it_consultant wrote: »
The most important "Do" is to have a good and concise cover letter. A lot of times a good cover letter will get you the interview before the reviewer even goes to your resume.
You can get creative, interactive resumes on disk, which is good because a lot of IT guys can't cram all they can do in one page.
Definitely...without a doubt...have a cover letter. Have your non-tech friend review the cover letter and ask for advice. This is where you have the chance to unabashedly sell yourself in two or three paragraphs.
keenon wrote: »
The jury is still out on this one for me as I have operated with and without both. I have had better results with the just the resume itself. I occasionally will redo resumes and they always get called.
it_consultant wrote: »
Sometimes, with a cert like CCNP, you could write your resume on toilet paper and still at least get a call!
za3bour - I dont have a good resource, I have always been a fairly good writer, but I know this talent is not prevalent in our community. Thats why I recommend having a non tech friend, maybe someone who went through business school, review your cover letter. I have always used my cover letter to outline my IT philosophy and my goals / expectations for whatever company that I go into.
As an example, my current cover letter (I got a job with this last year when there were practically zero jobs available) has a paragraph in it about how as an IT guy, I love new and emerging technology, but I have developed the maturity to be able to understand when a new technology is something that a small or medium sized business would actually realize a return on investment on within 3 years, or if it is (1) something inapplicable to the company - like MPLS or (2) a fad - google apps.
One of the main problems with IT guys is that we do an awfully poor job explaining our value. I always tell my clients, my number one goal is YOUR business' profitability. In order to contribute to that, I provide highly available and affective technical solutions and processes to your employees. You will get a much more receptive audience when they realize that your goal is the same as theirs; to be able to afford a big boat someday.
carajean wrote: »
Hey if anyone has the time im need to redo my resume. I currently work at a job im having a hard time describing or making it "better" sounding. Im gonna post it let me know where I can do better. I need to relocate and I keep sending out apps but nothing not even for low level tech support. I know I live in michigan but jez.Resume