5 best resume styles for technology professionals

imageAccording to India Skills Report 2019, employment opportunities will see a comeback after a sluggish four years. The tech and software industry, says the study, will lead this bullish outlook. Specialist technologies in the space of AI/machine learning, design, and analytics jobs will be the most sought-after skills. A profound undertone in this prediction is the fact that the number of contenders seeking these increased prospects will also spike. And in this crowded talent space, how will you ensure your profile outshines others if you are a tech specialist? Here are a few tips that might help you draft a standout technical resume.   

#1 Quick summary

A personal summary that provides a quick sneak peek of your work experience, and relevant skills to the recruiters heighten your chances of being shortlisted for further rounds of interview. A good career summary should include professional progression, highlight important achievements and milestones, and key skills. You should skilfully position your summary such that it subtly projects how your experiences and qualifications are a perfect match for the asks of the job you are seeking.

#2 Specific domain

Call out the specific domain in which you have the experience. This could mean both technical skills and the business vertical you have worked in. A balance of tech knowledge and how to apply those to solve various business problems is always the combination employers look for and which help you stand out in a crowd. If you are highlighting your DevOps experience, mention how you managed all the stakeholders involved in a project that you were engaged in. Specify the programs, platforms, databases, and the coding tools you have proficiently used.

#3 Milestones

Milestones you were able to accomplish are a proof-point that testify your competence for the opportunity you are seeking. So use enough real estate specifying how your presence made a significant difference to a project. Substantiate your claims with data and statistics. Use strong verbs that demonstrate your ability to take hard decisions, to lead, and your commitment to seeing a project through its successful completion. Some of the examples are:

  • “Coached a team of 5 developers.”
  • “Developed RESTful APIs in Python.”
  • “Led web UI application.”

#4 Skill advancement & recognitions

imageThe speed with which technologies are changing, upskilling is the key survival mantra both for the employers and candidates. Show your potential employers your proactive efforts in reskilling yourself in the latest tech skills. This not only showcases your preparedness to face any transition in the industry but also your willingness to stay abreast with the trending skills. Highlight the skills you acquired in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Internet of Things – all the rare skills high in demand but under-supplied. Besides, if you have any recognition in your newly acquired skill that’s an added feather that must find a mention in your profile.

#5 Look & feel

Finally, what will make your resume complete is its look and feel. Ensure all the critical points are highlighted so that it instantly catches the recruiter’s attention. Formatting is a vital aspect. State all the game-changing aspects of your career and skills on the left-hand side of the page. Demarcate each point with a header, and technical skills and projects handled mentioned as bullets. Always proof-read because typos and spelling errors are enough to put off the employers. Avoid vague statements which you cannot quantify or substantiate with examples.

In sum, an excellent technical resume should always score well in being relevant to what an opportunity requires. This means job seekers cannot use a one size fits all approach. Customization is the key that will help you shine in the sea of conventional profiles.