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It’s the season for moving from one thing to another. Newly minted IT grads, fresh to the tech job market, are keen to turn the page on this latest life chapter. But it’s an undeniably crowded catalogue, and so everybody needs to make sure their words rise to the top of the page.

And that’s a particular challenge if you don’t have much experience or many credentials to scribble onto it.

Fear not, fresh member of the job-seeking scene. Here are your top four best tips for putting together an IT-focused resume.


Write selectively. Well-crafted, efficient CVs are a rare breed in this world of verbosity. A crisp resume that communicates your attributes clearly and succinctly is considerably more appealing than a boastful bombast that rambles on endlessly.

Demonstrate applicable experience — even if you don’t have any. That means a would-be systems engineer with no professional hardware design expertise needs to dig deep and point to those elements of his background that called for the same skills this position does. Think project-management volunteer work and school assignments requiring advanced knowledge of current technologies and environments.

Offer lots of evidence of related experience. Expound abundantly on the technical skills you’ve amassed over the years, even if they’re not exactly the ones a particular position seeks. So if they’re looking for experience in OLAP technologies, say, but you’ve only worked with OLTP technologies, don’t leave your not-quite-spot-on qualifications unsaid.

Provide access to proof of your expertise. In other words, take care that all evidence of your social media presence includes professional-level data that support — and don’t contradict — the expertise to which you lay claim. A curious hiring rep who stumbles upon your personal blog will be delighted to find it filled with tales of your management of large-scale technically complex projects.

Applying for a job in the tech sector begins with the critical document of introduction that is your CV. A clean, smart record of your talents and experience is an excellent first page from your excellent next book.

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