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."
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.
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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