Your past experience makes up the majority of your IT resume and demonstrates your qualifications for the job you want. As a result, you should tailor your experience for relevance to the role and impact on the organization.
Knowing which experience to include in your IT resume can be difficult. Following these guidelines can help.
Implement these tips to tailor the experience section of your IT resume for relevance and impact.
Customize Your Resume
Tailor your IT resume to each job you apply for. For instance, focus on the job duties, responsibilities, and qualifications listed in the job posting. Then, detail your relevant knowledge, skills, experience, and achievements in these areas.
Include relevant, quantifiable examples of how you provided value for an employer in previous roles. Show that you can provide similar value for your next employer.
Use Relevant Keywords
Include throughout your IT resume relevant keywords. These keywords might be used in the job posting or commonly referred to in your industry.
Using relevant keywords helps your resume get past an applicant tracking system (ATS) and to a hiring manager. Showing that you are a good match for the position encourages the manager to contact you for an interview.
Share Relevant Information
Where you are in your IT career impacts the details you might include in your Experience section. For instance, if you are just starting out, you should include any part-time IT jobs, contract work, temporary jobs, internships, and volunteer work you are engaged in. Conversely, if you are further along in your career, you should include the full-time IT jobs, contract work, and temporary jobs you have engaged in over the past 10 years.
Include Relevant Details
Ensure the information you share in your Experience section is relevant to your desired role. For instance, if you are targeting a software engineer position, you should include your current and previous engineering positions. Or, if you want to work as a programmer at a law firm, you could include your previous position as a paralegal.
Detail your main duties, responsibilities, and achievements for each position. Also, focus on your hard, soft, and transferrable skills.
Properly Format Your Resume
Include relevant headings for each section of your IT resume. For instance, you might select “Experience” or “Work Experience.”
If you choose a chronological format, list your jobs for the past 10 years in reverse chronological order in your Experience section. Include the following details:
- Job title
- Company name
- Employment dates (month and year)
- Job Duties
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