By making a few small improvements to your IT resume, you can increase the number of interviews several times. Just trust me: I see dozens of tech resumes every day and many of them lack just some minor upgrades to bring their owners more interviews and job offers.
These upgrades are:
- Focus on your recent projects. Your experience for the past 3-4 years is the most interesting for recruiters. Don’t describe older projects in detail.
- Enrich your resume with numbers and accomplishments. Instead of ‘Was building a web application with [X] and [Y], write ‘Led the development of [X] feature, integrated it across [Z] products, resulting in extra [Y] in revenue’.
- Avoid ‘false accomplishments’. These are your responsibilities, described in the past tense. Until you’ve shown an impact, it’s not meaningful.
- Include the relevant keywords. Read the vacancy carefully, and include in your resume all the necessary skills you possess. Recruiters will match your skills/title with their vacancies, as well as your experience within a particular domain (SaaS, eCommerce, fintech, etc).
- Establish and showcase an online presence. Your activity on GitHub, StackOverflow, HackerRank, etc. shows off your skills and increases your chances of being considered for a particular job. If you have some noteworthy profiles and links, include them in your resume.
- Don’t grade your skills in nebulous percentages and/or categories. Your potential employer will objectively evaluate your skills and knowledge during the technical interview or a test task. As for self-evaluation in a resume, it often leads to misunderstanding between a candidate and a recruiter.
- Check your resume for typos. Even the incorrect spelling of technologies like Jquery or Nginx make your resume look unprofessional.
- Omit the Summary and Objective sections. In 9 cases out of 10, summaries and objectives are not impressive. Instead of wasting time on creating the regular summary, I recommend omitting it.
- Use modern fonts. Forget about Comic Sans and similar fonts for good. Instead, try modern fonts like Palanquin, Merriweather, Lato, and Poppins.
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