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Despite how rapidly the IT field is growing, it can be difficult to get a job, especially if you're lacking experience. The best way to ensure yourself a career in IT is by having an amazing resume. If you are looking for advice on actually forming a great resume you can check out sites like Dice.com, ITResume.org and ITWorld.com. Once you're finished with your resume, you should review it and fix any mistakes you find. Here are a few resume mistakes that are often made by IT professionals.
The first thing you should look for when reviewing your resume for mistakes is incorrect spellings, especially when it comes to your technologies. Your potential employer will still have a very hard time believing you are proficient at a technology you don't even know how to spell. Even if the misspelling happens to be a complete accident, your employer probably won't know that or think to assume that, especially if you misspell the same technology multiple times.
Also, in some cases, a misspelling can cause an employer to think you are a proficient in a completely different language than what you meant. For example, it would be bad for an employer to think you know how to code in PEARL rather than Perl, which can be a very easy mistake for someone to make.
Many IT professionals make the mistake of adding technologies they've never personally supported or used to their resume. Although adding more technologies, even if you've only been exposed to them, to your resume will make you look good, it is not a good idea because it will eventually come to bite you.
You will look really bad to your potential employer if he asks you to explain one of the technologies you know, and you have a hard time. Therefore, only include things on your resume you can explain very well in an interview. Also, if you manage to get away with putting a technology you don't know how to use in an interview, you will eventually get caught if you get the job. In the future, your knowledge of every technology you claim to know will be tested.
Put Specific Dates
When it comes to employment history part of your resume, make sure you put down specific dates. If possible, don't use as dates for your resume. For example, you should try to avoid putting down Spring 2011 to Fall 2011. Instead, you would put something down like 3/12/11 to 9/24/11. The reason why you should do this is because missing dates may make your potential employer wrongly assume you have a gap in your employment when that isn't the case.
Also, if you actually happen to have a gap in your employment, it's best not to try and hide it. Just prepare yourself to have to discuss and explain the gap in employment.
Leave off Irrelevant Certifications and Skills
Even though you want to make yourself seem as skilled as possible, it's best to leave of your certifications that have expired, or your skills that are completely irrelevant to the job you're applying to. Doing so may give your potential employer the impression that you're adding unnecessary skills to compensate for a lack of useful skills.
Even if you're perfect for the job, a resume riddled with the above resume mistakes may prevent you for attaining your dream job in the IT field.