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IT Resume Revamp: Spotlight On IT Consultants

Job hopping means that IT consultants often struggle to keep resume length manageable. Our expert helps make over one job candidate's IT resume.

Meet Deron Lespoir, an SAP training consultant with more than 10 years of experience managing learning initiatives for big-name companies. Lespoir wraps up a five-month contract with Viacom/MTV in December and has his sights set on landing another contract opportunity -- six months or longer -- ideally in the New York City area.

Lespoir's experiences fall into two categories: managerial roles and training roles. As a manager, he's responsible for a company's SAP training lifecycle: hiring other trainers and content developers, understanding organizational learning needs and current processes, and then developing a strategy and training plan to facilitate that. On the training side, he is responsible for understanding the company's business processes, developing training materials, and facilitating employee training.

He told us he is looking for a leadership role next. "The one thing I love about my jobs is that [they're] people-based. In every organization, you have easygoing people and difficult people. It's all about being able to relate to them, and I have a great track record with that."

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Lespoir met with Felix Fermin, senior technical recruiter with the IT recruiting firm Mondo, to fine-tune his resume for his next job. Here's a look at the resume's positives and negatives, plus how they reworked the resume to better showcase his experience and strengths.

[View the original resume.]

IT resume revamp: The good
Fermin gave Lespoir high marks for having a useful summary, a clean design, and using active language in his bullet points.

Overview is informative: Fermin said the overview paragraph at the top of a resume is one of the most important sections, because this is what hiring managers scan to determine whether a candidate is a good fit. Lespoir did a good job of adding important buzzwords that Fermin would seek, such as SAP, ERP systems, leadership skills, and communication skills. Including the particular SAP modules, plus his involvement in three full-lifecycle SAP implementations, were good examples of highlighting his proficiencies and accomplishments up front.

Format is simple and clean: In addition, Fermin praised Lespoir for his resume's simple, clean design and format. "Some resumes I see tend to get a little too crazy with the graphics and colors, which can be fine if you're a web developer or graphic designer, but not if you're in a role like his." Bolding the job title and company, using italics to denote the industry, and using a bulleted list made the resume easily readable.

Strong vocabulary: Lespoir's bullet points under each job used strong verbs to describe his roles and responsibilities. Fermin encourages job seekers to add active words here.

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User Rank: Ninja
11/17/2013 | 4:44:56 PM
Re: Your personal IT resume pet peeve?
I review a lot of resumes. Some things that drive me crazy are:


- Buzzword bingo: The listing of every technology or piece of hardware you have ever laid a finger on, in the hopes that when your resume is searched by agencies, it hits more keywords than others and floats to the top of the pile. If it's on the resume, be prepared to answer questions about it, and "I racked it once" doesn't count as "experience".


- Anything over 3 pages: How long, exactly, do you think we have to spend on each resume? On a more helpful note, if you don't get my (positive) attention on the first page, how likely am I to look at the following pages?


- Hobbies: It's a personal thing perhaps, but I really don't care if you are into brewing beer, origami and reading in your spare time. Most people, I would guess, lie about this stuff anyway to try and sound more impressive.


- Bad speling and grammer: If you cant be bothered to speel chek you're resume - the thign your hoping wil gte you this job - and can't make sure that what written you've sense makes, then it doesn't lead me to have much hoep about the qualty of your potential work in my organization.

User Rank: Strategist
11/16/2013 | 5:06:07 PM
@virsingh211: It's undersstandable that a job applicant would want to maximize their potential value. I think the biggest mistake we make in applying for jobs is to think about our resume as a static thing that, once written, never changes.

In my experience, the best thing to do is to tailor the resume to the specific job you are applying for. So if that job ad mentions specific skills, focus on those, and what you accomplished in previous positions using those skills. Leave the rest as a "mention" at the end.

The chronological-list resume is less important to me as a hiring manager than a resume that sums up your skills and accomplishments on the first page, reltative to the position you're applying for. Chronological list can go on second page for me to scan as I need it.
User Rank: Strategist
11/16/2013 | 4:51:35 PM
I agree, we do tend to mention each and every technology we have ever touched or worked just to double sure the best opputunity with highest salary in industry and i guess this is trend and required today, employers seek for employees with one experianced skill and overview of related/ parented tech.
User Rank: Strategist
11/15/2013 | 2:37:34 PM
The thing that drives me crazy is the long resume in which the person lists every single tiny thing they've ever done.

I want to know basic job description and then highlights of what the person accomplished in previous roles. Did they just do the job, or did they actually accomplish or change something in their time there. That's what I look for in hiring.
User Rank: Author
11/15/2013 | 10:12:32 AM
Your personal IT resume pet peeve?
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