At least once a day, I hear the old adage, “The resume needs to be held to one page.” I am not sure when this started to be a fashion, but in today's market, it’s just not true! Today it is all about the quality not quantity in a resume. Include details without being overly repetitive (anything you have experience with and nothing that you don’t). Another key is “that it’s all you”, meaning it shows YOU on paper.
Your resume is like a ticket into the game…once you get into the game (an interview), then you can shine. But, you need to get into the game first! It makes sense that you customize your resume to reflect the job that you are aiming for. Take the time to really know the client and position you are targeting, and, make sure that your resume says “pick me”!!
Scenario: Mr. Hiring Manager get 50-100 profiles on his job opening, sometimes that many per day. Your resume only gets about 10 seconds to hold his attention long enough for him to get to your experience details. Therefore, first thing, you need a killer summary statement. This should be about 5 or so sentences that encapsulates your total professional background as well as your professional character, succinct and not cliché.
For example: 7+ years of IT experience and gained expertise as a DevOps Engineer, experienced in automating, developing, configuring and deploying instances on AWS, Azure and Rackspace cloud environments. This includes Unix/Linux administration and transformed traditional environments to virtualized environments with AWS (EC2, EBS, ELB, S3), Kinesis, Redshift, Matillion, Load Balancing, Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Dockers, Vagrant, OpenStack – Nova, Neutron, Swift, Cinder, Glance, Horizon, savvis and VMware. Curious, courteous and motivated to solve world class problems with world class, leading edge technology. Online portfolio: www.imanawsrockstar.com
If you don’t have an online portfolio, now would be the time to set one up. Give samples of your code, of your business documents, of your design work, of your websites, links, whatever… Today we are a digital marketplace and people react to experiencing visual examples. Reality is, you want to do anything that makes you stand out. UI will make you stand out.
Resume section 2, a table of all of your technical skills. This should include areas of expertise such as: operating systems, storage/databases, software/languages, tools, hardware, certifications, methodologies, etc.
Resume section 3 is your detailed experience. This may be the most important section because it’s where you show your background match up. This should include the employer/client, the dates you were there, the title(s) that you held, then bullet point details of your responsibilities (here is where you would showcase the experience that matches the job target) and finally the environment you were in. The bullet points should be detailed enough to include the software involved, as well as, the actual tasks you were responsible for and what was accomplished. If the position included budgeting, then those details should be included here too.
The final resume section is your professional development, education and training details. This should include the “what, where, and when” that you have accomplished. Also, if you have patents, published articles, etc., these would go here too.
Hope these insights makes your job search a positive experience. If you want some coaching, reach out to a professional recruiter like me..!