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So, you want to get a job in the IT field? Sure, you went to school, gained the knowledge, have the skills, but so does almost everyone else in the IT field. What is going to set you apart from every other candidate applying for the same job? We’re going to focus on your first point of communication with a hiring recruiter, your resume and cover letter.

The first step to finding a job in the IT field is going to be research. Research the companies, research the required skills, and most importantly research how to write the perfect resume. An important thing to know when writing your resume is that companies tend to use artificial intelligence to screen the resumes that flood in. Of course, some companies do not use this method, however you should be safe and learn how to avoid getting skipped by the system. To avoid getting your resume skipped, learn the keywords that the job is looking for and put them in your resume. To do this, you will want to look at the words that are in the job description. These are the keywords they enter into their artificial intelligence program and it will pick the resumes that fit those keywords. This will almost guarantee that your resume will get viewed by the hiring recruiter.

Now that you know how to get past the artificial intelligence program and get viewed by the hiring manager, your resume is now put in competition with everyone else’s resume. Employers only spend less than 10 seconds looking at your resume, so it’s important that it looks clean, organized, and displays all your information. If a hiring recruiter is confused or has questions about your resume, they’ll just skip to one that makes more sense to them. There are also 2 types of resumes that you can use to apply for an IT job which are technical or chronological. The difference between these two are that the technical resume lists your qualifications, skills, and education closer to the top. A chronological resume tends to start with your objective, past work experience, and then the skills and education are closer to the bottom. You can use either resume style, however with a technical resume format your important skills are listed closer to the top.

Once you get the style of your resume picked out, its time to start. I often use resume templates found on Microsoft word, however you can also pick one out that you can find online. There are also many resume builder websites you can use. I like to use website builders like www.livecareer.com because they will help you find key words or different ways of wording your sentence to better enhance it. This can appeal to the hiring manager because it can make a simple task sound more complex and important. Using a resume builder can sometimes cost you money. It can range from a 1 time free to purchase your finished resume, otherwise you can get a weekly/monthly access to your resume in case you would like to build more versions or update your resume if something changes. Purchasing a weekly/monthly subscription to one of these websites can be very helpful if you are in school or are in the process of changing jobs.

Another very important factor of your resume is a cover letter! A cover letter is much like your objective, it changes depending on the job you are applying to. A cover letter is like a letter that you write to the company explaining why they should hire you. It should be about a page in length, and it should follow rules much like writing a letter to a loved one. It will consist of a salutation, about 3 paragraphs for your body, and a closing paragraph. Before your salutation, you should also include the heading. The heading will be addressed to who will be reading your resume. Try to do research to find out who the hiring manager of the company you’re applying to is. After the heading will come your salutation, which will be “Dear (hiring manager),”. After your induction will start your 3-paragraph body. Your goal during the first paragraph is to get them hooked right away so that they will continue reading. In the second paragraph you will be explaining why you would be the perfect fit for the company. In the final paragraph, you’ll be explaining why the company is a perfect fit for you! After your 3-paragraph body you’ll want to write your closing statement along with your formal closing. In your closing statement you should encourage the hiring manager to call you to set up an interview time.

Hopefully after reading this article, you should be on your way to writing the perfect IT resume! Good luck and I hope this article helped!