HOW TO PLAN YOUR VISIT TO THE JOB MARKET ZOO
Your Way Out of the Resume Jungle
Let’s be real. It used to be somewhat cut-and-dry.
You put a basic 1-page (or maybe 2-page) tech resume (or résumé) together, worked a few connections or answered a few “classifieds,” and felt pretty certain the right tech job opportunity would come along. Then if you worked hard (got the right certs) and didn’t burn too many bridges, you most likely had a fairly secure technical career path ahead of you perhaps even with the same company.
Along came social media and the heavy rise in recruiting and HR “automation” efforts. Pretty soon, hiring folks were blasting out all kinds of resume “advice,” much of it contradictory and even a bit nonsensical, leaving candidates to try and sift through the maze of mixed signals.
All in all, the whole process turned into a zoo filled with uncertainty.
But we have good news! Just because the market is uncertain, you don’t have to be!
Maybe you are looking for resume help with your CIO resume or engineering resume (or something in between)?
Perhaps you are needing or wanting resume writing tips that will help you find a job as an IT Project Manager?
You know you need resume help but you’re understandably wary. I mean, don’t you want to invest in something that actually works?
By watching the technical job market closely for the last 14 years and serving as a technical career adviser to various industry news outlets, what we’ve discovered is that too many “experts” either grossly overestimate or underestimate the role the resume plays in the hiring process. Because they fail to track and measure results, they all tend to miss what actually works, relying instead on conjecture and opinion.
Here’s what our research has shown …
A resume portfolio approach combined with strategic positioning in the technical job market is 5x more effective than just the standard resume spray-and-pray method!
Yes, you still need a solid chronological technical resume (no matter what you may hear) geared toward a very specific audience, but when done properly, having addenda to go along with the IT resume or technical resume (and LinkedIn profile) can be much more effective (and much more likely to be read), provide flexibility, and prepare you for the varied hiring scenarios that are out there.
The job market is not uniform; different companies have different priorities.
It’s why it’s more important than ever you give yourself a leg up and prepare for this reality.
Our Technical / IT Resume Portfolio Options
- Resume & Cover Letter Design (Click Here to download your FREE Resume Portfolio Sample Book!)
- Infographic Resume Design
- LinkedIn Profile Design & Optimization
- Portfolio Page Customization: Personal Marketing Brief/Project Highlights Brief
- Problem-Solutions-Results (PSR) or Innovation page
- Testimonials page
- Executive bio
With tech professionals changing jobs every 3 to 4 years, consulting/contracting on the rise, and fierce competition for promotions, we knew it was time to try something based on how the market is actually working today, not on how it was 10, 15, even 5 years ago.
Portfolios provide depth and versatility to cut through all the corporate hiring goo. (Click Here to download your FREE Resume Portfolio Book!)
For more, check out our presentation: WHAT IS A TECHNICAL RESUME PORTFOLIO, AND WHY YOU NEED ONE
“With your help…[t]he result was a 21% salary bump and an additional week of vacation!” Alex B. (Sr. Project Manager & Manufacturing Engineer, Rochester, NY)
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