Knowing what skills are important to put on an IT resume can make the difference in a job search.
When conducting an IT job search, it is important to include pertinent skills on your resume so that recruiters and hiring managers can match you up with the essential skills they are looking for in a candidate. The skills deemed pertinent to IT jobs today, however, are showing evidence of substantial shifts, and job seekers need to keep up with these shifts if they want to land quality jobs in the IT field.
It used to be that an IT employee could be primarily focused on having top-notch coding skills, letting the manager and other employees handle the "people" and business aspects of the job. This is no longer the case. Soft skills like collaboration and business know-how are cropping into many IT job descriptions, leaving some with a more traditional resume on the outside looking in.
Here are some unique skills to include on an IT resume (if you have them) as well as suggestions on how to demonstrate these skills concretely. Soft skills like these may be just what you need to help you stand out from other IT job candidates in the job search process.
1) Customer service skills
More and more, IT professionals are involved in projects for clients within and outside the company they work for. Being able to participate in or even conduct client meetings, handle constructive feedback and revision requests, and smooth over conflicts are important skills needed for many IT jobs.
2) Project management experience
Typically seen only in management jobs, many entry or mid-level positions now seek candidates with project management experience due to the increased level of collaboration in today's IT departments.
3) Business skills
Related to project management skills, business skills include the ability to understand how your work fits into company goals and business execution so that you deliver what is needed. This can be shown on a resume by highlighting projects you were involved with that improved the company's bottom line or helped them expand into new territory.
4. Collaboration skills
Some IT positions still work relatively well in isolation, but a growing number require increasing collaboration with a team or the entire department in order to do things well. Showing that you have collaborated on projects in a previous job and have had experience with team-building will help in this area.
No man (or woman) is an island in today's business climate. Collaboration skills are highly valued.
5. Cross-department skills
If you have skills for both IT and another department, such as HR or accounting, this could be a good fit for some positions. Job rotating is not yet a common occurrence, but continues to slowly grow as a technique.
6. Presentation skills
Being able to present your ideas and projects to your team, the executive team or to a conference elsewhere is an important skill for many IT positions. PowerPoint skills as well as experience in doing presentations and formal trainings will show that you can handle this part of the job.
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