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  • I have a close friend with 25 years if IT industry experience who once told me “In IT, it’s all about your skill set. Everything else is secondary”. When preparing your IT resume, you want to be sure to adhere to the general resume writing guideline of giving your reader the most important content early in the document to ensure that even the briefest scan by an HR Manager picks up the most vital information in seconds.

    In most resumes, it is customary to relegate the technical skills to the bottom of the resume. After all, for a mortgage broker, the technical skill set won’t be nearly as important as other areas of their experience. But for the IT profesional, the technical skill set should be more detailed and placed near the top above the professional experience.

    To better organize the information, I recommend grouping the skill sets so that similar programs, packages and languages appear together. Again, this makes it easier for the reader to find the information that is important to them first.

    Technical resumes may be more difficult to write because of the specificity of the language, but the goal is still the same: GIVE THE READER WHAT THEY NEED, AND DO IT QUICKLY! Employ strategies that successfully achieve this and you already hold an advantage over 85% of your competition.

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    William Mitchell, CPRW
    http://www.theresumeclinic.com
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  • resume writerFinding yourself at a career crossroad is more common than one would think. You’ve gained 10+ years of experience in a particular profession and one day you wake up and realize that you’ve been doing what you “should” do and not what you “want” to do. While I am often asked to provide advice in this are, I usually defer as I feel this is not only a personal preference, but I think that there are many factors that can come into play in determining whether or not a change is feasible.If your career/job change is going mean a financial impact, how does this affect your family? Getting the support of your significant other is important in the effort to struggle through the tough times you’ve got ahead. Are you already working on developing the skill set you will need for the next position? Sign up for training and buy used books that will help you to develop the qualifications necessary to do the job.

    When asked for advice in this area, I usually indicate that it is personal choice. I have always been a proponent of going after the dream, but one also has to consider the collateral consequences, along with their personal temperament.

    When ready to make the shift, a resume has to be drafted accordingly. Remember, most of your background and experience will be in a different area than you’re targeting, so the standard resume just won’t do. Your resume will need to focus the reader on the new skill set and training.

    Changing careers can make for an exciting (or scary) time. If you’ve got the guts, support of loved ones, and prepared accordingly, you should be fine.

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    William Mitchell, CPRW
    http://www.theresumeclinic.com
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  • resume writerIf you are planning to apply for a position as an office administrator, your resume can serve a dual purpose. Since one of the responsibilities of the job you’re seeking is likely to be document generation, your resume and cover letter serves as an example of the quality of document you will be generating for your future employer. As such, the resume and cover letter should not only be perfect from the standpoint of what can be seen, but also those aspect of the document that are unseen.

    When you hit “ctrl/shift-8” when your resume is open in MS Word, it reveals all of the keystrokes in the document. If your job will be to generate documents for the company, you don’t want stray spaces, tabs, and line breaks arbitrarily located throughout the resume and cover letter. Now, if we write your resume for you, this would of course be taken care of, but if you are going it alone, be sure to tidy up the resume by showing the keystrokes and finding your stray marks.

    It would be a shame to lose a position because of a technically sloppy resume.

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    William Mitchell, CPRW
    http://www.theresumeclinic.com
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  • resume writerAs a small business owner, there are usually many things to be concerned about to keep the business profitable and afloat. While the specifics differ somewhat from business to business, the underlying foundational concern is always the same:

    “How do I keep more money in my pocket?”

    Over the past few months, I’d been taking a long, hard look at The Resume Clinic as I feel the business is at a crossroads. No, we’re definitely in no danger of shutting doors. In fact, healthy growth is projected in the near future. The question is how to handle it.

    While the pursuit of additional revenue is the common strategy for seeking higher profitability, I feel that increased efficiency is an overlooked strategy. Improving your processes should result in les time spent on each project or task, leaving more time and resources available for marketing, administration, or additional projects. You end up imcreasing your income per unit of effort.

    The Resume Clinic is a customer-first business. We never want to grow to the point of sacrificed product quality or service. We’ll be thinking efficiency first.

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    William Mitchell, CPRW
    http://www.theresumeclinic.com
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  • resume writerWhen you are looking to advance to the next level within your current company, you are advised to “dress for job you want, not the one you have”. People have to begin to see you in the role and recognize a fit. Just as the clothes speak to your goals, so does your office, cubicle and/desk.

    When transforming your work area to one that communicates success, purge it of any and all juvenile humor items. That’s right, it’s time to take the “Hang in There, Baby … It’s Friday” cat poster off the wall. Also, be extra sure you remove any of those newspaper clippings or coffee mugs that joke about how bad the job is, how tired you are, or how “postal” you’re about to go. No one is going to promote a seemingly disgruntled employee.

    Instead, see about decorating the area with positive messages that promote leadership, enthusiasm, hope and teamwork. Good management involves the maintenance of a positive attitude and when your supervisors feel a positive vibe from you and your surroundings, you’re half-way home.

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    William Mitchell, CPRW
    http://www.theresumeclinic.com
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  • Since the country is caught up in the presidential election, I thought it would be a good idea to give my thoughts on a few things. Now, first of all, I am a Democrat (would probably qualify as a moderate one). However, I am not one of the many people who believe anyone who is not in my party must be lunatic of some sort. After all, can millions of people have the same psychosis? I think not. I believe it to simply be a case of priorities. But I digress.

    What I wanted to address was the Sarah Palin pick by McCain. Now, while she is experiencing some situations that are common to Americans, it is a public relations mess … especially for a Republican candidate! The way I see it, the Republicans decided after the Obama speech at the DNC to make a splash to steal his thunder and out comes the rabbit from the hat. This woman was on nobody’s radar for the VP selection.

    Now, I don’t know what type of VP she would make, but it seems to me to be more of a desperate move to go after straggler supporters of Hillary Clinton. But the joke will be on them because Hillary Clinton got her votes for being a tough and experienced candidate, not because she’s a woman. There can be no way her background was thoroughly checked out before they put her on the ticket. Even if she’s potentially the best VP ever, she (and McCain for selecting her) will take beating over the next two months.

    I believe when it is all said and done, they’ll gravely regret making this move.

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    William Mitchell, CPRW
    http://www.theresumeclinic.com
    Order a free resume critique today!

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