Aug 21, 2018 - 06:03 PM
Those applying to tech jobs often have advanced word processing skills. However, it’s best not to get too complicated. Just because you can set up tables, narrow margins, and graphic organizers doesn’t mean you should. While you may want to integrate a unique design if you’re looking to do graphic design for a tech company, in general your document should be easy to scan, with an appropriate layout that uses white space to separate sections.
Another common error is to list incorrect skills or fail to balance hard skills with soft skills. While you want to share your technical knowledge, a skills list that doesn’t also include people skills may not get you to the interview. Also, it’s sometimes wise to have a shorter list that has keywords from the job description rather than a long list of skills the recruiter doesn’t specifically ask for, such as a bullet point for each programming language you know.
Finally, see that your resume doesn’t get too long. A page is often just the right length; for jobs requiring more experience or managerial skills, two pages can work as well. Resist the temptation to outline every work experience you’ve ever had.