific to their hiring manager’s needs. The length of your resume will depend primarily on your years of experience. People with less than five years of experience should be able to fit their resume on one page. Candidates with 20 years of experience, project managers, executives or candidates with Ph.D.s may have a four-page resume as they will need to show their progression, research, publications and successes. The trick is to summarize similar experiences and highlight the uniqueness of each position.
When writing your resume, remember: A technical career is no excuse for a poorly written resume.
Keep it Brief
Summarize your technical experience and stay on point and relevant to what your objective is. Here’s a short and sweet example for an IT service provider with broad experience:
A goal-oriented professional with extensive computer, electronics, mechanical and customer service skills. Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines. A strong work ethic combined with a commitment to excellence in all projects undertaken.