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QUESTION: I’m applying for computer technology jobs. What do I need to know to write an effective resume?

Edward Lawrence, Getstarted LLC

An effective hi-tech resume is customized for the specific job-posting and uses a chronological format. Hi-tech managers want (1) problem-solvers who (2) love working with the specified tools and (3) are able to work as part of a team. Your hi-tech resume must demonstrate you meet all three criteria and be formatted so it is easy for the busy hi-tech manager to scan quickly.

Ruth Pankratz, Gabby Communication

Computer jobs mean different things to employers. Detail computer specifics that match the job need, such as programming, firmware, OS, graphics, multimedia, software programs, databases, or leading technical teams. State how you gained skills–classes, video tutorials, hands-on experience, etc.—including proficiency. Incorporate computer skills and accomplishments throughout the resume.

Jane Roqueplot, JaneCo's Sensible Solutions

The stereotype of technical workers as quiet and task-oriented isn’t used in hiring. Showcasing soft skills are vital in addition to the required hard skills. Use your DISCstyles Report to identify your innate interpersonal strengths, to understand “people-awareness,” “emotional intelligence,” and “diversity.” Becoming “DISC-literate” is easy as a first step for your effective résumé.

Sandra Allison, SA Resume Services

Add a Technical Skills section!
Choose a job posting that matches your goal. Note the preferred and required technology skills listed. Include hardware, software, mobile devices, apps, methodologies, tables, and tools. Categorize and create a dedicated Technical Skills section and place in the top third of your resume. If you are missing too many skills, this may not be the job for you.

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