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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.

David Thorburn-Gundlach's resume was fantastic -- 10 years ago. By today's standards, though, Thorburn-Gundlach may as well have been invisible, at least to the recruiters and hiring managers whose attention he was trying to attract. Resume expert Stephen Van Vreede of IT Tech Exec helped Thorburn-Gundlach remove the cloak of invisibility surrounding his exceptional IT career and focus on the pertinent facts that would catch the eye of a recruiter or hiring manager and land him an exceptional IT role.

5. Add flavor to a bland resume

Scott Kressner had a lot going for him -- solid resume formatting, a great mix of experience and technical knowledge, as well a lengthy stint at RUSH Enterprises during which he steadily rose through the ranks. But his resume was much too generic -- too plain vanilla -- to get him past an initial screening and on to the interviewing stages. Career expert Donald Burns of Executive Promotions, LLC stepped in to help Kressner whip up some "secret sauce" that helped add some flavor to his resume and spice up his job search.

6. Don't be afraid to use charts and graphs

A resume doesn't have to be a solid block of words and phrases -- adding charts and graphs can help demonstrate a candidate's value visually and is especially helpful in IT-adjacent areas like sales, marketing and project management. But if used improperly, they can immediately turn off a recruiter and hiring manager. Here, resume expert Jennifer Hay of IT Resume Services shows how it's done correctly.

7. Give yourself plenty of space

While a too-long resume can buy you a one-way ticket to the "rejected" pile, the same is true for a resume that's too short. Expert Caitlin Sampson of Regal Résumes helped Andrew Lomasky expand his resume to better highlight his extensive and impressive experience and help him land his dream job.

8. How to start from scratch

Malcolm Greene spent the last 25 years building a career as a successful IT consultant, moving from gig to gig based solely on referrals from satisfied clients and developing a reputation as the go-to guy for "impossible" IT problems. But when Greene decided to make a career change to pursue a role in the corporate C-suite, he faced a problem: He didn't have a resume to match his achievements. Resume expert and career coach Donald Burns helped Greene start from scratch to build a resume that worked.

 

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