Information Technology (IT) Resume Tips and Examples

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For anyone job searching, writing a resume can be an extremely challenging task. But for information technology (IT) professionals, it can be especially difficult. The highly technical industry is constantly evolving, and resumes need to be continually updated to keep up.

Read below for tips and examples that can help you craft a resume that gets noticed in the IT industry.

Understand Attention Span

Across all fields, job listings often get hundreds or even thousands of submissions.

Hiring managers often just skim resumes. If your resume is just a block of text, your application is likely to get discarded without the manager ever reading it. Break up your resume with categories, such as education, work history and skills. Create bulleted lists to neatly summarize key information. Lists and categories make resumes more visually appealing and easy to read. 

Check out these resume templates to get an idea for how you might format your resume.

Limit Length

Similarly, hiring managers do not have a lot of time to spend reading resumes. Keep that in mind and try to limit your resume to one page, but two at the absolute most. Use your resume to highlight your biggest achievements; if you still have work experience on there from college or even high school, take them off to save space. Remove experiences that are not directly related to the job you’re applying for.

Highlight Accomplishments, Not Tasks

Most resumes read like a list of tasks, such as "updated company software, used problem-solving skills to troubleshoot, created database." While this tells a company what you did each day, it does not do anything to set you apart or highlight what you bring to the job.

Instead, focus on your accomplishments and mention them as specifically as possible. For instance, if you created a program that simplified processes and saved employees time, that is important to mention. Any instance where you delivered results ahead of deadline, under budget, or exceeded expectations is something to highlight.


Whenever possible, use numbers to quantify your successes. For example, if you developed an app that saved your company money, state how much money you saved. If you helped streamline a process, use a percentage to show how much more efficient the process became. Recruiters – especially in IT – appreciate this kind of data.

Use Keywords

You should tailor every resume to fit the job you are applying for. One way to do this is to include keywords from the job listing in your resume. For example, if the job listing includes a number of required skills, include those skill words in your resume (if you have those skills). This will help a recruiting manager easily see that you are qualified for the job.

Moreover, many companies use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to screen applicants. If an applicant does not have enough keywords from the job listing in their application, they might be eliminated. Therefore, it is doubly important to use keywords.

Remove Interests

Unless your interests directly relate to your work, employers likely do not care if you're passionate about soccer. Take out the interests section of your resume; the only exception is if your outside volunteer work corresponds with your work.

For instance, if you created a program for a local non-profit to manage donor information, that is relevant to include on your resume. 

Emphasize Skills

While you want to remove unrelated interests, you do need to include tech skills in your resume. In a section labeled “Skills” (or something similar, like “Technical Competencies”), include any software programs, programming languages, and other skills that are important for the job. You might include non-tech skills that are relevant, such as knowledge of a foreign language.

That being said, there is no need to include more basic tech skills that most job applicants have, such as knowledge of Microsoft Office. Remove this unnecessary information to save space.

Avoid Confusing Technical Language

While you will certainly have to use technical language in your resume (for example, in your list of technical skills), avoid using too much jargon, especially acronyms and terms that not everyone will be familiar with.

 Avoid technical language that was specific to your old company – stick to industry terms that everyone in IT knows. Keep in mind that recruiters might not be familiar with tech jargon, so only use as much technical language as you need.

Proofread and Edit

Just because you are in IT does not mean you can have spelling or grammar errors in your resume. Make sure you thoroughly proofread your resume before submitting it. Ask a friend or even a career coach to read through your resume as well, looking for errors as well as inconsistencies in your formatting.

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