5 Tips to Round Out Your Tech Resume

Perfecting your resume is one of the most important parts of landing your ideal job. This is particularly true for people who are seeking employment in the tech industry. The five tips on this list are highly effective ways to impress prospective employers:

1. Have A Good Online Presence:

If you’re looking for a new job, it’s important to pay close attention to your online presence. If you haven’t started a blog or website yet, you should get one online right away. You can mention your blog or website to organizations that you apply to, and this is likely to improve your chances of landing a job. If you are applying to jobs in the tech sector, it’s expected that you will have a well-developed online presence. Please, ensure that there aren’t any technical flaws with it. Always be sure to take effective security precautions. All of these steps will show prospective employers that you know your way around building and hosting sites on the web.

In addition, your social media presence is also important. Especially if you will be handling social media within your new job responsibilities. While it’s important to be cautious not to post anything that could cast you in a negative light, you should take steps to showcase your talents to employers. If you have already created software or designed any other form of technology, it’s a good idea to talk about this on social media.

2. Tailor It To The Job You’re Applying To:

It’s essential that you know exactly what type of job you’re looking for in the tech sector prior to seeking employment. This will allow you to tailor your application accordingly. When you know what job you’re looking for, you’ll be able to mention experience that’s directly applicable to the job. It’s extremely important to avoid providing similar information to all the organizations that you apply to.

In addition, many employers use keywords to sift through resumes. This helps them to ensure that applicants are knowledgeable about the job they’re applying for. The keywords are chosen because they directly relate to the specific job they are trying to fill. It’s essential to include these keywords on your resume for it to be considered. If the keywords aren’t on there, there is a good chance that your resume could simply end up getting discarded. Do some simple Googling to identify a handful of keywords related to the job you are applying to.

In addition, it is important to be as familiar as possible with the specific company that you are applying to. You should research the company thoroughly online. This will allow you to tailor your application and accordingly. One area that’s of particular importance is the company’s culture. Make sure you know what the company is looking for as far as a culture fit. Companies are looking for candidates that not only meet the job requirements, but also are a good fit culturally.

3. Learn To Code:

Code is one of the most impressive skills you can know if you’re looking for a career change in the tech sector. Code can enhance any career from writing software to web design. Even if your end goal is not to land a job specifically writing code, basic HTML and CSS are great additions to any resume. Learning more in-depth skills such as Javascript or other scripting language basics can take your resume to the next level.

Self-education in code is certainly possible, but it takes some serious dedication and hard work. If you’re going to learn outside an organized curriculum, there are many online free resources to get you brushed up on the latest in code. If you are looking for a structure hands-on curriculum, bootcamps are a great solution.

4. List Plenty Of References When You Apply:

It is essential that you create a network of people you can leverage to give you credibility. This will allow you to list references that will enhance your chances of getting a job in the field. One great way to do build your network is to keep in touch with the professors, instructors, and other graduates from your schooling.

Furthermore, you should get involved with any tech meetups in your area. Most regions of the country have a tech meetup of some kind. Not only are these meetups an excellent way to get references, but they can help you gain skills that are useful in the tech sector. If you are unsure about the specific type of job that you want to get after graduation, tech meetups can help you to decide.

Social media can also be an effective networking tool if you know how to use it properly. If you are able to connect with successful people in your field through social media, they can make great references to include.

5. Think Accomplishments Over Duties

Work experience is a key component of your resume, but it should not feature a comprehensive list of all the jobs that you’ve held (especially if you’ve worked in the industry for years or had many jobs). List the most important positions that will show the hiring manager that you’re qualified for the new job. Provide the largest amount of detail for your current or most recent job (or the one that is most applicable to showing that you’re qualified for the new position). Be sure to list your accomplishments, rather than just job duties.

Again, think about what the hiring manager wants to see to convince him or her to call you in for next steps within the hiring process.

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