If you are a recent graduate looking for your first job in the IT field, you are working against a lot of competition. Because of this, the quality of your resume is extremely important. That’s a challenging task if you haven’t had much experience writing any type of resume, let alone an entry level IT resume. The good news is that you can relax a bit. We have 6 tips that you can use to help create a great resume.
Organize Your Skill Set by Category
Avoid simply listing your skill sets. Instead, divide them into categories such as Operating Systems, Tools, and Programming Languages. In many cases, the first person reviewing your resume may not be a technically savvy person. This gives them a better idea of what exactly your skills mean.
Use a Simple Headline Instead of an Objective or Personal Statement
With an IT entry level resume, simplicity is best. Don’t ramble on with an objective or personal statement. Instead, simply add a headline at the top of your resume indicating the position you desire. This way the HR professional or manager knows exactly what position you are interested in.
Create And Link to a Portfolio
Portfolios aren’t just for art students. If you’ve written apps, designed web pages, or done other work that can be found online, consider creating a simple one page website where all of these can be accessed in one spot. It’s a great way to show potential employers what you have done. Just be sure to check everything, before adding the link to your profile. You don’t want to send hiring managers to something that has been moved or is no longer functional.
Don’t Forget Your Soft Skills
Don’t assume that your lack of experience means that you don’t have transferable skills. If you have held any sort of job or volunteer position, chances are you have at least a few of the following skills that are valuable no matter where you work:
- The ability to meet deadlines
- Customer service skills
- The ability to work independently
- The ability to work as part of a team
- Communications skills
- The ability to prioritize tasks
Highlight these in your resume and you will increase your chances of a successful job search.
Format Your Education History Just Like Your Employment History
If you’ve been a student for the past few years, that has essentially been your job. So, format those entries exactly like you format your employment history. Your ‘job title’ is Computer Science Major (or something similar), your dates of employment are the dates you attended, and then your duties performed include what studied along with any important projects, research, and internships.
Use Keywords to Outsmart Applicant Tracking Software
Before you send out your resume for a particular job, go back to the wanted ad. Take a look at the words that really stand out. These will be the skills required, the degree level the employer desires, and the amount of experience. Make sure that these words appear in your resume, and that they stand out. This will help ensure that applicant tracking software will flag your resume for review by a human.