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Top 11 resume tips from 2015

Sharon Florentine | Jan. 4, 2016
Over the last year, CIO.com's team of resume experts and career consultants have helped numerous IT professionals showcase their knowledge, experience and technical skills to help them land their dream IT jobs. Here are the top 11 resume tips from 2015.

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Over the last year, CIO.com's team of resume experts and career consultants have helped numerous IT professionals showcase their extensive knowledge, experience and technical skills, helping them land their dream jobs. From candidates looking to spruce up their plain vanilla resumes with some extra "spice" to one candidate who didn't have a formal resume at all, here are the top 11 resume tips from 2015.

1. Presentation dictates response

Even at the executive level, senior IT leaders often struggle to create a resume that reflects their skills, knowledge and experience and grabs a recruiter or hiring manager's attention. Making sure your resume reflects the type of experience and achievements expected of senior technology leaders or CIOs is challenging, says Stephen Van Vreede, personal brand strategist and job search agent for IT, Technical and STEM careers with ITTechExec and job search coach and employment blogger at NoddlePlace.

Van Vreede is also the co-author of the book, "Uncommon: Common Sense but Uncommon Knowledge from Today's Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals to Help You Lead an Extraordinary Life of Health, Wealth and Success." Here's how Van Vreede helped IT executive John Chavner carefully craft the "right" kind of professional presentation that would dictate the response he wanted -- to land a role as a senior IT executive.

2. Emphasize your X factor

After 17 years climbing the IT ladder at a major financial institution, Tatiana Shevchuk's position was eliminated, and she found herself with a mediocre resume that wasn't getting her the desired responses. Resume expert and career consultant Donald Burns of Executive Promotions, LLC streamlined her resume and uncovered that special something -- the 'X' factor -- to highlight her career progression, her extensive accomplishments and her value to potential employees to help her land her dream job.

3. Let your passion shine through

Buried beneath myriad details and a few stints in administrative positions was a killer IT resume -- it was up to resume expert Caitlin Sampson of Regal Resumes to help candidate Lori Parks uncover her potential and focus her resume so that recruiters and hiring managers could see her as she was, a diamond in the rough. By identifying Parks' true passion and highlighting her impressive achievements, Sampson was able to polish Parks' professional first impression.

4. Just the facts (and only the pertinent ones)

 

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