Resume Tips

The Elements of the Technical Resume

Address Block:

At the head of your resume, put your full name, address, phone number, and email address.

Be sure your email address is readily identifiable as yours. While your friends may recognize you as “hotdog007”, it won’t make a good point of reference with HR. Set up an email account that includes your name.


Summary:

Objective statements are a thing of the past. Use this space to provide a bird’s eye view of your experience.

Include in your summary:

  • Number of years of experience or expertise
  • Field(s) of expertise or areas of skill
  • Industries worked in or preferred

This is your opportunity to whet the reader’s appetite for more. What makes you stand out from the pack?

Keep it short—just a few sentences.


Technical Skills:

Provide a listing of the technical skills and tools you use, particularly those pertinent to the position you’re applying for.

Use sub-headings to organize the tools. For example:

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Languages/Environments
  • Databases
  • Operating Systems
  • Web Tools
  • Mainframe Apps/Utilities
  • Etc.

Professional Experience:

List your employment history, with the most current position first.

Provide the company name, with city and state.

Include dates of employment (month/year).

Provide your title, and indicate if you were a full or part time employee or a consultant.

You may wish to include a brief description of the company or client.

Provide a brief description of your position. Don’t list your job duties. Rather, focus on key projects or outcomes.

If you were a consultant, identify the project and the objectives or deliverables.

Include the particular technical skills and tools you used while with the company.

If you have an extensive work history, only include the last 10 – 15 years.

If a job was not pertinent to one you’re currently applying for, include it on the resume to ensure there are no gaps in your history. However, you won’t need to provide additional information about your work there.


Education:

This section includes your academic education, professional education, and training courses, seminars or workshops.

Colleges or Universities – Provide the degree and major field of study. Include the school name, city, and state. Unless you are a new graduate, don’t include your grade point average, especially if it was below 3.0.

Technical Institutions – Provide the same information listed above.

Include all of your education, even if you did not complete the degree or certificate. You should clearly state that you did not complete the degree.

Training Courses, Bootcamps, Seminars, etc. – Provide the name of the course, the sponsoring entity, dates, and certificates.

You may be asked to provide copies of academic records, certificates of completion, or certifications. Make sure the information you provide on the resume matches the information on your records.


Other Notes:

Unless specifically stated in the job ad, you do not need to add any other information.

Do not provide references with your resume. Do not put the “references available on request” statement on your resume.


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