Technical Resume Formatting

The objective of your resume is to land an interview for the opportunity that you seek.  Your resume should give the Hiring Manager or Recruiter, a clear idea of your technical skills and professional experience and prove that you are qualified for the job. Not only is the information in your resume important, but the format is key.

When formatting your resume, keep in mind, it should flow and be easy to read. A great technical resume should include the following sections: Technical Summary, Technical Skills, Professional Experience and Education/Certifications (the order may vary depending on your experience). Within these sections, remember, a hiring manager or recruiter does not need to know about every job you have ever held, so leave out jobs that do not have any relevance.  With that being said, employers do not want to see a gap in employment so if you need to list a job that is not relevant, make sure to highlight accomplishments that are applicable to the job you desire. Also, it is not necessary to list your marital status, race, hobbies or salary history or expectations, keep that information out of a resume.

The first section of your resume should be a brief summary highlighting your skills and achievements, specifically areas that relate to the desired position. The next section should include your technical skills and expertise; try to put your most recent technologies first. Keep both the summary and technical skills on the first page as a hiring manager should be able to look at the first page and gain an understanding of your skill set and background.  The next section of your resume should include your professional experience.  Always list your employment history from your most recent position. Include the company, dates of employment, the position you held and your responsibilities and achievements. If you held multiple positions within the same company, list each position separately, this shows your growth with a company and that goes a long way. Under each one of your positions, use bullet points to identify your responsibilities. This will help tremendously with the flow of your resume.  Finally, include any education and certifications.   Remember stick to your technical skills and experiences that prove you are capable to do this job and do it well!

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