How to list computer skills on your resume —

You can maximize your computer skills on your resume by using specifics. All too often data in resumes is presented quite vaguely, leaving the hiring manager to wonder what the candidate really knows, and what skills they actually have. This is especially true in regards to Computer Skills, whether the applicant is an office worker, cashier, human resources manager, sales professional, or an IT professional.

For example, an office worker may feel it’s enough to list skills in this manner: “Technically proficient in Microsoft Office and other software”, or “proficient in computers”

After reading the above, the hiring manager may very well wonder what other software? What part of Microsoft Office – all or only Word & Excel? And what version?

When your resume raises more questions than it answers, it’s no longer effective. To maximize your information, include specifics. For example, the previous statement should read like this:

Technically proficient in Microsoft Office (Premium 2000), including Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, Access, PowerPoint, Front Page, and Photo Draw. Additional expertise in Word Perfect, Quicken, Peachtree Accounting, Lexis-Nexus, and Westlaw.

At a glance, the above provides instant and specific data to a hiring manager.

However, a candidate – especially in the IT field – should go one step further and provide years or months of experience.

In today’s competitive job market, hiring managers demand that information on resumes be well-prioritized and specific. It’s not enough to state that you have proficiency in Microsoft Word. You must state how many months or years of experience you have or your level of expertise, whether it’s beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Hiring managers will not call you in for an interview, nor will they test your skills unless they are first provided this essential data, they wont call you if they are left with questions, they will move on to the candidate that has made it clear and they know has the experience they need.

The nature of IT is ever-evolving. Therefore, an IT professional should showcase relevant skills as specifically and completely as possible.

This includes organizing technical data into subheadings, which include:

1. Software
2. Hardware
3. Operating Systems
4. Programming Languages
5. Software Packages
6. Databases
7. Any other technical proficiencies

One way to present this data would be a simple listing. For example:

Computer Skills

LAN Administration: Windows 2000 Server, Windows NT 3.51/4.0, Novell 3.12/4.1.
Operating Systems: Windows 2000/NT/XP, Windows 98/95, Macintosh OS.
Software: Microsoft SQL, SNA, SMS , Site Server & IIS, CA XCOM, SAS, Microsoft Visual Studio, Source Safe, Cognos Enterprise Server, Lotus Notes, Microsoft Exchange, AS/400-Windows Connectivity Applications, cc:Mail , Multiple Windows Communications Applications.
Productivity Software: Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project.
Hardware: PCs, Compaq Servers, HP NetServers, IBM NetFinity Servers, AS400 20, SCO Unix OpenServer, Macintosh.
Certifications: Candidate for MCDBA, Candidate for CCNA/CCDA, Candidate for MCSE, Microsoft Certified System Administrator, Novell Certified Administrator, Novell Certified Engineer.

An even more effective way to maximize technical data is to provide specific information in an easy-to-read format. For example:

Technical Skills


Oracle 8/8i/9i, 4 years
SQL Server 6.5/7.0/2000, 6 years
Microsoft Access, 6 years
MySQL, 6 months

Operating Systems:

UNIX , 4 years
LINUX, 4 years
Windows Operating Systems, 12 years
DOS, 12 years
Macintosh, 4 years

Programming Languages:

ShellScript, 3 years
PL/SQL, 4 years
ASP, 5 years
JAVA/JSP, 1 year
JavaScript, 5 years
DHTML, 3 years

Oracle Utilities:

SQL Navigator, 4 years
TOAD, 2 years
Oracle *Net, 4 years
Import/Export, 3 years
SQL *Loader, 3 years
Enterprise Manager, 3 years
Performance Manager, 2 years

The above example has easily obtainable and understood data that is specific and enhances an applicant’s candidacy.

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What does SEO have to do with your resume?

Search Engine Optimization, it’s so important these days.  Your website doesn’t get attention unless you’re properly optimized, right?  It has to have relevant keywords so that when someone is searching for things relevant to them, or a need they have, then they find YOU to meet their needs! 

So what does Search Engine Optimization (SEO) have to do with your resume? 

One of the biggest technological changes in the employment/hiring industry today is the incorporation of software and algorithms that are used to read your resume.  That’s right, people don’t sift through stacks and stacks of resumes anymore, there are just too many.  Most of the time when you upload your resume to apply for a job, it gets sent through scanning software that is searching for keywords that are relevant to the prospective employers’ needs. 

So, just like your website won’t get attention unless it’s properly optimized, it’s the same with your resume.  It will never find itself in the hands of a hiring manager, a real live person, to be impressed and wowed by its content unless it passes the software scan and GETS NOTICED. 

With today’s ever-changing technologies it’s always a good idea to have expert advice when it comes to something as important as your career.  Professional resume writers stay up-to-date and current on all the latest trends that most people might have never considered.  When you hire a professional resume writer, extensive research is done making sure that your resume is loaded with relevant keywords to that specific industry so that it will actually get read by a human… giving you a fighting chance in this competitive job market!

Feel free to call us @ 321-635-9200 or shoot us an email if you have any questions or need any advice regarding writing your resume.

#1 Sign Your Resume is Outdated

In today’s economy it’s harder than ever to get a job when you are competing with HUNDREDS of qualified people.  In many cases, the economy has forced people with highly developed skill sets, major college degrees, and tons of experience to apply for jobs they are overqualified for.  (For example, remember the ad in Florida Today about the man with an MBA who is now a bagger at Publix?)  With this in mind, you can bet your competition in the job market is tough to say the least.  There are hundreds of people competing with you for every job you’re interested in, and you can bet several of them are more qualified than you too. 

So how do you stand out?  How do you get recognized?  How can you show your prospective employer that you are relevant to their company? 

Is your resume relevant?  Or is it totally old school and majorly outdated? 

The #1 sign that your resume is outdated is if you have an objective section on your resume.   This is a very old school, passe technique in resume writing.  BEWARE if you are being given resume writing or job search advice and someone tells you about an objective. 

Let’s think about it… Your resume is the most important marketing tool you can possess.  It outlines your skills, abilities, education, professional expereince, accomplishments and achievements, etc.  Your resume should be completely focused on a specific career path.  If you have more than one prospective career path, it’s a good idea to have more than one resume.  The resume should be targeted towards the prospective job target. 

So if your resume is so vague that it has to have an OBJECTIVE SECTION… (To acquire a full time position as a __________ in which I can utilize my organizational skills and help contribute to improving your company productivity.) then let’s face it, YOUR RESUME IS NOT DOING ITS JOB!

Your resume’s CONTENT as a whole should already clearly state your objective, without really stating it.  Plus, the very fact that you are sending in your resume implies that you are interested in that position.  Do you really need to say it at the top of your resume?  Resume real estate is very valuable, don’t waste space with needless (and silly) things. 

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