Hello, I've been in the IT Industry for 7 years now and I really want to springboard my career to the next level.  Please help me fine tune my resume or give me pointers on how to get to the next level in my career. Thanks!

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8 months ago

Hey Peter -


I'd first fit your resume onto one page. When I'm recruiting people, it's pretty rare for a candidate to get to the phone screen with a resume that's more than 1 page. This is probably because we couldn't find  the relevant information we were looking for.


Also, switch to a bullet point system. It's a lot of text to digest, and when we're hiring, we tend to scan for the most important information. Think of it like a google search result, you want the most important information right at the front and as easy as possible to get me interested in your resume. 


8 months ago

I'll preface my comments by saying I used to run campus recruiting at Deloitte for my alma mater and Deloitte was one of the biggest hiring companies on campus - so I sifted through many hundreds of resumes every recruiting season to get to the 15 or 20 candidates we hired each year.  Here are my thoughts:


  1. I'll echo Daniel's comments - you really need to slim this down to one page.  As a point of reference, when I was accepted to Chicago Booth MBA I had 13 years of work experience at major consulting firms (Bain, Accenture, Deloitte) working on global engagements.  The  Chicago Booth application said one page resumes - no exceptions.  If I can somehow cram all that work experience into a one page resume, you should be able to do the same.
  2. There is WAY too much text here - especially when you get to your work experience.  I'll be honest, I got to your first position and I completely tuned out and didn't even read it.  I started thinking about that nice glass of wine I had at dinner and how much I wished I was still drinking it.  When that happened to me at resume review time during campus recruiting, that usually meant your resume swiftly went into the no pile.  Summarize your experience and make it a bulleted list - I honestly find it hard to believe you can't summarize your work experience at Rady Children's Hospital to no more than 3 or 4 succinct bullet points.
  3. Your formatting and margins are way off - or at least it looks way off when I opened it up.  It might just be the way a word document comes over in the Huttle platform - you should always PDF your resume and use that when sharing with an external audience so that you can control the way the layout of your document looks.
  4. I'm not sure why you are splitting out your Continuing Education SD and New Horizons SD certification courses / exams the same way you do your ITT Education.  That's also taking up a lot of real estate.  I'd lump your certifications as part of your technical skills or qualifications - no need to break it out separately as education.
  5. I'm also not a big fan of your changing font style between body text and various headers.  Different sizes and bolding is fine for emphasis, but switching between Arial to Times New Roman (or whatever it is you are doing) is way too distracting.
  6. In terms of your technical qualifications, you should strive to keep things somewhat relevant and up to date.  I'm not sure how much you benefit by saying you are trained in Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 when we live in a Windows 10 / mobile OS world.

Hope that helps - best of luck

8 months ago

+1 for changing your Career-Related Experience section to bullet points. It makes it easier to read.


I think your objective section and the columns of bullet points actually hurts your resume because it slow me down from getting to your technical skills, which is the most important section for a Systems Engineer. 

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