Are you looking into getting a job in tech in 2023?
This article will show you how to create a job-winning resume, as there are some things you should keep in mind.
Write A Resume That Appeals To Recruiters
When writing a resume for the tech industry, make sure it stands out from the crowd.
Your resume should be refreshed often and up to date with the latest trends and technologies. It should be easy to read, understand, and error-free.
Remember that the average recruiter only spends 6 seconds reading a resume.
That means you must ensure it passes the applicant tracking system's algorithms.
What Are Applicant Tracking Systems (ATSs)?
Applicant tracking systems (ATS) are software programs that make the application process more efficient for both applicants and companies.[Coursera]
What helps you get through an ATS is to read the job descriptions of the role you're applying for, and tailor your CV accordingly.
Using different fonts and styles, you can make your resume more creative.
The most recommended font styles for a resume are:
- Times New Roman
Fonts size between 10 and 12 is usually suitable.
A recruiter only reads the top half of your resume. Therefore formatting your resume accordingly helps. Using white spaces, bullet points, and bolding can help you stand out from the competition.
Robust and professional language is another way to make your resume stand out from the rest.
A well-written resume is one or two pages long and should include five primary sections (ideally in the following order):
- Contact information (email and phone number).
- Summary objective (also known as “professional statement”).
- Skills: digital skills (any technologies/tools you've used) and soft skills (such as communication, leadership, etc.).
- Work experience (any internships, placement, etc.).
- Education (college/university education).
Adding hobbies and interests can be valuable but not mandatory.
Include Relevant Experience
When creating a resume for a job in the tech industry, your work experience section should focus on your most relevant experiences.
Discuss what you achieved in each role. If possible, include data and statistics that demonstrate your performance. Including these will help hiring managers acknowledge how much value you added to a company.
An example could be:
"I implemented X feature that saved the company Y amount of money."
Related: 5 Ways To Get In The Tech Industry
Avoid Spelling And Grammatical Errors
Grammatical and spelling errors signal poor writing and a lack of care towards the reader.
Spelling and grammatical errors are the two greatest mistakes job seekers make, and one misspelt letter can send a hiring manager straight to the next candidate. It is vital to proofread your resume before you send your resume.
Optimize Your Resume
ATSs screen out applications faster, but a properly-optimized resume can pass the screening.
This means incorporating keywords that are relevant to the position to make it more appealing to read.
Spell your name correctly and include a professional email address and an active phone number. Also, make sure you have an accurate location. Include a URL to your LinkedIn profile, GitHub, blog and YouTube channel.
Besides ensuring that your resume is well-organized, it should highlight your most important skills and accomplishments.
Bullet points should contain words such as built, implemented, and optimized. When writing bullet points, make sure to quantify the results.
It is important to remember that your resume is a key component in your job search.
Following the latest trends and including the most relevant information can increase your chances of being hired.
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