Thursday, October 13, 2005

[itsdifferent] Top Ten Technical Resume Writing Tips

Hi friends,

Some tips for write/update resume...

·      List your technical knowledge first, in an organized way.
Your technical strengths must stand out clearly at the beginning of
your resume. Ultimately, your resume is going to be read by a
thoughtful human being, but before it gets to that point it often has
to be categorized by an administrative clerk, and make its way past
various sorts of key word searches. Therefore, you should list as
many directly relevant buzz words as you can which reflect your
knowledge and experience. List all operating systems and UNIX flavors
you know. List all programming languages and platforms with which
you're experienced. List all software you are skilled with. Make it
obvious at a glance where your strengths lie - whether the glance is
from a hiring manager, a clerk, or a machine.


·      List your qualifications in order of relevance, from most to
least. Only list your degree and educational qualifications first if
they are truly relevant to the job for which you are applying. If
you've already done what you want to do in a new job, by all means,
list it first, even if it wasn't your most recent job. Abandon any
strict adherence to a chronological ordering of your experience.


·      Quantify your experience wherever possible. Cite numerical
figures, such as monetary budgets/funds saved, time
periods/efficiency improved, lines of code written/debugged, numbers
of machines administered/fixed, etc. which demonstrate progress or
accomplishments due directly to your work.


·      Begin sentences with action verbs. Portray yourself as
someone who is active, uses their brain, and gets things done. Stick
with the past tense, even for descriptions of currently held
positions, to avoid confusion.


·      Don't sell yourself short. This is by far the biggest mistake
of all resumes, technical and otherwise. Your experiences are worthy
for review by hiring managers. Treat your resume as an advertisement
for you. Be sure to thoroughly "sell" yourself by highlighting all of
your strengths. If you've got a valuable asset which doesn't seem to
fit into any existing components of your resume, list it anyway as
its own resume segment.


·      Be concise. As a rule of thumb, resumes reflecting five years
or less experience should fit on one page. More extensive experience
can justify usage of a second page. Consider three pages (about 15
years or more experience) an absolute limit. Avoid lengthy
descriptions of whole projects of which you were only a part.
Consolidate action verbs where one task or responsibility encompasses
other tasks and duties. Minimize usage of articles (the, an, a) and
never use "I" or other pronouns to identify yourself.


·      Omit needless items. Leave all these things off your resume:
social security number, marital status, health, citizenship, age,
scholarships, irrelevant awards, irrelevant associations and
memberships, irrelevant publications, irrelevant recreational
activities, a second mailing address ("permanent address" is
confusing and never used), references, reference of references
("available upon request"), travel history, previous pay rates,
previous supervisor names, and components of your name which you
really never use (i.e. middle names).


·      Have a trusted friend review your resume. Be sure to pick
someone who is attentive to details, can effectively critique your
writing, and will give an honest and objective opinion. Seriously
consider their advice. Get a third and fourth opinion if you can.


·      Proofread, proofread, proofread. Be sure to catch all
spelling errors, grammatical weaknesses, unusual punctuation, and
inconsistent capitalizations. Proofread it numerous times over at
least two days to allow a fresh eye to catch any hidden mistakes.


·      Laser print it on plain, white paper. Handwriting, typing,
dot matrix printing, and even ink jet printing look pretty cheesy.
Stick with laser prints. Don't waste your money on special bond
paper, matching envelopes, or any color deviances away from plain
white. Your resume will be photocopied, faxed, and scanned numerous
times, defeating any special paper efforts, assuming your original
resume doesn't first end up in the circular file

Regards,

Ravindra Ghetia,
CMC Ltd.








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