How to Showcase your IT Skills on Your Resume

codingThese days, having IT skills has become more of a requisite than a simple flair to add to your resume. As such, people are beginning to realize the importance of communicating the IT skills they have to potential employers in hopes of landing the job.

But showing off those skills on your resume requires more than just listing them in the “skills” section. If you really want to make an impact, you’ll have to make sure you strategically place your IT skills throughout your resume.

So today we are going to show you how. Take a look below:

Avoid overloading your resume. If you are going out for a fairly hot position, then it should go without saying that you aren’t the only one applying for the job. Employers don’t have time to sift through all of the great skills you have in order to find the ones required for the position. Don’t make the mistake of overloading your resume. If the employer has to work hard to find out whether or not your are qualified, they will probably just move on to the next applicant, which makes the time and effort you put into applying for the job pointless.

Custom fit your resume to the employer. Try your best to tailor your resume to the position and company you are applying for. If you are going out for a web-developer position then try to focus on that. And, if the employer wants you to be proficient in java, then make sure you are highlighting all of the things you’ve done that are specific in java. Sure, it is great that you know your way around iOS, and we aren’t saying you cannot include it in your resume, but if the position doesn’t call for it, then be brief about the skill and focus more on what the skills the employer explicitly wants.

Use specific examples. Don’t simply list your positions and experience on your resume. Sure it seems like a great way to showcase your skills in a short and simple fashion, but if your resume reads like a grocery list then it won’t do much to catch the employer’s eye. Instead, focus on highlighting job experiences that relate to the position you are going out for and provide specific examples to back them.

Include a portfolio. It doesn’t get anymore specific than including a portfolio with specific examples of your work. Just make sure it is applicable to the position you are applying for. Also, if the company you previously worked for owns the rights to any of the projects you worked on, make sure you ask their permission before including the work in your portfolio.

Write with a sense of ownership. Even if you were not the leader on projects you worked on, you can still  highlight those projects in your resume. Simply put, don’t sell yourself short! Take a moment to think about how big of an impact your role made in developing the projects. Chances are, it is a lot bigger than you first realized; you have every right to put the projects you helped with down on your resume. And showcase them with a sense of ownership. Avoid simply stating the obvious like “part of the team that developed…” and focus on what you did specifically, and then how important it was to getting the project off the ground. In turn, employers will have a better idea of your specific skill sets, making it much easier on them when it comes to making their decision.

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