What I look for in an IT Resume

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Looking for an IT job?

The recruiting industry is just like any other industry, there are great recruiters and there are terrible ones. For the sake of my sanity and my self-esteem, I’d like to think of myself as one of the better ones in the industry. I haven’t been recruiting for that long, about 17 months, but I’ve had my fair share of successes so far recruiting in both the private and federal sector.

As a Technical Recruiter, I spend a vast majority of my day pouring over resumes. It can be a painful process, constantly searching the job boards, LinkedIn and job applications for that perfect candidate. I can look at a resume and for the most part, tell whether the particular candidate will be a great fit for a position or not. Just like a recruiter, there are great resumes and there are awful ones. Here are the things that I look for when checking out a resume that really get me excited about a candidate and their potential.

  1. Job Stability- One of the biggest turnoffs for me when looking at a resume is seeing large unemployment gaps. Especially in the IT industry, where there is a greater demand for workforce than there supply, having large unemployment gaps usually screams RED FLAG in massive letters across the sky to me. Yes, there can be extenuating circumstances to someone being out of the workforce for an extended period of time, the vast majority of those instances are due to negative attributes with a candidate. Looking at a resume and seeing long tenure at a variety of positions, or at the very least, consistent work experience, is a major voucher of a candidates ability.
  2. Education- Degrees aren’t necessarily an indicator of a candidates ability to perform on the job, especially someone with 10+ years of experience. However, it’s much easier to sell a candidate to a client that has advanced degrees from a reputable college/university than a candidate who simply has a high school degree. Of course,
  3. Certifications
  4. Reputable Companies