How to Write a Technical Resume
13 May 2022 2 mins read By Andrea Amato

Castille's Deborah Melinda Arlanda on writing a technical resume and how to demonstrate "why you are the perfect fit for the job”.

 

It’s no secret that the technical industry is competitive and always looking for the next talent to take on challenging projects and products. Due to the high demand in this sector, many jobseekers are finding ways to make their resume’s stand apart from other applicants. If you’re somebody who’s looking for your next IT job in Malta or elsewhere, we invite you to read the following article.

As a general aim, you want to curate your resume so that it best reflects your work experience and skills in a dedicated field. Technical resumes differ from other on-site or remote jobs due to their reflection on specific hard skills such as programming languages. In this way, jobseekers must consider how they can represent their skill sets in a readable and interesting format.

Writing a tech resume is vital to actualising a successful career. It is one of the first impressions you will provide hiring managers with, so you want to dedicate some time to perfecting the document. As IT is a competitive playing field, remember that you will be competing against hundreds of other job applicants. Due to the diversity of IT jobs, you should explore certain requirements that arise with what employers are looking for.

Joining the below article is Deborah Melinda Arlanda, a Human Capital (HC) consultant at Castille who understands the significance of customising technical resumes and has experience with helping applicants succeed in tech career roles. Our conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

 

Tips to Writing Resumes

 

Deborah, formatting a technical resume includes numerous components, as you know. Many individuals include personal information that is sometimes inappropriate to add, whereby hiring managers are only interested in specific kinds of details. What personal information should technical professionals include in their resumes?

 

Tech professionals should include information related to identification, such as full name, professional title, location, contact number, email address, and social media networks such as one’s LinkedIn profile. They should ensure that any phone number or email address included in the CV is reachable and valid.

 

There’s sometimes a discussion around the utility of personal or professional summaries, which demonstrates to hiring managers a nutshell of a professional’s work experience. Are personal summaries necessary to include?

 

Yes, personal summaries should be included as it demonstrates why you are the perfect fit for the job. Employees can include their years of work experience and details regarding those experiences, and similar workplace passions in their summary.

 

I suppose a personal summary is a good way to showcase who you are and your accomplishments in a few sentences. What about listing hobbies and interests, should tech professionals focus their resume real estate on something else instead?

 

To me, hobbies can give your future employer an idea about how you spend your time and additional skills you may have. Interests, on the other hand, indicate topics you’re currently exploring or would like to discover that might be relevant for the company. I would encourage applicants to list hobbies and interests if:

  • You have limited work and educational experience,
  • You have limited skills related to the job you’re applying for,
  • The employer values uniqueness and personality among applicants,
  • The employer asks for additional hobbies or interests from applicants, and/or
  • The job posting lists responsibilities or duties that align with your hobbies and interests.

 

Formatting Resumes

 

Depending on the IT job, applicants must tailor their resumes so that they are relevant and well curated to land a good impression with employers. How should tech professionals format their resumes?

 

In terms of a personal summary, include a short description at the top of the resume, highlighting your career strengths. Underneath your personal profile, include a list of key skills and ensure they match the job description you’re interested in. Then, write your experience, and separate your full-time from part-time roles to help recruiters. Start your experience with the latest year first to the earliest experience. 

Make sure you list down your responsibilities in bullet points, five to seven points max, and not in paragraphs. Start each bullet point with a strong action verb and include the tools and technologies used for each project. For the rest of the resume, include your education, any certifications and training, and references.

 

It seems like resumes follow a rigorous structure and order, I suppose for consistency’s sake for employers and in IT jobs generally. What should employees avoid including in their resumes?

 

Employees should avoid the following:

  • An unprofessional email address,
  • Outdated or irrelevant social media profiles,
  • A one-page resume with bulky paragraphs,
  • Spelling and grammatical errors,
  • Inaccuracies about your qualifications or experience,
  • Unnecessary personal information (such as your age and ethnicity),
  • Negative comments or details about former employers,
  • Tiny text or miscellaneous, extra content,
  • Company-specific jargon,
  • The use of first-person language (such as “I”, “we”, etc), instead use action words to describe your achievements.

 

Right, email addresses should represent your name, and not something random. Action verbs can be something like, ‘successfully integrated new software in project A

’. Thanks for the useful tips. Is there anything else you would like to add?

 

The best file type to use for your resume is either a word or PDF document instead of images, as these can be compressed and blurry. The length of a CV should be around two to three pages, and if you’re not new to the workforce, remove any references of high school from your resume.

 

Great, thanks Deborah.

 

Thank you.

 

Interested in learning more about technical careers? Learn more about what jobs we’ve currently available, or contact support@castillians.com to join our team.

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