Techno-speak began with one word: computer. Now it is a language unto its own, with multiple operating systems, countless software and databases, web environments and programming languages. And new acronyms spring up daily it seems (CAD, CICS, DB2, LAN, MSCE, SQL), adding to the growing techno-speak dictionary. What is the best resume strategy for the I.T. practitioner to employ? Will Human Resources “get it” if the resume reads like a mini techno-speak dictionary?
Speak the Language
Of course you need to include techno-speak to sufficiently establish your I.T. credentials. Achieve this by creating a Technical Skills summary on the first page, or creating an addendum of technical skills if you have accumulated a vast amount of expertise. Alternatively, write a bullet or two under each position that list the technical skills you used to design, solve, test or implement. But, and this is crucial, your resume cannot consist only of techno-speak as human resources folk are not reliably conversant in this language.
Remember the Bottom Line
No employer is solely interested in what languages you know, or what software you have worked with. What is far more compelling is in knowing what your knowledge and skill has meant to past employers’ bottom lines. How have you impacted savings and earnings in service delivery, product enhancements, and debugging solutions?
If you speak only I.T. lingo, without linking it to profit, you aren’t considering what motivates your reader. Tie what you did to business, to profits, to the industry in which your worked, to a leading company for which you worked, or to solutions. Now you’ve got the reader’s attention.
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