Perfecting Your IT Resume

Writing a resume can be stressful. It needs to state the most basic and factual data about your education and your employment history, but it also needs to be able to convey your work ethic, personality and an idea of the kind of employee you would be. While trying to produce the perfect resume can be extremely anxiety inducing, the important thing to remember is that straightforward honesty and eloquence must be your starting points. There is no room to oversell or undersell yourself on the ideal resume. Think of it as an advertisement of yourself. Companies can not overstate the effectiveness or abilities of their product, and neither should you. However, in an advertisement, a company clearly conveys the benefit of the product and gives you a reason to be interested in it- this, too, is the goal of your resume.

Choosing The Right Type Of Resume For You

Many people who are preparing their first resume or looking to tailor an existing resume for an upcoming batch of job applications do not know that there are multiple types of resumes in existence. The nature of your experience and qualifications should determine what type of resume you choose to write. The most basic type of resume is a chronological resume. This resume type makes note of your employment history, listing the jobs that you have worked in reverse chronological order, with your current job or the last job at which you were employed topping the list. This also includes the time periods for which you were employed, allowing employers to see how long you typically hold a job and if you have had any gaps in employment.

For individuals who have several gaps in work history, are switching to a new career or simply has more scholastic and non job related experience than field experience, a functional resume is ideal. This resume type allows you to focus on your skill sets and any experience you have that would be helpful when working in a job in information technology. Finally, a combination resume is just what its name indicates- it is a resume which combines both your skill sets and relevant experience with your history of employment. In some cases, one of these versions is used as a targeted resume, which is specifically tailored to applying at one particular job.

What Not To Say On Your Resume

There are a number of things that can reduce the quality of your resume simply by their inclusion, and should therefore never be brought up. When writing about past jobs, a reason for leaving is often included- this should never include gripes about past bosses or coworkers. A simple, neutral and diplomatic reason is the only acceptable inclusion in this case. Additionally, job experience that has nothing to do with the position for which you are applying has little to no use. There is no need to list fast food gigs you had in high school or other irrelevant information. False information should obviously be avoided, as if an employer finds out about this after hiring you, you may be terminated immediately. Personal background information including sexual preference, religion and age are not relevant to a resume and should not be included.

Writing A Great Cover Letter

Finally, the first page of your resume is often the last that gets written- the cover letter. While writing a cover letter seems daunting, there are some simple tips that can make the process less intimidating and leave you feeling confident about what you have written. First, your cover letter does not need to be a novel. Keeping it short and sweet while reflecting your personality and work style is ideal. If you do not know who the resume is going to, it is not necessary to use a generic introduction. Repeating the contents of your resume will make your letter redundant and should be avoided. Finally, close the letter with a brief statement about how you feel your skill sets will make you an ideal employee for a position. A cover letter written in this fashion attracts attention and improves your chances of being hired.