The Winning Résumé for the Dallas IT Job Market

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017

The notion that “the résumé is passé” has been gaining momentum over the last couple of years. We beg to differ. Although you would be much better off using a CV (circum vitae), a résumé is still a valuable instrument.

Whereas the CV is a much more comprehensive document, which furnishes a more complete history of education, accomplishments, publications, and interests, the résumé is still well suited to new graduates and those with only modest achievements so far in their career.

Whichever you choose to use, build it thoughtfully. Remember: bland is banned.You don’t want to be like one of the innumerable, almost identical cogs, in a wind-up clock. Don’t be afraid to demonstrate a little personality in the document. If they wanted an automaton or a computer they could buy one of those—they want a person—don’t be a list of skills.

How to write a great Dallas IT résumé

Instead, after the rudiments of identifying yourself, you want to highlight your skills, abilities, and experience which tell them that you can do this job.  Each résumé must be customized for the specific audience. Presuming that you’re not a fool, as soon as you have found an interesting job, you began researching it online.

You’ve looked at different advertisements for that particular job; different requirements for different employers; preferred skill lists; and, finally, you’ve boiled it all down into the essence of the job.

Their description says (for example) Personal IT Research Assistant, along with their expectations. Your first paragraph of description had better say:

As personal IT research assistant for the CIO [name] of Big Company for the last two years…

…or whatever is your very best opening line. You have a very short amount of time to catch their attention. Now is not the time to be modest.

Cover Your Hard & Soft IT Skills

You’re going to list some hard skills like Data Security, Data Analysis, Mobile App Development, Programming, or Database Management. Tell them about the hard skills which you possess, but only those which are relevant to that job. They honestly don’t care if you had a GPA of 4.0 in Accounting if they’re looking for a Web Developer.

You’re going to tell them about your soft skills, too. When people say “duties included… ” it’s like committing employment suicide. That particular phrase almost always results in a résumé going directly into the trash.

You’re going to talk about how you look to collaborate and work on a team. You’re going to tell them how your decision-making skills and team building efforts increased productivity by 25% in the previous year; how your ability to plan and organize through enhanced communication convinced former clients to return and initiate new business.

You’re going to tell them about how you are a master of research, discovery, and innovation. You’re going to tell them that your greatest satisfaction comes from mentoring new employees to develop camaraderie and a sense of purpose.

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The Takeaway

Of course the foregoing only applies if it’s true. Do you know why you don’t lie on a résumé? Because when you do it gets wrinkled and then it looks sloppy. If you don’t tell the truth, however, you will be discovered, fired, blacklisted, and looking for work with a bad history following you around.

For more tips on how to improve your resume check out this short video. Then come back, drop us an e-mail, or give us a call, and we’ll see what we can do to get you a great IT job in Dallas!

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