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Career Watch: How IT can be influential

Jamie Eckle | May 20, 2014
Q&A: David Martin and Kathy Quinn

Other banks viewed technology as a tool to help them accomplish their core banking work of accepting, holding and distributing funds, many times through face-to-face interactions with customers. ING Direct viewed technology as a source of competitive advantage. So IT can be very influential and really drive a company's success.

— Jamie Eckle

Five Pointers for Resumes That Resonate

Some of the latest trends in resume writing are especially relevant for IT professionals. Suzana Simic, director of career development at the Computer Systems Institute, offers these five tips.

1. Create a video resume. Technology is ever-changing. Show your next employer that you are in the know.

2. Brand your talents. Link to an online portfolio of your professional achievements, your tech-related blogs or any posted writing samples.

3. Don't bury your certifications. IT professionals who not only know technology but also have the certifications to back that up should make sure prospective employers know about them.

4. Don't come off as a techie's techie. Employers may seek your tech skills, but they want soft skills to come along with them. Talk about how you have worked collaboratively and helped achieve company goals.

5. Showcase your achievements. A lot of resumes list skill after skill but don't give a sense of what the individual has done with them. Don't be shy about explaining how your expertise in technology has resulted in revenue gains or cost reductions.

 

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