How to write a technical resume

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You must have read hundreds of articles on how to write a perfect resume or CV and may already know how difficult grabbing recruiters’ attention might be… 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 should absolutely avoid getting noticed for the wrong reasons. Here are the best 7 tactics to impress IT recruiters with a technical resume.

7 Tips to write a technical CV

1: Think like an IT recruiter

  • Consider the following:
    Recruiters typically spend less than ten seconds looking at a CV before deciding if the candidate is worthy of an interview.
    •   Around 75% of CVs 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 – until, of course, the standard chronological resumes. So you’ll need to choose carefully the format that best suits your current 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 way. Remember: a properly presented resume goes a long way in landing your dream job rather than a poorly presented one. Go for short, proper, concise, organised and rich content which, at the end of the day, works well in any industry.

3: Avoid clichés

  • No, copying from people’s resume 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 cover clearly all the key facts recruiters need 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 (provided you’re not Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory). This means that you should present facts in an interesting and fresh language that reflects well 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’s imperative to understand well what the requirements are. Take the time to prepare a CV targeted to that specific technical role once you have fully understood the business’ needs and the specific job requirements. Your resume must reflect your comprehensive knowledge about that specific job.

7: Add some interest

  • A resume which is too technical might well bore the recruiters, so try to add some kind of interest by showing them the other side of you. Include a section about your hobbies, favourite music and all the other things you love to do… and present it all in a nice form that makes a good impression.

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About The Author

Writer & recruiter

David Beck is a writer and a recruiter. After working as an IT consultant for over a decade, he gained comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the IT recruitment. He knows all latest trends in the recruitment industry and enjoys writing blogs about this topic.