One of the first things you do when looking for a job is creating or updating your resume. It's a short document that tells the recruiter everything about you, that's the best way to grab their attention before the first call. Some thought should be put into the creation of your IT resume. If you want to be at the top of the recruiter's mind make sure to create a resume that shows what makes you unique, in this article we will tell you how!
Use the right format (1-2 A4 pages, not more)
Create a "Resume Summary" filled with statistics, skills and qualifications.
In "Work Experience" write about the most important responsibilities and achievements
Include the most relevant "IT Skills" and use keywords that can be used for filtering, remember to add soft skills too.
Show what kind of a person you are in "Hobbies & Interests"
Use the right format:
IT resumes shouldn't be more than two A4 pages long. When you are sending your resume for a job opening, and the position is not well defined yet, it might be useful to send up to three, but it's very rare in the IT industry. Resumes that go beyond these 2 pages are difficult to understand and force the recruiter to spend more time on reading them.
Some IT resume formats might be confusing and make it difficult to find the information you need. Avoid using unusual fonts, colors or graphics on IT resumes because they are not readable in many e-mail programs. You should also avoid including video files because some recruiters cannot open them. Keep your IT resume simple and concise. If you can keep all the relevant information on just 1 page, that's great, the recruiter will be happy to see such a resume.
Tip: Create your resume in a Word document and upload it in .doc/.docx format. This is the safest option because all resumes are uploaded to an ATS, and some of these systems cannot process PDFs or other formats!
Create a brief IT resume summary section
The resume summary section is the most important part of IT resumes. You should start with your strongest points and end by summarizing why you are qualified for the job. It's the first section that recruiters pay attention to, you should make sure that it's eye-catching and grabs their attention. Use those 2-4 sentences to show who you are professionally. Most often it's good to write the summary in the 3rd person that means:
"Java Developer with 8+ years of experience in the banking sector."
"I am a Java Developer that worked in the banking sector since 2013"
What to include in the IT Resume Summary Section?
- IT skills (e.g. Java, Python)
- IT certifications (certified by Oracle)
- IT project experience or successes that you are proud of (using your strongest points first!)
Tip: A great resume isn't everything that's needed to get hired, you also have to make a great impression. If you want to learn how to do that, read our article: How to make a great first impression
It's the second section that you can use to outshine your rivals, you can show the great companies that you've worked for and you can talk about your results. That's where you should include the greatest achievements, mention the relevant daily tasks, but keep in mind that it's about the value that you can bring to the company. Another thing that can make IT Resumes unique is a project summary or list of projects.
The key points to include are:
Tip: Don't list the boring tasks that you did, but if there was something that you are proud of, add it! (Also you don't have to include the things that you did as a teenager)
Having a degree in computer science is not a must, but it's good if you have it as some companies require it. The same goes for other degrees, you may be working on a project for the finance industry and a bachelor's degree in finance can be a huge asset for the project manager.
Be sure to mention any certifications you have and make those stand out as well (bullet points). You want employers to see that you know what they need for their IT department, so be specific with keywords or phrases related to the job description. If your thesis was related to the job, make sure to mention it too.
Keep this section in the same format as you did the "Work Experience" section, but change the headlines to:
Degree Type & Major
Thesis / Achievements
Tip: List your certification separately, in a table below "Education".
"Skills" is the table where you can prove that you are the person the company is looking for. You just have to highlight the right skills. It's best to look at the job description to check if you have what’s needed if you do add those nice keywords on the top.
The IT industry is in high demand, most often the recruiters or sourcers reach out to IT Specialists. But if the specialist has already prepared a good resume, then it's more likely that the company will hire them. It takes more than just listing your tech skills to make an outstanding IT resume that will get you noticed and hired by top companies worldwide.
We can see that the need for soft skills is rising, and more clients are asking about the attitude of engineers. If they are good at communicating with other people on the team if they have a problem-solving mindset and more. It doesn't matter what field you are in or where your IT career is headed, soft skills will always come in handy. The ones that are in the biggest demand are:
Attention to detail
Tip: To learn more about the soft skills to include in your IT resume, check our article - Top 12 soft skills to include in your IT CV
You can't go wrong in this section unless you make a typo. Pick the right place to add the relevant information, sometimes it fits best at the top, sometimes to the side, it's up to you. Make sure to add:
Address, with the country if you are applying to a global company
Email address - use a professional email
Tip: Use the prefix for your phone number ie. +48 for Poland
Hobbies & Interests
This section is a great chance to show off your personality. If you're not sure what to put here, think about the things that make you who you are - anything from cooking and traveling to spending time with family and friends or playing sports. If you are a football player and the captain of a team, mention that, it's proof that you know how to be a leader! The same goes for mountain climbing, it can mean that you are goal-oriented and persistent.
Tip: Keep it brief but personal, maybe you will find a common interest with the recruiter.
The IT industry offers a wide range of career opportunities and is growing every year. Every person should put some effort into creating their IT resume: it's up to you to make your resume stand out.
Got the tech skills? Team player? Goal-oriented? Your IT resume has a higher chance to grab the attention of the recruiter if all these qualities get highlighted on page one. If you're looking for IT jobs, make sure your IT resume stands out from the crowd! You can do this by following our tips in this article. I hope they were helpful to you - now go get that dream IT job!
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Resume Summary Example
Java Developer with 10+ years of proven experience in the finance sector. Maintained and optimized computer systems for the top 5 banks in Europe. Decreased loading times of systems by 40% and led a team of 12 engineers. Looking to work with Maxima Consulting to bring real value to more banking clients.
Work Experience Example