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By bschmode ·
I'm currently looking for a new job and need some resume tips. I'm using alot of the online resume systems such as monster.com,computerjobs.com. I'm getting my resume viewed but no responses. I was wondering if I could get some good tips on how to get responses. I have 5 years in the IT field and currently work at a fortune 100 company. What Am I doing wrong??

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by dmiles In reply to Resume Tips??

You are not doing anything wrong and you are using the resume references that I would suggest,keep sending the resumes out and sooner or later you will get dthe job.Their are no good tips on getting responses,you have to keep netwok channels open and sending out resumes.

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by IT-Sage (bschirf) In reply to Resume Tips??

I would suggest 3 things...

1) Enhance your resume... This can be done by gaining certifications A+, N+, MCP, CNA, etc. and by any internal certifications you can gain from your employer.

2) Network with other techs in the area to learn about other opportunities.

3) Start checking out TechRepublic-Channels-Career to learn more techniques to further your career.

Good luck...

BSchirf

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by wteeter_98 In reply to Resume Tips??

I agree with the other postings. Be prepared for oportunity when it knocks.

Don't get discouraged. Remember that demand for IT is cyclical and we're entering the traditional downtime. I've noticed a dramatic drop off in respsonses to my monster posting compared to the volume back in Aug and Sept.

Hopefully, some of those view counts are interested IT managers who are waiting for budgets to come in.

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by RealGem In reply to Resume Tips??

It's hard to offer advice when I can't see your resume. Since you say your getting hits but no bites, I'm going to assume that the problem is with the content and not with where you have posted it.

Templates aside, a good resume will be pleasingto the eye. It should look professional. The use of white space, structured paragraphs, headings, etc. are all very important.

You need to include any education, certification, etc. that you've attained. If you received any awards or recognitions, such as Dean's Honor List, note it.

You also need to describe the jobs you had. Start with the most recent. List the responsibilities and duties that you had/have, don't just put down the job title. Also include how long you performed that job. If you worked on specific projects, list them. Tell them about your accomplishments too: Project was early, developed a new process that cut admin processing by 25%, etc.

Potential employers also want to know if you're a go-getter. List any volunteer work that you've done (inside or outside work). Committees or infrastructure projects (e.g. Programming Standards) are important.

Lastly: proofread your resume. I've personally discarded resumes that were poorly written just because those people obviously don't care about quality.

Good luck.

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by Peyison In reply to Resume Tips??

I would suggest that the first section on your resume be a summary of you. The summary should start out with a brief discription of your background:

Five years experience in the information systems field as a programmer, network specialist, and consultant. Major strengths include:

Then list your strengths:
Programming Skills (Including Advanced C++, HTML, Visual Basic, ASP), Problem Solving Skills, Creativity, Written and Verbal Communication Skills, etc.

Might want to list these intwo columns.

A lot of the people who view your resume are not technical - they are just scanning it for the keywords that they are on their recruiting request. These are things like VB, C++, HTML, ASP, CNE, MCSD - even things like Windows NT, MS Excel. Most initial reviewers of your resume are not judging you, they are just looking for the keywords. Make it easy for them and put all the keywords in one place at the top of the resume. Also, when posting online, this helps in keyword searches.

Good Luck

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