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Resume:

Writing a professional Information Technology resume requires attention to the element and a careful accounting of the skills, technical abilities, and software knowledge. Due to the highly technical nature of IT jobs, hiring managers will want to know all skills, abilities, and technical and software knowledge you’ve accrued during your education and professional experiences.

A resume needs to be professional and graceful because if not, the application materials probably won’t get a second peek from any hiring manager. An unprofessional resume one that is problematic to read, unclear, covered in errors, or unconnected to the job that you are applying for. Will get tossed in the trash right away. Hiring managers often get tons, hundreds, a lot of applicants for each job. An unprofessional resume makes you look unprofessional as a job pursuer and will cost you a possible interview.

Messy resumes that are riddled with typos will be ignored and resumes that are inconsistent bullets in some places, dashes in others, bold in some headings, plain text in others may not get a second look either. For a resume to be effective, it needs to be consistent, summarizing, clear and easy to read. Avoid tiny fonts, dense blocks of text, vague language or excessive nonsense, and inconsistent formatting.

There are quite a few basic types of resumes used to apply for job openings. Depending on your personal settings, choose a chronological, functional, combination, or a targeted resume. Taking the time to choose the best type of resume for the situation is well worth the effort. The resume should be easy to read. You want the hiring manager/hiring team to easily read and captivate your work history and accomplishments. Use a legible font like Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri. Make sure the font is not too big or too small, the size should be between 10 and 12. Also, make sure that there is enough white space on the sheet to make it easy to scan. Avoid dense blocks of text and use standard margins. Use white or cream color paper if you are sending a physical resume, colored paper can be very distracting.

Professional resumes need to have consistent formatting. For example, if you use bullet points to describe your everyday jobs and/or achievements in one position, be sure to use bullet points in all other positions as well. Make certain that the bullet points are formatted the same way throughout. For instance, don’t use circle bullet points in one section, and diamond bullet points in another section. Be steady with a font, font size, and style such as the use of bold and italics.

It’s important not to include unnecessary information. More is not automatically better. the resume should focus on the skills and attributes that qualify you for the job. It will be helpful to leave out anything that won’t benefit you to get the job that you are looking for.

A resume shouldn’t be several pages long for the normal job seeker, a one-page resume is probably enough or two pages at maximum. Updating the resume will also up your chances of getting it noticed by the hiring team.

Spelling and grammar errors are important, it can make an applicant seem careless to details. Review proofing guidelines to ensure that the resume is consistent and error-free. Then double check it again. Try to find someone else to look at it too, because it’s so easy to miss your own mistakes.

Writing a resume is hard work and it’s very important to get help, or at least have the resume reviewed before sending it to employers. Consider using a career counselor or other professional resume service to help you make sure your resume is professional and refined. Use a resume checklist to make sure you have included all related information in your resume. Avoid common mistakes on your resume and use writing approaches that lead to success in resume reviews.

Sample:

it-155- simple resume

 

Cover Letter

Without a cover letter, you are relying only on your resume to make a big enough impact that the hiring team/manager will call you back for an interview. From representative your communication skills to keeping the follow-up ball in your court, a cover letter can support your application and increase your chances of landing an interview. It tells the company who you are and why they need you. Yes, the professional summary on your resume also does this, but only in few words. In the form of the letter, you have the room to intricate on your experiences and interest in the spot. Resumes have strict formulas with bullet points and short, uneven statements. But a cover letter allows you to write more smoothly. Since employers like to see that you can communicate well in writing, a good cover letter puts the right foot advancing from the get-go.

 A cover letter lets you highlight your strengths. The resume lists your work histories and the important accomplishments you have achieved in your most recent positions. But when you’re constrained to one page you may be forced to disadvantage some details in favor of length. In the cover letter, you can go more into details and draw attention to a few remarkable skills from your resume. It also helps start to determine your character, which is frequently even more important than your qualifications.

It displays that you are serious about the chance. One of the major complaints recruiters and managers have when they are vigorously looking for a new hire is the applicants’ failure to provide a cover letter. When you apply for a job by simply submitting your resume and nothing more, the hiring manager could take this as a lazy move on your part. If two equally qualified applicants apply, you don’t want to be the one who doesn’t have a cover letter.

 

Sample: 

it-155-simple cover letter