- Don’t include obsolete technologies unless strategically placed
- Don’t include irrelevant information
- Don’t include technologies you don’t really know, it can raise questions regarding the technologies you really do know
- Don’t include “no kidding” information
- Don’t feel required to list all your work experiences
- Don’t leave unexplained time gaps in your work experience, potential employers will think the worst, or at least ask for clarification if they like you
Next, there are some general tips that may be of value to you:
- After you have proofread your resume give it two other people to review
- Avoid negativity, it only hurts you
- Customize your resume to best meet each potential job opportunity
- Honesty is the best policy, false truths on your resume can destroy your professional reputation
- Don’t use slang words or expressions, the people reading it may not understand your meaning
- Your personal and professional social media profiles should be consistent with your resume content
In closing, even if you have great contacts and a great job, I suggest you keep your resume updated for two reasons. The first reason is if that once-in-a-life-time job shows up at your doorstep you will be ready to apply. A second and less obvious reason is that there is something about updating your resume that makes you sit back and think about your career at a macro level. This occasional introspection about your career goals and direction can help assure that you stay pointed in right direction toward your ultimate objectives.
If you have any questions about your career in IT, please email me at
eric@ManagerMechanics.com or find me on Twitter at @EricPBloom.
Until next time, work hard, work smart, and continue to grow.