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Tech Resume Tip: Focus Your Tech Resume on Results

By December 18, 2010

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With the start of a new year quickly approaching, many of you will be considering making a career change. Your tech resume is your business card when it comes to applying for a new job. Technology is complex but your resume should not be. Here is a tech resume tip from the article 5 Practical Tips For Your Tech Resume.

Focus on Results

The evaluation of a new candidate in technology has changed over the past 10 years. While the focus used to be on technology only such as programming skill or project management ability, today things are different. Particularly in small or medium sized organizations, the focus has shifted to the value you bring to the organization. Instead of showing that you know the syntax for PHP 5, you need to discuss a project that helped reduce expenses using PHP 5. Instead of explaining that you have been an object oriented developer for 10 years, you need to showcase an idea that you proposed and implemented that resulted in a better support model for clients.

Don't get me wrong, you need to explain your proficiency in programming or project management. But you need to do so in the context of the value to the business. You need to write your resume from this perspective.

Consider the fact that you know how to develop an e-commerce application and want to include it on your tech resume. You could say something like, "Developed a cool shopping cart application in Java and Flash". That would be OK since you did convey this information about your skills. However, the better approach would be to write it like this:

Increased revenue by developing shopping cart for e-commerce website. The Java/Flash based application improved user experience which resulted in a 50% decrease in abandoned e-commerce transactions.

Not only will the results oriented accomplishment help you get an interview, but it will provide a topic that I guarantee the interviewer will want to discuss further. Check out Practical Tips For Your Tech Resume for more. Happy Holidays!

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