Tops Tips For Techies! Making Your Resume Stand Out! Whether you're a teacher or a techie whiz kid, when it comes to writing a resume, even the best of us are left bothered! It's easy to do your job well, but convincing someone else, a complete stranger at that, that you're really good is a completely different ballgame. But you've got to do it, if you want that job, right? In this article, we share some great tips for technology professionals on how to create resumes that will not only make a fabulous first impression but are also a surefire way of impressing all prospective employers! Tip One: Allow Room For Variations And Editing In Your Resume Being a technology professional means you're trained in a number of different skills and fields. But, not all of them will be relevant to every single job position you apply for. If you try and include everything, you'll be using up precious space in your resume and you'll make a cluttered mess out of it. Many prospective employers might turn you down because you have experience in more things than they're looking for! A solution to this dilemma would be to write a new resume for each job, but that isn't really feasible is it? So, how do you manage this challenge? Easy, look for a resume format or template that lets you prioritize all the information such that you have a standard resume with all the essentials in place and you can add or delete additional information depending on the particular job profile you're submitting the resume for. This way, you'll have all the fundamental bases covered while also leaving room for flexibility when the occasion demands it. Ads by Google Tip Two: Use Space Wisely It's easy to get tempted and include paragraph after paragraph about yourself in a resume. You want to make a good impression and you don't want to leave out anything, so you go on and on about your education, your work experience, your dreams, both professional and personal and so on. What you forget is, it's a resume, not an autobiography! You shouldn't be so brief that it looks like you have no experience at all, but an overly lengthy resume is not a good idea either. In fact, your experience in your field should determine the length of your resume. The more years you have to your credit, the more the number of pages you should include. However, in general, around three pages is the standard, acceptable format. Tip Three: Don't Prioritize Educational Info Over Work Experience Unlike other elements of a resume, there is no hard and fast rule about where your educational information should be placed. Most people put it right at the top, not realizing that prospective employers are more interested in your work experience than in your academic prowess. So unless you have degrees and awards from Ivy League schools and top honors to woo, it doesn't matter where you place the educational info. Tip Four: Pay Attention To Writing Style, Not Size While writing a resume it's easy to focus on how much space you're using. However, what most people forget it, it is substance that matters, not size. So, once you've decided to limit yourself to a certain number of pages, focus on doing them justice. Adopt a blend of interesting sentences, and wherever you can, put in lists with points. Bulleted lists are easier to read and get the point across immediately, but sentences are more satisfying qualitatively. This way, you can make your points without overwhelming your reader with too much text. Tip Five: When Talking Tech, Avoid Generalized Comments, Stick To Specifics Don't include lengthy, generalized descriptions about your technical experience. Make it as short and relevant as possible, using language that is peppered with ‘industry speak', trade jargon and pertinent keywords. If your resume is to be screened through various levels, you won't necessarily get someone with enough experience to pick out relevant information from amidst a lot of text. It's better to stick to keywords and points that ‘pop!': this way, you're sure to get all the important info across!