You must have read hundreds of articles on how to write a perfect resume or CV and may already know how difficult it is to grab a recruiter’s attention… well, in this blog, you’ll learn how to take your technical resume to the next level in order to impress the best IT recruiters out there.
This ever-growing candidate competition has made the hiring of an IT specialist a lot more challenging than before, and you can’t just get noticed for the wrong reasons. Here are some top tactics to impress an IT recruiter with a technical resume.
1: Think like an IT recruiter
Consider the following:
• Recruiters spend less than ten seconds looking at a resume before deciding if the candidate is worthy of an interview.
• Around 75% of resumes are discarded for unprofessional email addresses.
• Recruiters spend most of their resume review time checking out the name, current company/title and past titles/companies.
There are hundreds, if not thousands of ways to prepare a CV, and recruiters may have already seen almost every type of them, from infographic CVs to video CVs and, of course, the standard chronological resumes. So you need to choose carefully the format that best suits your situation and purpose.
2: Be concise & organised
Keep it simple and short and avoid using endless prose without paragraph breaks, and it would be better if you can keep your CV on a single page. Appearance and structure are crucial, too, so make sure you highlight your strengths and skills in the appropriate form. Remember: a properly presented resume goes a long way in landing the dream job than a poorly presented one. Go for short, proper, concise, organised and rich content which is preferred in every area of employment.
3: Avoid clichés
No, copying from others’ resumes is definitely not the easiest and quickest way to go: avoid clichés and show that you can think out-of-the-box by coming up with new words.
4: Facts matter
Whether you have 10 years of experience working for top companies or some amazing skills, you should always meet certain factual criteria. Your CV should clearly cover all the key facts a recruiter needs to know, which may be, for example, the number of people you have managed or the budgets you have controlled.
5: Show a little bit of personality
Showing your personality doesn’t mean that you should stray from facts. This means you should present facts in an interesting and fresh language that clearly reflects who you are. This is the only way you can completely stand out from all the other “result-oriented, dynamic team players”.
6: Learn how to read a job description
While applying for a job, it is imperative to understand well what the demands are. So, take your time and prepare a CV oriented to the specific role once you have fully understood the business’ needs and specific job requirements. Your resume must reflect your comprehensive knowledge about that specific job.
7: Add some interest
A CV which is too technical might well bore the recruiter, so try to add some interest by showing the other side of you. Include a section about your hobbies or the other things you love to do, and present it all in a nice form that makes a good impression.