How to light up your IT resume to get noticed.


4 tips to make your resume standout

1. Tailor your resume to the job, include keywords relevant to the position:

To grab a recruiter’s attention, provide them with 8-10 powerful bullet points highlighting your strength for the role. This will increase your chance of getting noticed.

Before responding to a job posting, revie

w the job description and take the time to tailor your resume accordingly.

2. Consistent font size:

Always use an easy to read font, for example, Arial, Calibri and Lucida Sans. You should use a point size of 11 or 12. Anything smaller is not recommended as it can be quite difficult to read, especially when scanning.

3. Maximum 6 pages:

Your resume is a career selling tool, not an autobiography. Keep your resume short and focused on your key skills. Ensure you include the most important information relevant to the position you are applying for in your resume. Recruiters and Clients will want to see the skills they are looking for in either your last role or the one prior to that. If your resume to getting too long truncate it.

4. Professional Photo:

Add a professional photo to your resume. When recruiters see a well-groomed, well presented person in a photo with smile they automatically want to read your resume.

Examples of good photos:

What do IT Recruiters look for in your resume?

Recruiters get dozens of resumes for each job opening, so they tend to decide within 60 seconds whether a resume goes in the “Yes” or “No” pile. By the way, this is what most employers do.
If they can’t see your skills and qualifications quickly and easily, your resume won’t pass.

Below are 7 essential things recruiters want to see in your resume when they are shortlisting.

1. Personal Details

  • Citizenship
  • Security Clearance
  • Availability
  • Current Location
  • Phone number/email address

Do not include information on marital status, age, gender as this is not relevant and may be used to discriminate.

2. Professional Summary/Overview

Summary of skills and qualifications that shows your credentials at a glance greatly increases your chance of landing in the “Yes” pile.

The summary can be written in bullet points (8-10) no more than 1.5 lines in length. Here are a few examples:

  • Arsh has 9 years’ experience as an Oracle apps Technical consultant and PL/SQL Developer
  • Extensive experience working with Agile and V Model methodologies
  • In depth understanding of business requirements, technical issues and people management in a supply chain environment whilst company X and company Y.

3. Current/Most Recent Role

The current or recent role should cover the below details:

  • Designation
  • Tenure
  • Company name
  • Description of company – one paragraph
  • Responsibilities
  • Your skills
  • Any achievements – a maximum of two should be listed

4. Professional Experience

The employment history should be covered thoroughly in descending order (latest job first). The role and responsibilities should be explained in short, powerful bullets that are easy to scan.

5. Education and Qualifications

Start with your highest qualification first. Example:

  • Tertiary education
  • Certifications
  • Additional Courses/Training

6. Explaining Gaps in Employment

You may have periods when you were not working/currently not working. This can be due to unemployment, maternity leave and other reasons. It is helpful for recruiters to see why you have not worked for a period of time.

Employers will always want to know and it is better to address upfront. This will improve your chances by answering the employers’ questions before they ask it.

7. Your Professional Social Media Links

Include your LinkedIn or any blogs etc.

If you are a Graphic/Web Designer include a link to your portfolio of works.

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Learn more – Resume Success Secrets by Kate Prior