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9 Tips: Make Your IT Resume Stand Out

There's a fine line between grabbing a hiring manager's attention and making a complete fool of yourself. Consider these innovative ways to move your resume to the top of the pile.

6. LinkedIn. Okay, so it's not exactly revolutionary, but you'd be surprised at how many job seekers don't take advantage of the career networking site's powerful resume templates. You can turn your LinkedIn profile into a resume in mere seconds simply by picking a resume template and tailoring the content. Then you can share it with multiple networks and potential employers.

7. Twitter. In 2011, 89% of companies used social networks for recruiting. So why shouldn't Twitter serve as the perfect platform for a resume? Known as a 'twesume,' today's Twitter-resume hybrid challenges candidates to apply for positions in 140 characters or less. Best of all, a twesume can be tweeted or emailed any number of times in just seconds. (And just imagine the relief a 140-character resume will bring to overloaded hiring managers.)

8. Facebook. Even if you're irked by Facebook's constant updates, the social networking site's new timeline feature is a new way for you to illustrate your career--complete with pics and links--in chronological order. You may even want to leverage the social networking site's friendly and informal format to inject a little personality. "Some people include activities, hobbies, or personal interests in their resume to add a little color and humor," says Ripaldi. (Of course, more traditional hiring managers may not value such enhancements.)

Infographic Resume
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Infographic Resume

9. Infographics. Why list your credentials as text when you can show them, perhaps with pie charts and colorful columns? Tools ranging from to Adobe Illustrator let job seekers turn their resumes into fascinating infographics, chock-full of data and diagrams that are not only eye-catching but also easily digestible for harried IT recruiters.

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