IT résumés: Think twice about the advice you've been given

IT résumés are different from résumés for professionals in other fields because IT workers have to capture a range of skills-both technical and functional-on their résumés

Recruiters, professional résumé writers and other career experts give out tons of advice on how best to write a resume that will stand out from the competition. Their intentions are noble - they want to help people land jobs - but the problem with their advice is that it doesn't always apply to IT professionals and the nature of the work they do, says Shana Westerman, a recruiting manager with IT staffing firm Sapphire Technologies.

"People go to the unemployment office or they go to outplacement résumé writers who don't give advice that is applicable to the IT field," she says.

Westerman notes that IT résumés are different from resumes for professionals in other fields because IT workers have to capture a range of skills-both technical and functional-on their résumés. Because technology changes so rapidly and because so much IT work is project-based and involves "so many moving parts", generic resume writing advice can do a great disservice to IT professionals, says Westerman.

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