Many professionals spend time on side projects that relate to their profession. In some cases, they use their skills as members of the gig economy, effectively taking on smaller assignments as a side hustle. In others, pros take on side projects for personal reasons, such as growing their skills or trying something new that interests them.
Regardless of the reason, your side projects can make great additions to your resume. They give you a chance to showcase your capabilities as well as your passion for the work. If you want to position yours properly on your resume, here’s what you need to know.
Everyone knows you only have a few moments to catch the attention of the hiring manager with your resume. That means having a high-quality document is essential to landing the position, regardless of the level. To help you stand out from the crowd, here are a few resume tips for CIOs that can work for anyone hoping to land their dream job.
Focus on the Target Position, Not Your Current One
One common mistake is to provide too many details about the daily work you do today. While giving recruiters or hiring managers insight into your experience is important, focusing on the minutia doesn’t provide them with any value.
Instead, you need to translate how your experience applies to the target position. This typically involves reviewing accomplishments and not your day-to-day duties. Highlight applicable examples that are relevant to the job you want, and you’ll make a much better impression.
Watch Out for Jargon
While other IT professionals may appreciate your use of industry terminology, not everyone who reviews your application may be as well-versed in the tech-specific jargon as you. And if they aren’t, that means they won’t understand the content of your resume.
To be effective, your resume needs to walk the line between technical accuracy and clear communication. Often, you can use phrases that are in the job posting, as these can be necessities if your application will be reviewed by an applicant tracking system first. Just make sure that the rest of your technical jargon can be easily understood by someone who may not have the same level of expertise in the field.
Be Concise, But Thorough
When you list accomplishments or skills on your resume, it’s important to get to the point quickly. This often means using short, concise descriptions that convey the relevant whats, whens and wheres associated with the details.
However, being concise doesn’t mean you should be abrupt or leave out important information as a method of restricting the length of a bullet point. If certain details are relevant to the target position, make sure to include them. Just make sure to keep things focused along the way.
Review for Errors
Once you’ve filled out your resume, it’s vital to review it for mistakes. Spelling and grammar errors won’t make a great impression and could send your application sent straight into the discard pile.
After going over it yourself, get a trusted friend, colleague or staffing professional to review the document. Sometimes, another set of eyes can help make sure nothing gets overlooked. That way, you end up with a high-quality, error-free resume that is more likely to catch the hiring manager’s attention for all of the right reasons.
If you are interested in learning more or would like assistance with your job search, the professionals at The Armada Group can provide you with the information and support you need. Contact us to see how our services can help you land your dream job today.