Your IT Resume – 15 Basic Components

Your IT Resume is the story of your work experience and life experience. Your IT Resume should effectively present ALL of your career experience, education, training and most importantly your achievements in an easy to read quick-scan 3-column format.

There are many opinions passed around about how long a resume should be, the information that shouldn’t be put in the resume, how many years back you should go when including jobs and so on. A resume needs to include as much information about you as possible and with many keywords.

Length of Your IT Resume

How long should your resume be? How many pages? 1 page? 2 Pages? 1 or 2 pages seems to be a much-given recommendation that, as an IT Headhunter, I never, ever understood the reasoning behind.

The more years of training and experience that you have the longer your resume with become.

I recommend that you use a long detailed, CV-style resume for submission to job site databases and an Executive Summary version that contains the basic info.

The basic components of Your IT Resume are:

  1. Contact Information
  2. Social Media
  3. Languages Spoken
  4. Degrees, Diplomas, Certifications
  5. Education
  6. Professional/Technical Training
  7. Work Experience
  8. Work Experience – Part-Time
  9. Community & Volunteer Experience
  10. Sports
  11. Competitive & Team Sports
  12. Awards & Prizes
  13. Hobbies
  14. Travel
  15. Places Lived

1. Contact Information

  1. Your Name
  2. Email:
  3. Mobile: +1-nnn-xxx-xxxx or other country specific
  4. City/Town, Province/State, Country, Zip Code/Postal Code

2. Social Media

  1. LinkedIn: profile link
  2. other social media where you may have a portfolio

3. Languages Spoken

  1. English: spoken (Your proficiency level) written (Your proficiency level)
    – many people forget to include English when it is their mother tongue. It is a key word.
  2. A Language: spoken (Your proficiency level) written (Your proficiency level)

4. Degrees, Diplomas & Certifications

  1. Degree/Diploma/Certification – list all

6. Education

  1. Degree
  2. Institution
  3. City, State/Province, Country
  4. Dates attended – if not completed add “Partial” under dates
DegreeUNIVERSITY/COLLEGE/SCHOOL
City, State/Province, Country
mm/yyyy – mm/yyyy
Partial
DegreeUNIVERSITY/COLLEGE/SCHOOL
City, State/Province, Country
mm/yyyy – mm/yyyy

7. Professional/Technical Training

  1. Certification/Designation
  2. Institution
  3. City, State/Province, Country
  4. Dates attended – if not completed add “Partial” under dates

8. Work Experience

For each position provide the following:

  1. Position/Title
  2. Company/Organization
  3. Years
  4. City/Town, State/Province, Country
  5. What did your employer do? One sentence.
  6. How many employees in your location and in your work group.
  7. Title of your immediate supervisor.
  8. Your responsibilities
  9. Your achievements. Quantify as many as possible such as increased turn around time by 10%.
  10. Technical environment
Job TitleEMPLOYER
City, State/Province, Country
mm/yyyy – mm/yyyy
 Employer is blah blah blah 
 My group/team employing xx provided blah blah blah
Reported to: Title
Responsibilities:
Technical Environment:
Major Achievements:
 

8. Work Experience – Part-Time

For each position provide the following:

  1. Position/Title
  2. Company/Organization
  3. Years
  4. City/Town, State/Province, Country
  5. What did your employer do? One sentence.
  6. How many employees in your location and in your work group.
  7. Title of your immediate supervisor.
  8. Your responsibilities
  9. Your achievements. Quantify as many as possible such as increased turn around time by 10%.
  10. Technical environment
Job TitleEMPLOYER
City, State/Province, Country
mm/yyyy – mm/yyyy
 Employer is blah blah blah 
 My group/team employing xx provided blah blah blah
Reported to: Title
Responsibilities:
Technical Environment:
Major Achievements:
 

9. Community & Volunteer Experience

  1. Role/Title
  2. Organization
  3. City, State/Province, Country
  4. Years

10. Sports

  1. Sport name
  2. Years

11. Competitive & Team Sports

Playing on a team helps to develop many skills that are transferable to the workplace. It is also a way to connect with people who have played the same sport.

  1. Position
  2. Team Name
  3. City, State/Province, Country
  4. Years

12. Awards & Prizes

  1. Award/Prize
  2. Awarded by who?
  3. Why did you receive the award
  4. Year

13. Hobbies

  1. List all of your hobbies

14. Travel

We live in a multicultural world. We connect with people when we can talk about shared places that we have visited. More importantly a job opportunity may require that someone be familiar with other cultures.

  1. Country: citiy, city, city

15. Places Lived

  1. Country:
    City/Town, State/Province

In closing

Your IT Resume is your career life story and it should present all of your career experience – not just information technology experience, education, training and most importantly your achievements in an easy to read, quick scan format.

The length of your IT resume will be determined by your years of experience, not by an arbitrary one-page or two-page limit.

Richard Edward Ward

Copyright © 2006 – 2019 by Richard Edward Ward.

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