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Writing a professional tech resume seems simple enough, but there’s an art to writing a great one. To improve your own resume and make landing the interviews you want easier, check your resume against these common mistakes.
Stretching the truth.
With tech employers getting pickier about exactly what sort of technical skills they need, it may be tempting to exaggerate some of the details on your resume. But it almost never pays off in the long run. The truth is, tech recruiters do their research – and often discover these stretches. And even when they don’t, if you get the job, your new company will likely realize that how you came across on paper is inconsistent with how you perform on the job. It’s better to exceed expectations than to disappoint, so just be honest from the get-go – starting with your resume.
Not being specific enough.
While it’s important to be honest on your resume, it’s also important to give yourself credit where credit is due. And that means replacing vague, meaningless language with impactful, specific actions. For example, instead of just saying you “created software,” include the type of software, your exact role, and the result of your efforts.
Skipping your results.
Don’t just list your projects and job responsibilities. Explain the impact you had on your organization. After all, this is the bottom line of what any hiring manager really wants to know – how you will impact their organization.
Forgetting about keywords.
If your skills are in engineering, information technology, or finance or accounting, don’t forget to include more specific keywords, that speak to exactly to your expertise and skill set, in the body of your resume. Recruiters scan for these words in order to find the perfect fit for each available job – and so do programs created to sort through digital resumes. Make sure yours doesn’t get lost, just because you weren’t specific enough about your technical skills.
Setting the wrong tone.
Be professional in tone. Always. That means forget trying to be funny – it’s difficult to pull off and can come across as silly, and not in a good way. So just convey the facts succinctly, cordially, and effectively. If you’ve done that, you’ll eventually end up on the desk of the hiring manager, for a company where you’ll be a great fit.
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If you’re tempted to trade your full-time tech job for the freelance lifestyle, you’re going to have to do a little marketing, too – of yourself. Don’t let that thought overwhelm or dissuade you, though. As a tech pro, your skills are already in demand. All you need is a simple strategy to keep a steady cash flow, and you’ll do great. These three tips will help you succeed, should you decide to strike out on your own.
1. Always be looking.
Keep your online portfolio up-to-date. Indicate on social media when you’re available. Keep your ears out, and keep others in the loop so they can keep their ears out for you too. Essentially, you need to always be searching. It isn’t as much of a hustle as it may seem though. With time, being in job hunting mode will be second nature. And it will keep you busy with plenty of freelance work.
2. Build your online presence.
Establishing and growing an online presence are part of the “always looking” mentality. But thinking outside the usual LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter will help you tremendously. For example, answering questions on tech forums like Quora and Stack Exchange will draw business from people who find your answers intelligent and thorough. Blogging presents opportunities to get your name out there, as well as demonstrate your knowledge and skills. Those are just a couple of outlets that that offer a great ROI on your time, beyond the bare minimum social media profiles – though these are important, too.
3. Let others do the work for you.
Be choosy – after all, you don’t want to waste your time or anyone else’s – but make sure you take advantage of recruiters and tech managers who know exactly what tech niche you’re interested in, and can take on a lot of the burden of marketing you. It’s a win for them if they place you in your perfect project, so they’ll prove a valuable tool should you decide to try freelancing.
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In April, more tech professionals quit their jobs than in March. This is according to the latest U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. And it’s part of a continuing trend, as this quarter, more techies quit than in the last.
Why the voluntary quits? Many workers are simply leaving their current positions to accept or search for new, better ones that pay more for their skill set. This confidence in their ability to find new jobs suggests a strong economy, at least where tech is concerned.
But besides money, there are other reasons more tech pros are quitting their jobs. A recent Dice survey found that 43 percent of tech professionals who plan on quitting are searching for better working conditions. A third of the workers who are leaving their jobs desire more responsibility within their position. Another 16 percent are looking for a shorter commute, while 14 percent are relocating. And companies are taking notice.
As tech professionals get choosier, employers are responding by increasing incentives to retain them. More companies are offering higher compensation, more challenging assignments, flexible work schedules, opportunities to work remotely, and more frequent promotions.
All that to say, it’s a great time to be in tech. If you’re interested in pursuing your own new opportunities, the cards are stacked in your favor. Check out TRC Staffing Solutions for jobs available in your desired area.
A 2013 study funded by Microsoft found that each year, 230,000 new tech jobs are created. The report also showed that each year, only 49,000 students graduate with a computer science-focused degree. That leaves more than 70,000 jobs available – so why are eight million people in the U.S. unemployed, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics?
It’s called a skills gap, and the U.S. job market as a whole is experiencing it. There are Millennials straight out of college applying for jobs that they are under-qualified for – not because they lack field experience, but because they didn’t receive the college education needed to complete the tasks at hand.
Though the entire job market is being affected by the skills gap, the technology market is taking one of the hardest hits. In a recent article about the tech skills gap, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that software development, data science, and systems engineering are among those STEM fields suffering the most from the talent gap.
Another skills gap study, conducted by Microsoft and Washington State, finds that one out of two jobs requires tech skills. Within the next ten years this number is predicted to increase to three out of four jobs. With Millennials unable to land these jobs, and employers unable to hire candidates, the market is not progressing.
This all sounds pretty negative . . . but it’s actually the perfect opportunity for people interested in pursuing a career in technology. Here’s why. By 2020, IT salaries alone are predicted to rise by 5.1% per year. The fewer qualified candidates there are for the technology field, the more invaluable tech gurus will become.
One way the tech industry is tackling the problem head on is through education. Companies are offering mentorships, industry experts are sharing their knowledge for free through blogs and online coding tutorials, and companies are even providing free training. For example, the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy teaches technology courses to active-duty military service members, in an effort to prepare them for the workforce upon completion of their military duties.
As for those who want a great career in technology – the key is to get the education needed to be successful – the education that, for some reason, others are not receiving. Research programs and education tracks before attending any program or school. Ask about success rates and investigate what the tech community has to say about those programs. The opinion of the tech community will tell you a lot about whether or not an education program will lead to a successful career.
Have you already received a great education? Are you ready to dive in to the technology field? Check out the Top Five Stem Cities for Employment on the TRC Professional Solutions blog to find the perfect city for your career.
A major component of creating a successful career in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math industries (STEM) is to continually educate yourself. With new technologies developing every day, it takes a lot of effort to research new certifications and degrees needed to “climb the ladder” in your profession.
To become certified, you sign up to take courses that will increase your knowledge of your desired industry. Graduate school is also a great route to take in the long run. The more experience and knowledge you have, the better. However, it can be hard to know what specific certifications are needed. The TRC Professional Solutions team of recruiters have offered a few key certifications that they look for to fill specific positions.
If you are interested in applying for Networking and Systems jobs, look into becoming CCNA, CCNP, MCSE and MCSA certified. If you are able to understand these 5 certifications, you will be able to use Cisco Systems. Just to give you an idea, Cisco Systems is used worldwide in North America, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin American and the Middle East.
If you are leaning more towards the Security route, check into becoming CISSP and CEH certified. To become a “Certified Ethical Hacker”, it will take a little more dedication than the other certifications listed above. It takes a bit longer and is a more expensive route, but it’s worth it. If you learn these systems, you could literally be hacking into corporations systems to find their defaults! Being CEH certified is pretty rare and will make your resume stand out to recruiters.
Finally, if you’re interested in understanding Science and Technology Languages, get your Matlab certification. This will help you manage everything from computer vision – to database reporting and connectivity. Companies like to use Matlab because it is like a programming language for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It’s also used for science and applications.
With any career, the more certifications, qualifications, and experience you have – the better. This is especially true for the STEM industries. Do you have other certifications that you feel are desirable?