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Archives for December 2011



Focus on Your Differentiators!

Thursday, December 29, 2011 by J.M. Auron

Everything in the technical resume should support your “value proposition” – the things that set you apart from your competition. In my previous post I discussed the critical importance of the professional profile in writing a strong technical resume. Today, I’d like to expand on that. One of the most challenging – and important – [...]

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The Professional Profile – the Most Critical Section of the Resume

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 by J.M. Auron

The greatest challenge in writing a technical resume – and I’m speaking as an experienced technical resume writer – is the Professional Profile. The actual “nuts and bolts” of the technical resume – duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments – are (relatively) easier. After all, it’s a question of detailing the things you’ve actually done. But the [...]

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Avoid “Everything Including the Kitchen Sink” Resumes

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by J.M. Auron

Particularly in challenging times like these, you may be tempted to include absolutely you’ve ever done in your technology resume – in the (reasonable) hope that something will catch the hiring authority’s attention. Unfortunately, while understandable, that approach too often backfires. As I’ve mentioned previous, hiring authorities – whether external recruiters or in-house HR professionals [...]

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Writing a Strong Project Management Resume – 5 Tips to Cut Through the Clutter!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by J.M. Auron

Technology Resumes for Project Management Professionals present a unique set of challenges, particularly if you’ve been in a role with multiple simultaneous projects, or a number of (relatively) short-term initiatives. The tendency to want to include everything is understandable – but can be a strategic mistake. As an IT Resume Writer, I’ve had client resumes [...]

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Should You Include Legacy Technologies in your Technical Resume?

Monday, December 19, 2011 by J.M. Auron

In my last two blog, I’ve discussed effective strategies to position technical core competencies in both IT leadership and hands-on technical resumes. In this blog I’d like to talk about another issue that I see from time to time – including legacy technologies and platforms within the Technical Core Competencies section of your resume. I [...]

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IT Resume Strategies for Technical Core Competencies: Part 2 – Strategies for Technical Leaders

Friday, December 16, 2011 by J.M. Auron

In my last blog, I discussed 3 effective strategies to present – and leverage – technical expertise for a hands-on technical role. In this article, I’d like to address strategies to incorporate technical expertise in a leadership or senior level resume. Technical expertise remains important at a more senior level – but technical expertise needs [...]

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Technical Competencies in Your IT Resume: Part 1 – Strategies for Hands-On Technical Professionals

Thursday, December 15, 2011 by J.M. Auron

Technical Core Competencies are an absolutely critical element in a solid, interview winning IT or Engineering resume. But – as with all elements of a strong resume – it’s important to have a clear, definite strategy in the approach you choose to highlight these technical strengths. It is critical to ensure that you demonstrate the [...]

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5 Resume Strategies to Help Mitigate the Risk of Age Discrimination

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 by J.M. Auron

When I was recruiting, I was frankly shocked by the prevalence – and openness – of age discrimination. Needless to say, I “fired” clients for insisting on an illegal – and wrong-headed – insistence of recruiting within a given age range. So, when I write a resume for job seekers in their forties, fifties, and [...]

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Resume Architecture – Creating a High-Level Picture of Your Career

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 by J.M. Auron

One of the most common problems I see in my client’s initial technical resumes is a lack of clear structure. Often, my clients have great information throughout the resume, but it’s in unconnected nuggets that can be hard to mine for critical information. Duties and accomplishments are often mixed and formatting may not give a [...]

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Don’t be Responsible!

Monday, December 12, 2011 by J.M. Auron

No, no. I don’t mean it that way. Of course I support my clients – my friends, too, by the way – in being as responsible as possible. But one thing that I’d love to see disappear from the resume world is the phrase “responsible for.” It’s boring. It doesn’t really tell the reader what [...]

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