How to Make Your Tech Resume Stand Out to Management

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You want a successful career in the technology industry. At this point, you look poised to grow your career. But to take your tech career to the next level, you need to ensure your resume stands out to management. Because, if your resume impresses your managers, you can accelerate your career growth.

There are several things you can do to distinguish your tech resume to management. These include:

1. Tailor Your Tech Resume to the Job You Want to Land

Read a job description before you submit your resume. This allows you to determine if your skills, experience, and career aspirations match those associated with a particular job. From here, you can tailor your resume accordingly.

It often helps to incorporate terms and phrases included in a job description into your resume. This shows managers that you have reviewed a job description and have skills and experience that align with the role. It also makes it simple for managers to see why you are a viable candidate for a job with their company.

2. Showcase Your Hard and Soft Skills

Describe your hard and soft skills on your resume. The top tech companies want job candidates to possess software, hardware, and other hard skills, so they can perform a wide range of complex tasks. Furthermore, they demand candidates who have soft skills to ensure that these individuals can thrive both individually and as part of a team.

For example, if you are proficient in HTML, CSS, and other programming languages, include this information on your resume. Proficiency in myriad programming languages is a hard skill that top tech companies frequently demand. So, highlighting this skill on your resume can help you differentiate yourself from other job candidates.

Comparatively, it can be beneficial to highlight any leadership, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills on your resume. If you have these soft skills or similar ones, you can list them on your resume. Then, you can explain how you have utilized these skills if you are interviewed for a tech role.

3. Format Your Resume Properly

Do not overwhelm managers with too much information on your resume. Instead, keep your resume clear and concise. Verify that your resume highlights your relevant skills, work experience, and education. In addition, ensure that your resume is easy to read on a desktop or laptop computer, smartphone, or tablet.

How you format your resume can have far-flung effects on your ability to land your dream tech job. If your resume is confusing or difficult to read, managers may dismiss it immediately. On the other hand, if you use a reader-friendly format, you can verify that managers will have no trouble reviewing your resume at their convenience.

The Where:

Making your tech resume stand out is important, so when you’re adding your tech experience, it can be helpful to have a list of all of the tools you’ve used that is separate from your “experience” section, but what recruiters/ hiring managers want to know is exactly where you used those tools. A general list does not explain whether or not you used JavaScript at your most current role, or the role you were at five years ago. You could have both Cisco and Juniper routers listed… but it’s unclear which routers you used most recently. The recruiter may just pass on calling you because they have a tight deadline and it’s unclear if you have the recent experience they’re looking for- especially if ten other resumes are clear. 

The point is to make sure you are clear, not only with the technologies you have experience with, but to also list them under the employer in which you used them.  

The What:

When writing about your technical experience under the correct employer, be as clear as possible about what exactly you did with that technology. The recruiter or the hiring manager will make connections and judgments based on the information you give them… don’t confuse them on the lack thereof. Did you maintain and write new code for an internal application in Java? What exactly did you do with those Cisco switches? Did you build Jenkins pipelines from scratch? Think about what exactly you did hands-on with those technologies and list them. 

The How:

Think about pairing verbs with your tech;

Maintained, developed, implemented, configured, created, built, etc. This gives clarity to what you did exactly. 

Focus on what you did with the technology, not what your team did:

It’s ok to have a brief explanation of the goal of the project, but your resume is individual. The recruiter/ hiring manager wants to know about your specific contributions, not your entire team’s. 

Stay away from adding technologies on your resume that you didn’t use hands-on:

If the fluff isn’t obvious in the resume, it will be in a conversation.  If you worked in an environment (like Kubernetes), but didn’t actually touch it hands-on, you can outline that it was the environment you worked in, but don’t try to embellish. Listing every tech you’ve ever read about is a huge red flag and screams inexperienced, desperate, or unfocused to seasoned interviewers. Think about it this way; if it’s on your resume, you give the recruiter/ hiring manager full permission to ask you detailed questions about it. If you aren’t able to speak to it… don’t include it. 

These tips will help your tech resume stand out to tech recruiters and hiring managers. 

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