How to tailor a tech resume

Two keys for getting your resume read.

By , ITworld |  

Today's tech resumes are not one-size-fits-all-jobs. If they are, they wind up deleted.

Yes, your skills and experience are the same, but depending on the type of job you're targeting, career experts say it's critical you rework your resume for each specific position.

Rule No. 1: Categorize your technology experience, don't just provide a laundry list of everything you know.

"Instead of having 30 or 40 technologies listed, break it down by software, or hardware, or languages, or applications, or networks or however you want to do it that makes sense for your particular industry," resume expert August Cohen tells U.S. News & World Report.

Yet if you're applying for a management job, your focus will obviously be different, he notes.

"For the CIO, CTO and higher-level technical resumes, they would be more strategic," Cohen adds. "There wouldn't be as much focus on technology because they would be leading people that were actually hands-on in the technology."

Regardless of the specific job, he says one rule applies across the board: resumes are "living documents" and have to be updated, rewritten and tailored on an ongoing basis.

"One of the biggest challenges job seekers have is that they write a resume that's like a job description, and what they really need to focus on is achievements and not just the duties and responsibilities," Cohen says.

via U.S. News & World Report

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