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Demonstrating Your Tech-knowledgy Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

Back in the days when faxing and mailing resumes was the new thing, technical keywords were important to list on your resume, but now they are essential. Omitting tech knowledge from your profile is akin to having cookies without the milk (unless of course you are lactose intolerant).

These days most companies are using applicant tracking systems or job board search engines to find and source candidates. This means that the content of your resume is far more important than the way it is formatted. I still remember the glorious days of the pink and yellow-colored documents that came in the mail, one whose owner actually added a dab of cologne to it. In some cases, the recruiter won’t know what your resume actually looks like until you’re planted in the chair across their desk. So, while it is important to make it look good, you first need to make sure it gets discovered in the black hole of electronic resumes.

Most jobs require some sort of technology aptitude. Those of you in the IT world know that people who know Citrix are very different than those who know NT. Similarly, Mac users and Windows XP can provide excellent lunch conversation when debating about the merits of each.

That being said, make sure to list the software that you are proficient in on your resume along with the current version numbers. As you know, in the tech world, excelling at version 3.0, when the world is on 5.0 can be very different. Listing your tech-knowledgy (and spelling everything correctly) is one of the ways to guarantee an appearance of your resume during an electronic search.

Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
Only list skills on your resume that you truly have. Recruiters will disqualify you if you cannot demonstrate these skills during an interview. And in this market, there are many more people waiting to take your place in line. Be honest and you will win the race!
 
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!