Technical Resumes
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Resume Overview
The purpose of a resume is to get an interview
 Be interesting; make whoever reads your resume view you as
valuable to their cause
A resume is a marketing piece
 Highlight your strong points
 Skills & Accomplishments
 Education
 Professional or Relevant experience
Customize each resume to the job for which you are applying
Read the job descriptions carefully to insert keywords & identify the
skills they are targeting
Know your audience – use industry specific terminology (web
development, software engineering, systems administration)
Demonstrate Value
Employers have in mind:
 “How can you be valuable to us?”
 “Value” = skills, accomplishments, education and
 Successful job seekers understand their unique
combination of skills, education and experience and
articulate their value to employers.
It takes on average 10 – 30 second to review a resume
Most significant part of the resume is the top half of page –
must give evidence of a good “match” to the position
Keywords are the "hard" skills
 "soft skills” -second tier of searched words
 Pull job descriptions by category from to identify
common keywords
 Developed Oracle 9.0 database for marketing department
 Wrote web-based sales tracking application in C++ on
Linux/Apache platform
 Managed customer database (MS SQL 7.0), product
updates, and upgrades.
Resume Components – Contact
and Objective
Name & Contact Information
Email & phone number are important, address optional
Use a professional looking email
(i.e. not
Link to eportfolio, portfolio website or LinkedIn
List the position you’re applying for and the company or
List important, valuable attributes that you bring to the job
Keep in mind the employer perspective
Objectives are concise, usually one sentence, two at most
Resume Components - Summary
of Qualifications
Summary of Qualifications or Technical
Summary - more commonly used for technical
Highlight skills specific to the job description
Experience you have that prepares you for job
Can be in list form (more common) or a short sentence
List skills that are transferable from job to job and highlight
Try not to use skills that everybody has, or that are generally
expected (ex: Hard worker, proficiency in Microsoft Word)
Resume Components - Summary
of Qualifications Example
Applying to position as a trainer in a technical environment
• Designed and delivered student-centered technical material
on X
• Experienced in formal, instructor-led adult instruction
• Conducted tutoring in computing technology, math and
• Wrote instructional video scripts for technical topics in X X
and X
Applying to entry level software engineering position
• Wrote disassembler in Assembly language
• Team leader on project management model using COCOMO
• Modeled video store operations using C++ and OOM
Resume Components – Technical
Technical Resumes must match skills AND technology
Developer on C++ vs. Fortran
 Project manager on 727 vs. MS Word
Include important acronyms, abbreviations
Possible Skills or Qualification headings:
Operating Systems: Linux/Unix, etc.
Languages: C/C++, JAVA, etc.
Applications: MS Office Suite, etc.
Database: Oracle, Access, MySQL
IDEs: Visual Studio, Eclipse
Resume Components - Education
 Your
major and expected graduation date
 GPA if above 3.5 or if required by company
 Relevant coursework or projects
 Describe
in relative detail the process by which you
learned a skill
 Group projects, research and presentations are
good to use here, they can show your
demonstrated ability
 Technical
Resume Components - Experience
Relevant (Work) Experience
 Internships, volunteer, or professional experience
applicable to this position
 Be specific; “worked at a gaming company” doesn’t
tell anyone anything useful
 Use action verbs
 Quantify wherever possible;
% of improved efficiency
number of users
how often you made a status report
dollar amounts responsible for
how many clients served or co-workers managed
Chronological Resume
Chronological resumes highlight job progression and career
 Provisioner, Integra Telecom
 Career Specialist, UWB
 Tutor, UWB
 Tutor, SPRITE Project
 Financial Analyst, Law Firm
 Sr. Recruiter, Compaq
 Sr. Recruiter, F5 Networks
 Recruiter, XXX Websystems
BSCSS, UW Bothell,
AAS, Client Programming, Highline
Graduated June 2007
Graduated June 2005
Modified Chronological Resume
Relevant Work Experience
 Senior Recruiter, Compaq
 Senior Recruiter, F5 Networks
 Recruiter, XXX Websystems
Bachelor of Science Computer & Software Systems, University of
Washington Bothell
Associate of Arts & Sciences Client Programming, Highline
Community College
Professional Experience
 Provisioner, Integra Telecom
 Career Specialist, University of Washington Bothell
 Tutor, University of Washington Bothell & SPRITE Project
 Financial Analyst, Law Firm
Resume Format
First impressions are important
Use professional consistent styles, punctuation
and fonts
Chronological, Functional and Combination
Resume “real estate” and page layout centering/lining up parts of the resume
Utilize bullets in order of importance
1 –2 pages at most
Skills Most Sought After by
Communications Skills (listening, verbal, written). Exceptional
listener and communicator who effectively conveys information
verbally and in writing.
Analytical/Research Skills. Highly analytical thinking with
demonstrated talent for identifying, scrutinizing, improving, and
streamlining complex work processes.
Computer/Technical Literacy. Computer-literate performer with
extensive software proficiency covering wide variety of
Flexibility/Adaptability/Managing Multiple Priorities. Flexible
team player who thrives in environments requiring ability to
effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects.
From What Do Employers Really Want? Top Skills and Values Employers Seek from Job-Seekers
by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., and Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Skills Most Sought After by
Employers continued…
Interpersonal Abilities. Proven relationship-builder with
unsurpassed interpersonal skills
Leadership/Management Skills. Goal-driven leader who
maintains a productive climate and confidently motivates,
mobilizes, and coaches employees to meet high performance
Multicultural Sensitivity/Awareness. Personable professional
whose strengths include cultural sensitivity and an ability to build
rapport with a diverse workforce in multicultural settings.
Planning/Organizing. Results-driven achiever with exemplary
planning and organizational skills, along with a high degree of
detail orientation.
Skills Most Sought After by
Employers continued…
Problem-Solving/Reasoning/Creativity. Innovative problemsolver who can generate workable solutions and resolve
Teamwork. Resourceful team player who excels at building
trusting relationships with customers and colleagues.
Skills to focus on in coursework
No matter what you major in, you need excellent writing skills and
eloquent speaking skills. The Association of American Colleges and
Universities recently asked employers who hire at least 25% of their
workforce from two- or four-year colleges what they want institutions to
teach. The answers did not suggest a narrow focus. Instead:
89% said they wanted more emphasis on “the ability to effectively
communicate orally and in writing”
81% asked for better “critical thinking and analytical reasoning
70% were looking for “the ability to innovate and be creative”
From Zernike, Making College `Relevant’, The New York Times, 2009
Digital and Scanned resumes
Save as pdf and in Notepad as text version
Use only keyboard characters for text version
Limit formatting, avoid graphics, bold, lines and bullets
Avoid word wrap
Each line 64-70 characters
Send to self to test
Databases will scan for keywords - Pull from the position
Avoid textured papers
Stack contact information
 One line for each part of information
Resume Checklist
Make your resume visually appealing, easy to read, and
consistent in resume style and format. Don’t make the
employer guess on your reasoning or your meaning. Example: If
you put dates for one job, put them in for all. Don’t use acronyms
unless you explain them first.
Maximize the space on your resume. Don’t waste an entire line
on your page for one to three words.
Keep it to one page (two pages dependent on professional level
relevant to the position).
Choose a resume style for your particular skill level/work
history. For suggestions on what style to choose, view outlines
and sample resumes on the
Spell and grammar check. Keep the correct verb tense. Use
past tense for previous jobs and present tense for current jobs.
Do not use personal pronouns.
Resume Checklist continued…
Immediately impress the reader – be job specific, customize.
State up front in your objective and the job for which you are
Include keywords from the job description.
In choosing what character traits, skills, accomplishments,
academic knowledge and employment history you are going to
highlight, focus on the employer’s needs and job requirements.
In your bullets, not only communicate your job responsibilities;
but also make sure to include the abilities and skills that made
you successful in performing those. Stress your productivity in
terms of your potential for solving employer’s problems. Quantify
whenever possible. Numbers help to draw the eye and stand
Cover Letters – Make your case
Explain why you are sending a resume
 Tell specifically how you learned about the position
or the organization
 Convince the reader to look at your resume.
 Call attention to elements of your background
relevant to the position. Be specific, use examples
 Reflect your attitude and interest in the position
 Provide or refer to any information specifically
 Indicate what you will do to follow-up
Choose the Right Reference
A good reference: A professor in whose class you earned a good grade or an
employer who has commented positively about your work.
A great reference: In addition to the above, they can comment on your
personality and passions.
Academic Reference Consider any Professor:
who has seen your best academic work
that you engaged with in a quarter-long special topics or research project
Work Reference Consider any Employer:
where you received promotions
where you completed any special projects
where you can qualify or quantify your contribution to the organization
that you left the organization on good terms
with whom you still communicate
How Recruiters Use Social Networks
to Make Hiring Decisions
A new survey released by Jobvite, a company
that provides applicant tracking software,
shows that 92% of employers are using or
planning to use social networks for recruiting
this year. This is up slightly from last year at
89%. The study retrieved insights from over
1,000 companies, mostly based in the U.S., in
a wide variety of industries.
How Recruiters Use Social Networks to Make Hiring Decisions Now, by Dan
Schawbel, Time Business & Money, July 9, 2012
LinkedIn is a popular site for professionals
and industry experts to connect.
LinkedIn puts your professional face forward
A LinkedIn profile is different to a resume – it’s
not a static document!
Network! - manage your contacts
People find you
Job Search – Industries/Companies
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