How to get your foot in the tech door
SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- Everyone can use a little help with their resume, especially if they're pursuing a career in a technical field. The following tips can help any professional optimize their resumes in order to nab that great gig.
Understand attention spans: People read resumes about halfway down the page before deciding if they're going to continue reading. Anything marketable about you should be in the top of the resume. Make it an appropriate length: The optimal length of the resume will depend on your experience. Be concise and try to fit your resume into 2 pages. General summaries bad, technical summaries good: Technical summaries are more helpful, because the first person reading your resume could be non-technical and only knowledgeable enough to look for keywords. Highlight accomplishments: The descriptions of your positions should be a mix of a broad overview and specific accomplishments.
Quality writing matters: The ideal resume should have a combination of short paragraphs and bullets - or even just bullets. Use action verbs: The most overused phrases on resumes are "responsible for" or "participated in". It's okay to use these terms once or twice, but it's much better to use something like "managed", "completed", "administered" and "developed". Be prepared with a versatile resume template: It's valuable to have more than one version of your resume. Develop a resume you feel comfortable with, and then make minor tweaks if necessary.