Take the generic technology resume advice you keep hearing (even here) and set it aside for a second. Those regular tips you hear are valuable, but so are the not-so-common pieces of information that you can find from some job search experts. In our regular quest for knowledge to share with the IT contracting community, we recently came across new resume tips and want to make sure our readers know them too…
Some Lesser-Known Resume Tips
Glassdoor published an article with 10 resume tips you probably haven’t thought of. While not all are relevant to an IT contractor and there are even a couple we do not necessarily recommend, this list does help a job seeker get into a different frame of mind:
- Only Include Your Address If It Works in Your Favour
(our advice: if you have to lie or hide something, you probably shouldn’t apply)
- Be a Name Dropper
- Utilize Your Performance Reviews
(or for a contractor, include references and testimonials)
- Don’t Go Overboard with Keywords
(PLEASE consider this point strongly)
- Use Common-Sense Email Etiquette
- When It Comes to Skills, Quality over Quantity
- Choose to Share Social Accounts Strategically
- Use Hobbies to Your Advantage
(our advice: hobbies are less interesting to a client hiring a contractor, compared to an employee looking for a permanent team member)
- Skip Generic Descriptors
- Keep an Accomplishment Journal
Flip-Flopping on the Objective Statement
Speaking of uncommon resume advice, although we’ve noted independent contractors need not include an objective statement on their resume, Pop! Your Career believes there are times it can help. According to their recent post, they say an objective statement is useful if you are:
- Changing your career direction
- Joining the Workforce
- Returning to the Workforce
- Looking for different type of work
- Changing locations
In summary for an IT contractor, we stand by the fact that the objective statement isn’t helpful for the seasoned technology professional who regularly works with the same recruiters, if, however, you’re making any sort of change, its worth highlighting it at the top of your resume.
A Winning Resume-Writing Formula from Amazon
Over the summer, Business Insider interviewed a recruiter from one of the top IT companies in the world, and a place where thousands of technology professionals aspire to work — Amazon. In the resulting article, recruiting manager Celeste Joy Diaz provides a winning formula to use when writing your resume. Instead of a laundry list of tasks and skills, she says that every project should start with this phrase: I created a solve for X amount of customers and it saved X amount of money, using X skill.
What do the x’s represent in Diaz’s phrase? Data. Rather than bunch of fluff, centralizing your resume around this phrase ensures that you’re providing quantitative measures that show recruiters and hiring managers exactly what you accomplished.
What other outside-of-the-box resume advice can you provide? Please share your tips and tricks in the comments below. If you have a great source or article, please let us know. We love learning new things so we can pass them along.