Resume Redo for Tech Industry

Resume Redo for Tech Industry At 25 years old with a liberal arts degree and no work experience in the technology field, my resume needed some attention. I went into the career counsler at my university in order to review my resume so I could apply for part-time positions / internships to increase my experience in programming.

Quick Resume Outline:

 Information all professional resumes should include:
 Contact Information – address may be excluded
 Objective -  concise, 1-2 line statement
 Education
 Professional or Volunteer Experience
 Technical Skills

Usually these are the headers following the traditional order of a resume. My adviser recommended to rearrange the order of my resume. This concept is called "Priority Order/Sequencing". Priority sequencing means arranging information and job duties on a resume in accordance to what is more in demand by employers.  For example, Technical Skills are more important than Honors/Awards; therefore, the technical skills section on your resume should appear before awards.

My new resume order:
 Contact Information
 Objective
 Education
 Technical Skills
 Projects/Certifications - FreeCodeCamp Certification is what I want to place here when I finish!
 Professional or Volunteer Experience

I liked this format for technical skills I saw on an example resume from UH engineering website:
• Programming Languages:  C, C++, BASIC, Visual BASIC, FORTRAN, MATLAB
• Publishing Languages:       Latex, HTML, JavaScript
• Application Software:        MATLAB, Mathematics, Eclipse, Microsoft Office
• Operating Systems:            UNIX, DOS, and Windows

Other categories that can be added to a resume as headers are as follows:
 Technical Projects-  related to your field of study
 Relevant Coursework
 Professional Organizations or Leadership Experience
 Honors/Awards/Achievements

Quick Resume Review Checklist

Information included in your resume should be stated in industry terms and utilize action words with the proper verb tense. Your resume will use spacing, bold; limit use of contractions, abbreviations and acronyms. Do NOT use italics. Do NOT use color.

  •  Chronology:  Education and Work Experience sections should begin with the most recent or current information first  
  •  Action Verbs:  Begin each “task/duty” statement with an action verb
  •  Achievements:   more impressive if quantifiable results are included
  •  Skills:  can include computer, equipment and languages and should be presented effectively. 
  •  Length:  one page  (3 pages or more is a CV-most used for researchers and academics) 
  •  References: should not be included on a resume
  •  Format:  sections or subsections should be clear and consistent.  font size 10pt-12pt.  
  •  Consistency: format section titles, state/country references (abbreviated or spelled out), dates (August 2015, 8/2015, Aug 2015), use same font style and font size. 
  •  Subjectivity:  Avoid subjective opinions (energetic, fast learner, team player, excellent communication skills, etc.) 
  •  Grammar:  Use correct grammar, verb tense in tasks/duties, capitalization of proper nouns (AutoCAD, Houston, Engineering Intern, Wheeler Avenue), punctuation (no periods after abbreviations; watch for use of commas, colons and semicolons); do not use confusing or inaccurate phrasing. NEVER USE personal pronouns (i.e. I, my, them, their, we, us, etc.). 

Some FREE sources to submit your resume:
1) Career Counselor: if you are a current or former student at a university or college go to the career center! I'd advise going to the adviser specific for your major.  They have years of experience, know the current trends, and are in contact with corporations that are hiring. Plus your tuition debt pays their use the sources you payed for already instead of paying additional fees to websites like monster or zip-recruiter demand for in-depth reviews.

College/University Career websites can be taken advantage of by those that are not students. I found that other than the Computer Science resumes I liked the resumes provided by Engineering Majors.

2) Local Library: Look at the resources provided by your public library. The public libraries offer weekly resume & career help for FREE to the public. You just walk in. SO use those resources your taxes pay for.
3) Goodwill:.... Yes, the thrift store. Their website has a career section, they offer free resources for career advise and resume workshops.  Look up the physical locations near you if you want someone to walk-thru your resume with you.
4) Google: resume templates & outlines are very useful however I would have someone in the industry or with work experience in HR to review the resume for human errors and then faux pas that the computer wouldn't detect.

***Pinterest & Instagram had some eye-catching resumes or ideas to make a portfolio
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