The information technology sector is data-driven; the industry looks for the most accurate data in the most effective format. There are some beautiful resumes out there, however substance is more important than aesthetics. Follow our tips and tricks to put your resume ahead of the pack.

Choose a Basic Font

Use a basic font that is easy to read, both for hiring managers and for online applicant tracking systems.

Include Your Contact Information

It’s important to include your contact information on your resume so employers can easily get in touch with you.

Identify Accomplishments

At the beginning write a line or two describing your job and then mention a list of accomplishments. They should be specific, data-driven, and tangible to show the employer you can complete their desired tasks in the job description. Accomplishments should be unique to you and not the outcome of someone else’s efforts.

Include Keywords

TECIES should know that many employers (including us) utilize keyword software to filter resumes. Your resume should include the same keywords that appear in job descriptions. This will increase your chances of your resume being chosen for the next steps. Include keywords in your cover letter.

Write a Custom Resume

It definitely takes more time to write a custom resume, but it’s worth the effort, especially when applying for jobs that are a perfect match for your qualifications and experience. Employers will be able to clearly see that you took the time to provide them with a custom resume. Use a resume template as a starting point then customize it with your information so it highlights your skills and abilities in the best way possible

Tweak for Technology

Don’t forget the industry you’re applying to work in. Going hand in hand with customizing your resume, be sure to show the company your experience and interest in technology. To lead in this competitive world, job seekers need to make sure that their resumes stand out from the pack by being selected by the online applicant tracking systems. This shows, in a professional way, that the applicant has taken the time and interest to pursue a specific job opening.

Follow Instructions

It’s important to follow the employer’s instructions on how to submit your cover letter and resume. The employer may want your resume attached to the email message and sent in a specific format, typically as a Word document or a PDF. They may ask for something specific to include, be sure to thoroughly read and follow the guidelines of how to apply for a position.

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