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Don’t make these common mistakes on your tech resume.

healthcare-technology-8-04-2015Writing 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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It’s not WHAT you say, but HOW you say it.

This statement can be the difference between landing the perfect job or having your resume swept under the rug. Your ability to nonverbally and verbally communicate effectively during the interview process will make you stand out from the other candidates.

When you first walk into an interview, the person sitting across the table is looking at everything from your resume to the way you are swirling back and forth in your chair. All of these aspects of the interview process are types of nonverbal communication and they represent you. Yes, you are a part of the STEM group and your skills are unique but even if you’re the purple squirrel in the room, you have to stay on top of your game during in-person interviews.

Psychologist Albert Mehrabian completed and documented studies in his book Nonverbal Communication, which show that only 7% of communication comes from actually speaking. The rest of communication comes from your tone – 38% and your body language – 55%. When nerves are high and the pressure is on, you could go from being known as Joe the educated Engineer to Joe the nervous yawner.

This is where our recruiters at TRC Professional Solutions can help you! From resume tips to where to put your hands during interviews, they are dedicated to helping you succeed. If you need help finding a position that fits your skills, take a look at our job board.

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Study Finds Recruiters Scan Resumes in 6 Seconds. Here’s What They Look For.

recruiters scan resumeEver wish you could read recruiters’ minds to know exactly what they look for (and at) on your resume? Now you may have a little insight! A study by The Ladders career service tracked recruiters’ eye movements across resumes. The study noted which items captured recruiters’ attentions, how long they spent viewing each item, and what content was overlooked.

These are some findings:

Recruiters spent only 6 seconds reviewing each resume.

Recruiters spent almost 80% of their time on the following data points.

  • Name
  • Current title / company
  • Previous title / company
  • Previous position start and end dates
  • Current position start and end dates
  • Education

Beyond these data points, recruiters scanned for keywords to match the open position.

What does that mean for job seekers who want to make the best impression possible in 6 seconds?

  1. Pair down clutter. Have a strong, clean layout with plenty of white space.
  2. Highlight the information above – the items recruiters spend 80% of their time looking at (according to this survey).
  3. By the same token, if there’s something you consider crucial to your story that isn’t on the list of items recruiters focus on – place it clearly, prominently, concisely, and uncluttered on your resume so it begs to be seen.
  4. Finally – ask for help with your resume from someone who is good at resumes.

This is only one study and many recruiters spend more than 6 seconds examining your credentials. However, the findings are still great insight. They help you give yourself the best possible advantage in a worst case scenario.

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