Sunday, January 22, 2012

Information Technology Resume Tips

I wanted to write some tips for everyone trying to get a job in the Information Technology field. My Resume writing has been proven time and time again.

I was taught by a US Army consultant to help soldiers get a job when they get out. I took those basic writing skills and made them my own. No longer are we able to set our resume to one page. If you are like me I could fill a whole resume with just qualifications and certifications. This leaves job history, education, objective and anything else relevant out of it.

I use to work as a Technology Supervisor for an outsourced technology company. I have seen hundreds of resumes come across my desk. The ones that really stand out are the ones that are very relevant to the job I was hiring for. Take for example I am hiring for a Queue Technician 2. I want them to have certain skills needed to perform the task in their daily work. I would look for things like active directory experience, help desk experience, customer service skills, and maybe a A+ or MCP. So if you are interested in a Level 2 job make sure you find out what skills are needed. Design your resume around that. Make sure to include those qualifications and add everything else in also. The more you know the better.

Tip 1:
Always state your objective as the job title you are trying to get hired on. Do not put something generic like help desk technician. Type "Help Desk Technician Level II"

Tip 2:
Use a software area in your resume. Here is my example:

Software: MS Office, MS Server 2000/2003/2008, NT Server, MS Windows (2000, XP, Vista,7), Exchange 2003 and 2007, iMail, Active Sync, Blackberry Enterprise Server, Active Directory, Citrix, Needles, Client Profiles , Peachtree, Quickbooks, ACT, Symantec Backup Exec, SAV, Retrospect, Goldmine, iGoldmine, Salesforce, SQL, IIS, Calyx Point, TCP/IP, DNS, etc.

Tip 3:
Use a hardware area in your resume. Here is my example:

Hardware: HP, Dell, IBM, Compaq Workstations and Servers; Cisco firewalls, Cisco VPN, Watch guard firewalls, Sonicwall firewalls, Linksys routers, T1, VOIP, IBM Tape drives, Dell Tape drives, SCSI, SATA, RAID, TeraStation, CAT5, CAT6, T1, T3, Fiber, etc.

Basically you want to show that you know a wide range of skills and have demonstrated profiency in these areas. Brush up your skills on Anti Virus and Anti Spyware also. This is the newest and biggest thing I deal with daily. So volunteer to help your friends rid those computer with spyware. You will learn everything from doing something!

Gone are the days of a geek!! Computer fixers no longer can be that geeky guy that has no communication skills. A technician must be able to explain in normal terms what is going to a person that has no idea how a computer works. Stay tuned for my next article.

2 comments:

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