Many contractors see the improving economy as a lure back to full-time work. See how our expert remade one IT consultant's resume to help him stand out in a sea of candidates.
Glenn Wilder has held a mix of contract and full-time work over the past decade. Most recently, he wrapped up a four-month project manager consultant gig with Time Warner Media. He told us he wants a full-time position next, ideally in a project manager position with business analyst responsibilities.
"I've used contracting as a fill-in-the-blanks approach," he said. "When the economy is tight, contracting is a great way to stay busy and learn a new trick along the way."
Wilder met with Felix Fermin, recruitment manager with IT recruiting firm Mondo, to fine-tune his resume for making the leap from consulting to full-time work. Here's a look at the resume's positives and negatives, plus how they reworked it to better show his experience and strengths.
The good Fermin commended Wilder's overall resume design. His use of all-caps subheads, bold fonts, and bullet points made the abundance of information in his resume easier to read.
Wilder's overview of qualifications used buzzwords that hiring managers look for in project managers, Fermin said, as well as achievement-oriented details, such as his high customer-satisfaction rate and revenue goals.
In his experience section, Wilder differentiated between full-time and consulting work with different uses of bullet points. He grouped consecutive consulting engagements together under one bullet point and described each one in more detail below. Full-time work was called out separately in its own bullet point. Fermin said that clearly differentiating the two -- and specifically calling out full-time experience -- is an effective way to approach a work history with a mix of the two.
Fermin also gave Wilder high marks for his use of strong action verbs such as "deployed" and "coordinated," and for including plenty of detail in describing his various roles.
The bad At nearly four pages long, Fermin said that Wilder's resume is much too long. "IT resumes tend to be longer than an accountant's or marketing manager's, for example, but you still want to keep them at two to three pages," he said. "Especially when you have a lot of contract work, you're tempted to put in every single engagement. But you don't want to do that."
Fermin said that a project manager's attention to detail at work transfers to a resume, which contributed to the resume's long length. It also included
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