The only problem with this role is when they start seeking other employment. Then, they’ll often be among dozens, maybe even hundreds, of other minor deities, who likely have similar skills, backgrounds and reputations. Many recruiters, front-line HR employees or even automated resume scanners may start the screening simply by looking at every candidate’s IT resume. If something is found lacking, the candidate won’t advance any further, no matter how strong they think their skills are.
So the key, of course, is to show how exceptional he or she is on paper, at least when compared to other candidates, and make sure that their info is at least seen by a human. Try these strategies to punch up your credentials.
The right keywords. Automated screeners are designed to reduce the pile of applications that may come in for any position into something manageable, and the first step is weeding out the ones that lack these required skills even before a human takes a look. This can include operating systems, languages, hardware or other software. The full listing of an open position may give an idea of what specific words are included in the screening, so you can make sure these are inserted in your IT resume or cover letter.
Keep it short. Someone who has worked in IT for years may have an impressive background or a resume that keeps on growing with various contract jobs. But a busy HR employee may not have time to read everything or may not understand the significance of some. Unless a prospective employer requests more, try to keep everything on one easy-to-skim page. Some of these other accomplishments could be shared later in the hiring process.
Current certifications. Keeping up with operating systems and processes like the data cloud can sometimes be a challenge especially if you’re more familiar with older systems. But people coming into the workforce recently from schools will have newer knowledge, which may also be higher in demand as more companies upgrade. Luckily, training can easily be found online through employment sites like GreyMatters. A current employer may even pay for some of all of this training. It’s still useful to have proficiency with older languages and process though, since the newer candidates may not have this foundation. Being well-rounded is useful but sometimes employers may only want newer skills.
Creating a perfect IT resume can be a challenge, especially since so many people in this industry have common skills. But the more memorable candidates find ways to get theirs noticed.