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 necessary technical depth. But it’s equally important to present technical skills in a way that doesn’t overwhelm the reader.
Here are 3 approaches to demonstrate your technology expertise and position yourself for new hands-on opportunities in development, network engineering, or other engineering disciplines.
1) Highlight You Technical Core Competencies Front and Center:
Frequently, for clients seeking hands-on roles, I recommend including a list of technologies immediately after the professional profile on page 1 of your resume.
In hands-on technical roles, specific skill sets are critical. So you need to make it absolutely clear to the hiring authority that you’ve got the chops to handle the job.
A couple of cautions, though. Be sure to format the section clearly by using subheadings like Languages, Tools, and Platforms for example. Start with the most crucial – if the job is for a Java developer, be sure to lead with Programming Languages.
Also, be careful to keep the list a manageable length – don’t distract from hard accomplishments in your most recent positions.
2) Incorporate Technology within Your Accomplishments:
If technology plays a critical role in your accomplishments – or if you used an innovative approach to solve a specific business or technical issue, you might want to consider including the technology directly in the accomplishment bullet.
For example, “Leveraged Java to deliver innovative solution that grew revenue by 20%,” includes technical competency and the business value of the achievement. That’s a strong combination!
3) Include Tools Used as a Separate Bullet Point:
Another option is to include the tools used as a bullet point after job descriptions. This approach is particularly effective if you’ve used variations on core technologies in different jobs, and can demonstrate both technical depth and breadth.
But do avoid repetition. If you’ve used the same technologies consistently, better placed at the beginning or end of the resume.
As a final thought, these strategies aren’t mutually exclusive. You can certainly take a “mix and match” approach to highlight your key strengths. But, as always, remember that the core of a resume is accomplishments. Be certain that everything you write shows not only your skills – but also what you can deliver.
In my next couple of blogs, I’ll address best practices for including technology in a senior or executive technology resume, and approaches to address legacy technologies.
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