IT Resume Revamp: Senior IT Consultant

Senior IT consultants face unique challenges in keeping resumes concise. Here's how an expert remade one professional's resume, plus tips to polish yours.

that he was hesitant to leave out. As someone who is responsible for hiring, he was able to acknowledge that he rarely reads past the second page [in resumes he reviews], which made it easier for him to see that length does matter."

Fermin suggested that he cut out his three work experiences from 1981 through 1988, because his more recent experience is more important. They agreed to keep in his tenure at Accenture, which lasted from 1988 to 1991, because Accenture is an important name in consulting.

Next, Fermin and Thukral worked to reshape the information under each job title to focus on his achievements.

[See the updated resume.]

For example, Thukral changed one bullet point from "Assisted Provider Services with development of a business case to implement comprehensive network performance management & contracting processes across the enterprise" to "Developed a business case and design to implement comprehensive network performance management & contracting processes for Provider Services."

Fermin's pointers and editing suggestions helped Thukral condense his resume from three pages to two. Thukral said he's pleased with his updated resume.

"I was worried about leaving out important information, which is why my resume was longer," Thukral said. "He had good advice for cutting it down. I think the resume looks and reads better. It's a lot more concise."

IT consultant resumes: Four tips
Because IT consultants hop from project to project, they need to approach their resume a little differently from their counterparts in full-time roles. Here are four tips from Mondo's director of recruitment, Vik Nath.

  • Call out teamwork. "Consultants have to partner with internal client stakeholders and full-time employees," Nath said. "As such, consultants should highlight specific situations where they've effectively partnered and how they've accomplished project milestones."
  • Use metrics. As was the case with Thukral's resume, IT consultants need to focus details on accomplishments, rather than responsibilities. "Traditional resumes used to focus on what you're responsible for versus what you've accomplished. Trends have recently changed where hiring managers want to see specific results," Nath said. "Some IT metrics are hard to quantify, but generally IT consultants can highlight increased efficiencies, reduced defects, and successful implementations."
  • Be wary of skills. Though it might be tempting to fill your resume with skills and technologies that you've used, be sure to include only the ones you're an expert with, Nath advised. "Candidates in the IT space generally list a variety of technologies they've touched on but aren't able to discuss these in depth during an interview. Resumes should be double-checked to remove technologies that aren't truly areas of expertise and where no prior practical experience exists."
  • Tailor your resume. Though it might be time consuming to tailor your resume to each consulting opportunity that you apply for, doing so will increase your chances of being hired. "Consultants tend to have one resume that's sent out for all of the roles they are targeting in their job search," Nath said. "The main challenge is that tailoring resumes for specific positions and clients is time-sensitive, which leads consultants to having one version that is broad rather than specific."

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