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Project resumes help you sell yourself

A project resume will highlight your accomplishments more effectively than a traditional resume. Project resumes help you sell yourself A project resume supplements or replaces traditional resume information with more in-depth information about the projects you have done, and is a more effective resume model for IT workers.

Dear Molly: I am a systems analyst and am looking for a new job. I have a couple years’ experience and have all the certifications I think I need. My question is about how to improve my resumé. I’ve been told by a few companies that declined to interview me that they weren’t sure I had the experience I needed to do the job, when I know I do. How can I make my resumé work for me instead of against me?

Molly says: Have you ever heard of a project resumé? Following a project style supplements or replaces the traditional resumé format–job title coupled with short descriptions of job duties–with more in-depth information about the projects you have done. A project resumé makes a lot of sense for many kinds of IT professionals because it highlights actual accomplishments and de-emphasizes job title. Since IT job titles are non-standard to say the least, a project resumé will help you be more assured that companies you’re targeting will see your potential.

To learn more about what to put on a project resumé and how to write one, visit the job sites that cater to IT professional, such as RHI Consulting and Dice.com. Look for resumés that quickly and effectively tell you how good someone is at what they do, and look for a few that describe a work history that’s similar to yours. Then tailor your resumé to the same style.

Molly Joss also writes the monthly Career Advisor column for ComputerUser magazine. Ask a career-related question at [email protected]

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