The technology job market is hotter than it’s ever been in the Peach State. From cybersecurity to cloud computing, database management to UX, the possibilities are endless for Georgia’s techies. The catch? Thanks to Georgia Tech and other schools in our state, the IT talent pool is fierce.
At 3Ci, we review dozens of resumes every day. We’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here are our top five resume tips to help you stand out from the sea of of competition and land your dream tech job in Georgia.
Make it Appropriate Length
The optimal length of your resume should depend on your experience. If you only have one year of experience and a four-page resume, you’re in trouble. The same goes if you have ten years of experience and a one-page resume. As a general rule of thumb, be concise and do your best to fit your resume into three pages.
Ditch the General Summaries
As you’re creating or updating your resume, opt for technical summaries over general ones. Technical summaries are helpful because the first person reading your resume is probably going to be a non-technical HR professional or recruiter. It’s very likely that this person will only be looking for keywords (but don’t let that be your greenlight to include a laundry list of every technology you’ve ever heard about!). Hiring managers want to know what you’ve done specifically, so only highlight the technologies that you’ve been hands-on with.
Describe Your Best Work
For each position you’ve held, give a brief synopsis of your responsibilities and describe how your performance benefited the company. Professional accomplishments are most powerful when they’ve made a measurable impact, so do your best to include actual performance figures. Focus on your most impressive and applicable projects and accomplishments.To land a tech job in Georgia, you’ll need to bring your A game.
Create a Versatile Resume Template
It can be valuable to have more than one version of your resume. For example, if you’re applying to manager or individual contributor positions, you don’t want to scare someone off with a heavy manager resume for a contributor role (or vice versa). You also don’t need to drive yourself crazy by writing new resumes for every position that you apply for. Develop a solid resume template and make minor tweaks if necessary.
Keep Your Grammar In Check
No matter how technical the job you’re applying for, quality writing, grammar, and punctuation still matter. Long-winded paragraphs or bullets are mind numbing, but short, choppy sentences can appear overly simplistic. The ideal resume should have a combination of short paragraphs and bullets. Know that misspellings and grammatical errors will get your resume tossed into the trash heap.
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