Is your resume going to get you your next IT job? A good resume has these essential elements while telling your professional story of successful progression and responsibility. A good resume is also written and optimized for both applicant tracking systems (ATS) and human review.

6 IT Resume Must-Haves:

1. Personal Header With LinkedIn Profile Link

Make it easy for the hiring manager to contact you by including:

  • Full, legal name
  • Complete phone number | email address
  • LinkedIn profile
  • City and state

2. Professional Summary

Your professional summary section should be customized for each position you are applying for. This is where you list your current position, career and industry experience and overall success in accomplishing goals and objectives.

Adding an additional section for industry experience is beneficial to show a future employer you already know any nuances, regulations and compliance issues of their industry.

3. Skills List

In the technology industry, the skills section of your resume is critical. What programs, platforms, databases and coding tools are you comfortable with? Include an easy-to-locate list on your resume listing tools that are relevant to the position you are applying for. Read the job listing for specific skills and be sure to include these in your resume.

Here is an example of what a skills list should look like:

  • Expert: C#, C/C++, VB.NET, ASP.NET, HTML, CSS, SQL, REST, SOAP, Visual Studio, TFS
  • Intermediate: Java, J2EE, Spring, Hibernate, JDBC, Eclipse, Jenkins, Hudson
  • Learning: Python, Ruby on Rails

4. Certifications and Education

Always include your education and any industry-related certifications you have received. Unless you are a new graduate, education should be a brief listing at the end of your resume, with the name of the institutions, degrees and areas of study. Leave off your GPA, year of graduation and the fact you were class president. This isn’t a Facebook brag post, it’s a resume!

5. Use Assertive Action Verbs

Some of good examples are:

  • Increased
  • Maximized
  • Achieved
  • Deciphered
  • Spearheaded
  • Endeavored
  • Founded
  • Executed
  • Simplified
  • Negotiated
  • Leveraged
  • Diagnosed

6. Optimize for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)

As mentioned before, take note of the keywords that are used in the job description and incorporate them into your resume. Research the company and get an understanding of their tone and culture. Tailor your resume to match the corporate culture; for example, if you are applying to a startup, you want to highlight your entrepreneurial spirit and drive.

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