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6 Steps to a Superior Resume

Having an exceptional resume is a crucial step to success in the job search process. Resumes present a unique challenge, because they not only have to grab the attention of the recruiter and get him or her to read it, but they also need to present your skills and experience that are relevant to the job in a clear and concise way. If you are struggling to craft an effective resume, read on below for some tips for writing effective resumes, particularly in the IT industry, that will help you stand out from the pile of candidates, help you secure more interviews, and—in time—help you attain the job of your dreams!

Create an appealing Design
The first thing that your readers tend to notice about your resume is its overall look and format. Therefore, it is advisable to have a design that is visually appealing and will immediately grab attention, without being too informal.  Moreover, having a special, thoughtfully-designed layout will establish you as a professional who takes pride in his or her work. 

Proofread your Work

Similar to the above point about your resume’s format and design, it is also very important to proofread your content carefully. You’ll want to make sure it does not contain any spelling or grammar errors that will put off the person reading it. An error-free resume will present you as a detail-oriented individual.

Start off with a Summary
Another good idea is to include a paragraph right after you list your contact information that will summarise your strongest selling points, including past career accomplishments, your ability to use particular software, programming languages, databases, and more. This paragraph is also a great opportunity to highlight your professional objective(s).  In cases of jobs with a large number of applicants, this section might be all the recruiters have time to read, so it has to be written effectively enough to convince them you are right for the job in just a few brief words.

Focus on Accomplishments in your Career History
Make sure you keep the descriptions of your previously held positions around 3-4 bullet points per job. You want to clearly explain your responsibilities without going into excessive details, but on the other hand, you also don’t want to be too short or vague. It is important to find a balance between including essential information and avoiding being too wordy. Focus on your most relevant accomplishments and how your contribution to a past project or IT department benefited the company as a whole.

Prioritise your Education & Training
We suggest that you start the Education and Training section with your highest and most important qualifications. In most cases, you will start with your university education, followed by any training courses and certificates that are related to the job you are applying to; generally, you should leave out secondary school education.

Make your Resume Relevant
Throughout your resume, it is vital to keep the job description in mind and tailor your resume to that description. One useful tip is to customise your Summary section, focusing on the skills you possess that make you the best candidate for the job. Prioritise the Skills section based on the specific requirements in the job description, so when the recruiter is scanning your resume, he or she will see your most relevant skills immediately. Also, the recruitment process might start even before your resume ends up in someone’s hands, because many companies today use resume-scanning software that sifts through the applications and ranks the most relevant ones based on keywords found in the resume.  So be sure to intersperse keywords from the job description throughout your resume—but make sure you do so in a way that does not seem forced or over the top!

If you follow the advice included above, you should be well on your way to crafting a resume that reflects your own unique set of education, experience, talents, and objectives. However, if you are still feeling stuck, we are here for you and happy to help!

Book a free IT resume consultation with us today! Email us at help@itfutures.edu.au for more information.