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5 Mistakes to Avoid in a Tech Resume

It would be a waste if you have all the right set of skills as a Tech professional yet a poor resume that does no justice to highlight your potential.

 

You can get stuck in a loop of rejection the moment you start framing a resume outline that is not impactful. A poor resume outline may end up costing you a job opportunity rather than facilitating your job search even if you are a qualified individual.

 

We have listed 5 mistakes that you should avoid at all costs while framing your Tech Resume to raise your chances of being shortlisted by the recruiters.

  1. Lying on your resume

Do ‘NOT’ lie on your resume in any shape or form. Exaggerating your profile title, writing skills that you do not carry, listing roles and responsibilities that you never held, forging educational details all count as being purposefully deceitful.

 

Additionally, even if you managed to score the job, you would not be able to handle the responsibilities of that specific job profile and fail to meet the goals of the organization.

 

It is strongly advised to only write accurate and honest details in your Tech resume. Be specific about your capabilities and avoid embellishing the details of your career trajectory.

  1. Unnecessarily lengthy paragraphs to write the professional experience section

Whichever resume format you opt for, using lengthy paragraphs to state your professional experience is a strict no. Bulky looking resumes with not enough white space tones down the impact of your statements and may fail to communicate your true potential to the recruiters.

 

Lengthy paragraphs can deter the recruiters from fully going through your resume. An average recruiter spends close to 7 seconds while analyzing a resume. Hence, an unnecessarily lengthy resume is sure to discourage any recruiter from reading it.

 

Using one-liner points instead of paragraphs to describe your professional experience makes it easier for the recruiter to read your resume. Furthermore, bolding the highlights of your career and organizing these one-liners under relevant buckets increases the comprehensibility of your resume.

 

Example:

 

Database Operations

  • Managed, configured, and planned any activities related to the active data servers
  • Implemented 100% secure features and formulated backup & recovery procedures

As you can observe in the above example, 2 similar points are grouped under the bucket, “Database Operations” and the most important aspects of these points have been bolded for better visibility.

  1. Framing unrelated work experience and skills

If you have previous experience in unrelated fields to the Tech job you are targeting now, leaving it off your resume is a good idea unless they somehow strongly demonstrate your relevant qualifications.

 

Avoid mentioning any position or skill that does not support you as a Tech professional. However, if you have limited work experience, you can mention your less relevant job profiles but ensure that you can demonstrate how it helped you prepare for the Tech profile you are targeting now.

 

Irrelevant details waste your as well as the recruiters’ time. The recruiter will lose interest in your resume as soon as they look upon trivial details on your resume.

 

Example: If you are writing an Azure Developer resume then make sure that you only list relevant skills on resume like Powershell, Office 365, JavaScript, etc..

  1. Forgoing achievements when listing duties

Although it is important to give the recruiters an idea of your daily activities and the responsibilities that came with it, however, if you fail to highlight your contributions, the mention of duties alone will have no impact on the recruiter.

 

Mentioning achievements in the form of performance figures helps the recruiter recognize the extent of results you can achieve.

 

  1. Mentioning wrong contact details

Imagine being shortlisted for a job but missing out on the chance because you failed to give out your correct contact details. It is probably one of the most careless mistakes one can make.

 

Avoid making typing errors or giving out the wrong contact details like an inactive number or an unprofessional email address. These are the most common sources of communication between you and the recruiter so double-check whatever information you put down on your resume.

 

None of the contact details that you give out should be related to your previous job or residence as it can be very inconvenient for both you and the recruiters.

 

Conclusion

We have come to the end of our article. We would like to wrap up with the mistakes that you need to avoide while framing your Tech resume:

 

  • Never lie on your resume as it may jeopardize your chances of being shortlisted for the targeted job.
  • Do not write lengthy paragraphs to describe the details of your professional experience.
  • Do not mention any unrelated work experience or skills in your Tech resume.
  • Make sure that you mention your achievements while listing your duties.
  • Be very careful not to make mistakes while giving out your contact details.