IT resume makeover: Don’t try to please everyone

Writing a resume means knowing your audience. If you try to please everyone, you’ll only wind up with an unfocused and disjointed document filled with unconnected work experience and accomplishments.

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The longer your career stretches out, the more experience and knowledge you gain. But that doesn't mean you need to dump it all onto your resume. Instead, resume experts say, you should focus on crafting a focused and concise resume.

JR Hunt, IT director at Yellowstone Association and the Yellowstone Park Foundation knew his resume needed a stronger focus. "My CV suffered from a case of 'catch-all-itis' whereby the depth and breadth of experience seems to target nobody and everybody," he says. For Cheryl Lynch Simpson, career, job search and LinkedIn coach and Master Resume Writer, the focus of this resume makeover was to bring a cohesive focus to Hunt's resume that truly demonstrated his wealth of knowledge and experience.

Know your audience

Hunt knew that his resume was trying to do too much at one time -- rather than demonstrate in a direct manner how his years of IT experience would translate to a C-suite position. But in crafting his resume, Hunt had to consider who his target audience was before he could create a narrative that showed the connection between his IT roles and consulting roles.

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