Be thorough but concise. A huge challenge for many IT professionals especially those with years of experience is sticking to the one-page rule. But most hiring managers today are flexible when it comes to the length of the resumes they review. In fact, nearly half (47 percent) of executives recently polled by our company prefer resumes that are two or three pages long, up from 26 percent a decade ago. For those applying for management-level positions, the figure is even higher: 92 percent of respondents prefer resumes that are more than one page.
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So, if youre having trouble deciding which certification or competency to omit from your document, consider including them both. Just be careful not to go overboard; if a skill or proficiency is irrelevant to the job, leave it off. Employers still want to see that applicants can prioritize information and concisely convey the depth of their experience.
Sweat the small stuff. Eighty-four percent of executives polled by our company said it takes just one or two typographical errors in a resume to remove a candidate from consideration for a job opening; 47 percent said a single typo can be the deciding factor. Because many IT jobs require a keen eye for detail, a seemingly trivial mistake can signal to a hiring manager you lack the precision required for the role. In addition to proofreading your document several times, ask a few close friends to review your resume before sending it out; they may spot problems your spell-check function missed.
Project the right image. Having a quirky e-mail address that you distribute to family and friends is fine, but you shouldnt ask potential employers to use it when contacting you. An address like Gamer4Life@example.com or CyborgSid@example.com, for instance, is not only unprofessional but may also reveal personal information that could cloud a hiring managers opinion of you.
Instead, create a separate account for professional purposes. Choose an address that is simple, obvious and easy to remember, such as your name or a variation of it. Along the same lines, dont include personal information such as your height or hobbies which some job seekers have been known to do. These details will take up valuable space that should be dedicated to your professional background. Putting together an outstanding resume is no easy task. But the time and effort you spend in creating an eye-catching and error-free document just might persuade a potential employer that youre the perfect candidate for the job.