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IT & Programmer Resume Samples and Tips
This page will teach you, quickly and simply, the correct format for various IT related resumes. To help you better navigate this page, you can click any of the following links and you will be taken directly to the relevant section:
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Please follow the example of the picture below. It has a name, phone number, address, and e-mail address. Also, it’s styled in a simple, but pleasing and easy to read manner.
Simply stated, the career objective section is a bit like a fishhook with bait on it. It’s small (only two sentences long) and should be packed with delicious looking morsels of relevant information that advertise YOU as being perfect for the job. The hiring manager will not be able to help him/herself, and will bite down, while the rest of your resume reels them in for the catch!
How does an IT resume accomplish this?
One way is by showing how long the person has been working professionally in IT. See below:
"A Computer Professional with over 15 years experience in Networking, web development and hardware maintenance. Possesses a Masters Degree in Computer Science and manages a Web Development portfolio of over 100 corporate and personal websites."
Experience is one of the most important aspects in a hiring manager’s application consideration. If you’re an entry-level candidate, your coursework, GPA, and hands on experience will be needed to break you into the field. In this example the candidate is a professional already and they define the types of skills they have including their effective management of "portfolios".
The key to writing your professional experience section is writing it in such a way that your current/previous job experiences, and the responsibilities you held at them, are relevant to the ones on the job description that you’re applying to. As an IT worker, there are various job roles that you could theoretically be responsible for. The photo below can give you some ideas.
You may be working with hardware and software installation and maintenance. You may need to monitor computer networks and systems. You may be surprised how many candidates forget to put these sections on their IT resume.
You'll probably need to help co-workers troubleshoot their systems to get them working again. Possibly you’ll be buying and replacing old, broken, or outdated computer parts. You could also be responsible for helping the company roll out and use new applications and software, and doing tests and evaluations.
Check out this other example:
- Evaluation of existing software solutions with the objective of improving performance and conversions by 2.5%.
- Review of current company software and tailoring it to keep par with recent developments in augmented reality.
- Performance of root causes and debug analysis of reported 500+ prior customer software issues.
- Handling a development budget of $1.2 million reducing costs by $200,000 within first 6 months
- Supervision of a team of 5 designing and implementing Service as a Software (SAAS)
Here’s a pro tip: Describe the size of the networks you dealt with, the budget for IT that you had to stay within, and how successfully you did so (and whether/how you managed to save money). Give the hiring manager some real facts and figures to chew on, instead of vague proclamations.
There are a lot more opportunities in school to work with computers both on a recreational and academic level. Here are a few questions to consider when writing your education section.
- Did you run a computer network at school or college?
- Were you part of a society such as Hackers Anonymous?
- Did you write your own programs or create your own website?
- Did you contribute to Open Source?
- Did you fix computers for school, customers, family or friends?
Think about any certificates or awards you may have received. Read about certifications here.
Someone that works in IT is likely to have developed many skills relevant to hardware and software. This section is your moment to shine.
Although some of your skills may not be directly relevant to the needs of the hiring manager, having extra skills in IT demonstrates a flexibility that may be necessary in case of unforeseen events at the company.
Just don't make these top 5 mistakes that WILL kill your resume.
We’ve included a sample below of some skills commonly seen on IT resumes.
Other skills may involve (but certainly not limited to):
- CCNA certified
- Proficient in PHP, Joomla, WordPress and Drupal
- Programming languages, HTML, CSS, Java, etc.
Writing a resume that fits the bill for a programmer is no easy thing, right?
With freely available resume formats online, this becomes quite a simple task. The below tips are on how to transform your resume from normal to the best Programmer resume.
Before you get started warm yourself up with this video:
"So you want to be a software engineer?"
Pretty basic, duh! But you would be amazed just how many resumes are thrown to the shredder due to mistakes in the contact section. Be sure to include your name, your current location, your daytime phone number and a proper email address; and by proper let it sound official and appropriate to the job title.
IT and programmer jobs tend to have a more progressive work culture but email addresses such as firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com are a definite no. For a Programmer resume, a proper email address would be something like firstname.lastname@example.org where www.abc.com is your website, part of your portfolio or a customized landing page similar to the LinkedIn profile pages.
If you haven't developed your social media presence yet, what are you waiting for? This is the IT industry so get with the times. Use social profiles to your advantage in your job search and mention them in your contact details.
This should be a summarized sales pitch of your collective experience; your skills and what you intend to do for the next employer. This is the eye catcher in any resume format.
Remember the hiring manager or employer is losing time, and time is money so if you feel a qualifications summary may be more relevant use that instead.
Here are a few Programmer career objectives:
"Systems Programmer with over 10 years of experience in design, development and research of new systems seeking a position as a System Programmer. Possesses a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.A. in Information Systems."
"A programmer with over 10 years experience in Cobol, JCL, Google APIs, Java, C++, website and database design software. Possesses a Masters Degree in Computer Programming as well as a record of cutting costs in the software development cycle."
"Senior Application Programmer with over 10 years of experience of support and development of Tandem non-stop machines, TAL/COBAL/SCOBAL and TACL/Pathway/Enscribe. Possesses a B.S. in Computer Science and a leadership ability."
The best Programmer resume will have a career objective similar to those above. They stand out and grab the hirer's eye with both experience and skills.
Maybe I should upgrade my computer.
As often emphasized, employers are interested in viewing their potential candidate as a proactive and results oriented person. Thus the professional experience section of a finest resume layout must illustrate these qualities. The content of this section typically includes:
- Company name and job title.
- Dates of employment.
- Responsibilities and resulting achievements.
The professional experience is usually written down in a reverse-chronological order that is the most recent experience placed first. There should ideally be no gap in the professional experience section, but that’s not always the case.
If a gap exists, put it down and read about how to write gaps between employment. There is no need to lie about it and indicate how the achievements of it may contribute to the interests of the employer.
A Programmer resume could include responsibilities such as:
Developed and maintained client specific programs using Cobol, JCL and ISPF maintaining revenue at 15% above expectations
Enhanced HP-UX C library functions, for reliable shared access to the mount table within timeframes
Design, develop and implement complex software applications with an emphasis on rich-client, web-based applications
This tends to be a rather clear and simple section. Often placed immediately after the professional experience section.
The exception to this is when creating resume formats for recent graduates with minimal experience. Then the education section is emphasized.
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A graduate education section example:
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Cambridge, MA
Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science, June 1999
- Graduated Cum Laude
- Captain of the Computer Club
- Managed LAN Network with 70+ Gamers
- Developed college app to help students find open computers across campus
This is your chance to flaunt your extra skills. You’ve earned them, haven’t you? They serve the purpose of showing the employer that you value developing your career by adding new skills that didn’t end the moment you walked off campus.
The additional skills or technical skills section could be self taught or formally acquired through training and certification. Include these in a design similar to the one below:
- Certified Google API Developer.
- Microsoft Certified Product Tester.
- Java Development
- BM*s DB2 and z/OS / CICS Transaction Server
Simple as that. Congratulations, you now have all it takes for possess best Programmer resume.
Hopefully all of this will help you start to write your professional resume! Once you have created it consider reading whether you should send your resume in PDF or Word format and the best approach to presenting yourself at the job interview.
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