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How millennial tech grads should tailor their resumes

Sarah K. White | June 3, 2016
If you've just graduated from college and are looking to land a job in IT, here are four emerging trends you'll want to highlight for prospective employers.

You’ve recently graduated and now it’s time to start applying to jobs -- but what skills and experience should you highlight on your resume? To help you decide, CompTIA released the results of its 2016 IT Industry Outlook report, which surveyed 673 IT industry companies in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and found that millennials have certain skills businesses are clamoring for in the coming year.

“Recent grads have grown up in an age of evolving technologies, particularly the Internet Age. They’ve not only developed a unique way of problem solving and critical thinking, but they are also acutely aware of new technologies that may increase operational efficiency in a business,” says Gene Richardson, COO of Experts Exchanges.

Take advantage of the millennial edge

Millennials are quickly becoming the largest generation in the workforce as baby boomers hit retirement age. “The composition of the workforce is changing, and changing fast. In 2012 Baby Boomers accounted for 44 percent of the total workforce; Gen X, 21 percent; and millennials, 35 percent. By 2022, Millennials will make up the majority of the workforce at 52 percent, followed by Baby Boomers at 26 percent and Gen Xers at 19 percent,” says Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA.

That’s great news for the bulk of recent graduates, who typically fall into the millennial category -- and for all the bad press this age group gets, it turns out your generation might also give you a leg up in hiring. That’s because millennials are considered “digital natives,” meaning, they’ve grown up with technology for most of their lives, and are assumed to have a deeper, more inherent understanding of how it works.

Ultimately, what the data suggests is that your millennial status will help, rather than hurt, your chances of getting hired for technological jobs. Especially when it comes to roles where you’ll need to have a thumb on the pulse of emerging technology. Whether you’re skilled in security, analytics, hardware or software, you’ll want to emphasize the fact that you have an eye on what’s coming down the road, and how businesses should prepare for new technology, according to the study.

Born for digital transformation

Companies are recognizing digital transformation takes more than just technological knowledge. It requires a fundamental understanding of emerging tech, business acumen and agility. “Just as the approach to technology has dual parts of operations and strategy, workers need a dual set of kills. Both technical skills and business skills are needed to turn a company’s vision into reality through technology,” says Thibodaux.

What that means for recent graduates is that you’ll want to emphasize all of your experience with technology, but highlight your “soft skills” as well.


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