How to Write an IT Resume

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION

Congratulations. By purchasing this guide, you’re already way ahead of most IT professionals. You’ve acknowledged that your resume is important and that, to get it where it needs to be, you need help.

I've reviewed thousands of resumes in my career and can safely say IT professionals have more to gain from resume advice than any other field. Most techies come to the resume game with a big disadvantage: they don’t write well, and they get little professional practice at it. Compare this to marketers, lawyers, reporters, and lots of others who get paid to write clearly, concisely, and correctly every day.

Yet techies also have a big advantage when it comes to resumes: their work is heavily project-based, and those projects usually require clearly-defined skills, clear goals, and clear results. This gives techies lots of unique, quantifiable achievements – the magical ingredient for resume success.

So the potential is high. The actual performance is low. What a great opportunity if you’re willing to learn how to create a professional-quality resume. In the huge stacks of resumes on hiring managers’ desks, you can leapfrog techies with years more experience – just by putting in a few hours with this guide.

Techies approach their work with a scientific mindset, and so this guide presents a scientific, step-by-step approach to resume writing. The parts of resume building that give techies the most trouble – like writing concise achievement statements and using clean formatting – are broken into multiple small steps. In total, the chapters that follow contain over 40 easy-to-follow steps that can be done in a weekend.

Here’s how we’re going to proceed. In chapter 2, we set the stage by quickly covering resume writing tips that any professional should follow. In chapters 3 through 6, we take you through a series of steps to get all of the necessary ingredients for your resume. Then, in chapters 7 through 9, we bring all those pieces together to create an A+ product.

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