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How to Build a Technical Resume

by | May 5, 2021 | Business

You built up your technical skills and now it’s time to build your technical resume!

Tech jobs are jobs that use technical skills, knowledge, and experience. These technical positions are within the information technology, engineering, service fields. Examples of job titles in this field are IT administrators, software engineers, project managers, programmers, and web designers. 

Resume Summary

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In a summary, hiring managers and recruiters want to get a cut to the chase, elevator pitch of yourself. You can stand out by using numbers that prove your success. Almost everyone can say they have a background in programming languages and problem-solving skills. So show HOW you did those things. 

Answer these questions: How many years of experience do you have in the field? How many other employees did you lead or train? What did you do well? (Give numbers with it) What proven skills do you have? These are all great things to include in a summary and further in a technical resume.

If you struggle with having experience, share your full major, the clubs you were a part of, any leadership roles, and a course you strongly excelled in.

Work Experience Section

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In your work experience section of your technical resume, list your work history by breaking it down by each role. This way, potential employers will understand how your previous role relates to this possible role. 

Your work experience is more important than education because it shows you can actually do these roles, and not just learn about them. 

For the resume format, each role should list five to six bullet points that begin with strong past tense action verbs. In those bullet points, describe the job but REALLY describe it. How would you describe this role to someone who just began their first day? Be sure to include numbers where you had success. 

If you have no work experience because you on the job search for entry-level positions, use freelance projects, course projects, volunteer work, and club leadership experience.

Education Section

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For education on a technical resume, it is a very straightforward formatting option. But, in the bullet points share what your specific degree title is, what you specifically did well, and a GPA if it was an exceptional one. The general rule of thumb is 3.5 and above, but it is up to your discretion.

Education Section Resume Example:

Bachelor’s of [Arts/Science/Engineering/Business Administration/Etc.]

[University Name]

  • Received a degree in [degree] with a focus in [focus title]
  • Excelled in [specific skill done in a course/club]
  • GPA: X

Skills Section

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In a technical resume, you want to pick out key skills to highlight on your resume from the job description. For hard and soft skills, look at the description and see what skills you possess that fit with what they need.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are skills that are taught in a classroom or during job training. 

  • Coding knowledge
  • Consulting
  • Computer science skills
  • Computer skills
  • Data analysis 
  • Project management
  • Negotiation
  • Microsoft Office Skills
  • Troubleshooting

Soft Skills

Soft skills are interpersonal traits that you have. These are more meaningful because there is no direct on-the-job training for teamwork or motivation.

  • Adaptability
  • Agile
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision making
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving
  • Self-motivated
  • Stress management

Technical Specific Skills

This section is your spot to shine. Regardless of the position, you will want nearly every technical skill you have. Typically, this section is backed with many different programming languages.

  • Python
  • mySQL/SQL
  • C++ Language
  • Ruby
  • HTML 5
  • CSS
  • Java/Javascript

Other things to include in this section of your technical resume are certificates, awards, scholarships, a digital portfolio link, and activities such as blogs, articles, and clubs. 

For information on how to build a resume in generalcover letter, and interview, read more on the blog! If you are looking for exclusive information directly from companies, tune into The Internship Show episodes!

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