Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a mistake too many IT professionals make in their job search

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I want to talk with you today about one of the mistakes I see a lot of IT professionals make with their resume. The mistake I am going to highlight today is you spent a lotta time on the wrong part of the story. Let me let me be clearer about that. What's the wrong part of the story? They have to include role and responsibilities and technology utilized. Everyone does that. Everyone knows that. After all your resume, your LinkedIn profile could be keyword searched for the technology and, if you're in applications, it is going to be the business function that you work in.

But, your resume and LinkedIn profile take no time to really talk about what you actually accomplished doing what you are actually doing. So, the easiest way is to talk metrics with people – – money saved, money earned, the application you worked on and what you are part of it was and how much didn't it help your firm earn. By just talking about role and responsibilities and technology utilized, you're missing the big part of this, which is what I call “The ‘A’ word”-- that's accomplishments. You need to always bring accomplishments into your story so that, in this way, people have a perspective.

So, for example, I'm at I'm new deal with a worst-case situation where it's difficult to measure what the accomplishment was for the system that you work on. So, you talk about how your work was, let's say, eight percent better than comparable individuals You generated eight percent more code. Your efforts saved seventeen percent more time over previous projects that the firm did by . . . And you talk about how you do this. Everything is designed to bring it to a metrics that gives people a perspective.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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