Your resume is your ticket to a job interview. But if you’ve been applying for IT jobs like mad and you’re not booking any interviews, it might be time to examine your ticket. If your resume isn’t striking the right chords with hiring managers, you’ll keep spinning your wheels. There are a few common mistakes that a lot of IT job seekers make, and fortunately, they are easy to correct. If your search has stalled, follow these tips to avoid the resume mistakes that could be holding you back.
Limiting Your Resume Length
People new to the IT job market can get away with a resume that is one or two pages long, but if you’ve got a lot of experience under your belt, limiting your resume length can be a challenge. Your resume tells the story of your career journey and if you can’t limit that to one or two pages; don’t.
However, you don’t want to write a manuscript. The key to balancing everything is to include only the relevant information that hiring managers need to make a decision about interviewing you. Also take care to include the most relevant information on page one, since that is the page most often screened by resume scanning software.
Submitting The Same Resume For Every Position
If you send the same resume to every hiring manager, you’re shooting yourself in the foot. Each resume you send should be tailored to the position you’re applying for, highlighting your most relevant skills and experience for that particular job. Remember that you are trying to show hiring managers what’s in it for them by hiring you, and that means customizing each resume you send.
Sticking To A Chronological Order
If you want to paint a clear picture for hiring managers that you are the ideal person for the job, it pays to reorder your resume in terms of relevance rather than chronology. Creating a “relevant skills” category at the top of the page followed by a “relevant experience” section lets hiring managers scan your resume quickly to determine whether you’re a good match.
Not Focusing On Results
Many job seekers list tasks and responsibilities under their past experiences. Hiring managers can infer your responsibilities based on the job title. What they want to see is the value you brought to each position you’ve held, so they can assess whether you’ll be a good fit for their opening. Therefore, your previous experience should focus on results rather than responsibilities. Whenever possible, quantify your contributions and achievements with actual, verifiable numbers.
If you are an IT professional in the Boston area actively seeking exciting new career opportunities, contact the recruiters at Footbridge IT today. We can match you with positions that will allow you to use your skills and achieve your goals. And along the way, we can help you polish your resume and interviewing skills to make a great impression, every time.