Software Developers: Target your resume when making career shifts

I recently got a call from an it infrastructure vp turned php developer. My client job seeker had grown through the ranks as a systems administrator, then as an it infrastructure manager running linux, unix and windows servers,  then vp of it, infrastructure and operations and then decided to make a career shift into being a web developer, software engineer coding in php, html5, css and javascript. His resume did not have an objective and it did not explain the career shift. It was what I like to call a ‘just the facts’ resume. When approaching potential hiring managers with this type of presentation, you are in effect saying “I’m here” What do you think you can do with me? A much for effective approach is to target companies that would be interested in your skills and develop a resume that positions you for that company. An effective resume should be targetted to the needs of the hiring manager or company and quickly show how you can ad value to them and their specific needs in the 1st half of the 1st page.

 

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