When applying for a tech position, you will want a resume that specifically represents you and the technology job you are applying for. Since most employers consider the work experience section as the most vital part of a resume, you need to present your experience in a way that enhances your chances of getting the job.
Here are five kinds of experience you must have on your technology resume:
Technology and tools
Employers are looking for people that are familiar with relevant tools and software. Therefore, be sure to clearly list the tools and technology with which you have hands-on experience. Use specific keywords that are related to the job for which you are applying. Instead of just mentioning ‘coding,’ be clear that you know CSS and HTML. Instead of writing ‘graphic design tools,’ specify that you know Flash, Illustrator or Photoshop.
One of the best ways of standing out from the competition is by demonstrating your passion for your career. Employers are usually very impressed when they see you using your skills in everyday life, not just to earn a paycheck. Therefore, be sure to include your experience creating a website for your neighborhood club or volunteering to teach young children coding in a summer camp.
Open-source contributions and personal projects
Nothing excites an employer more than seeing a Stack Overflow or Github link on a resume. This will show what you are working on and what new technologies you are tinkering with. The employer will appreciate the fact that you are taking the initiative to keep up with new trends. However, keep this off your resume if it is not regularly updated.
Have you ever come up with a project and managed it from start to end? Have you ever juggled multiple projects? Did you raise funds or manage a budget? If you have experience in any of these areas, it shows employers that you have the ability to become a director or manager.
If your experience is limited, you might want to apply for the Tech One IT apprenticeship program (TAP). We place newly-graduated – or less experienced – technology apprentices with some of the nation’s fastest-growing companies. The experience earned is invaluable and will outshine the best of resumes.
Creative problem-solving experience
Have you ever solved a problem that seemed impossible? Or saved an organization money or time? Have you ever helped a team reach a consensus on a difficult issue? Every employer is looking for people that can think creatively and handle problems in innovative ways.
Keep honing and updating your resume as you acquire new skills, as well as send applications for different positions. If you need to bulk up your resume, be sure to reach out to us. We are hiring in our IT division and also for our Technology Apprenticeship Program (TAP.)