You have graduated form a technical training program, now what?Anyone who completes a technical certification or degree program needs to create a resume to start their new career. Let’s be honest, resume writing can be time consuming considering that your “perfect resume” will be judged by recruiters who see hundreds of them per day. Well, I have good news for you; creating a good resume is easier than you think. Here are some simple rules to make sure yours stands out.
Tips for creating a great resume:
- Use power words. Improved productivity, initiated a new gate process, increased customer satisfaction. What and how have you done to assist in the growth process of your previous employers?
- Quantify, quantify, quantify. Raised profits by 30%, helped improve quality of product by 20%. Employers are looking to for concrete results, how did you help your previous employer to make more money?
- Don’t forget to include your old and new technical skills. QA/QC Tools, Operating Systems, Languages such as HTML, XML, SQL, Databases, such as MS SQL Server, MySQL and Software MS Office 97/00/XP, MS Project, WinZip, Win RAR, Microsoft Office Suite, MS Access etc.
- Are you a team player? To highlight this make sure you have power words such as led, mentored, and collaborated. Being a team player will show your new boss that you are not only in it for the money, but you want to help him and your new coworkers grow together.
- Is your resume relevant to the job? Your first sentence in your “Summary of Qualifications” section should summary who you are, your industry, related experience, and how many years you’ve invested in your field of choice. Ex. Quality Assurance Analyst with five years’ experience in all phases of manual and automation testing.
- Keep it simple! Try to keep your job description to a maximum of 3 to 4 bullet points, making sure they correspond to the job description that you are applying for. Most recruiters don’t have the time to try to understand what was it you did exactly they just want to make sure that you have the skills the client is looking for.
Now that your resume is done what to do next ?
- Use social media, upload your resume to your LinkedIn profile.
- Attend tech events to meet people in your new field, it’s not only what you know but who you know so make as many connections as you can. Networking and getting yourself out in the community will help you get the right job for you.
- Write down five companies that you would like to work for and learn the software tools that they use. This will ensure the company you are applying for that you have done your homework and that you are the perfect candidate for the job.
Good luck in finding the tech job of your dreams.