Technology is everywhere. From your smart TV and watch, to your phone-integrated car, to point-of-sales systems that tailor offers and discounts based on your shopping habits: everyone uses technology whether they like it or not.
The professional world is ripe with opportunity because of the expanding behemoth of tech, and many people want in on the game. Unfortunately, not everyone has the background or skills to land those bleeding-edge jobs… but they still try. It’s a great idea, getting into technology. However, for those who try to get in the door without the prerequisite training, just know, technology leaders see you, and they’re on to you.
Here are the top 6 ways tech titans know from first glance that your skills are lacking.
Your resume says “comprehensive computer skills.” Comprehensive? Really? Do you realize how much computers can do? If you put this line on your resume, you’re either trying to show off or you were pressed for time. When you send out your resume, you are showing your prospective employer exactly what you bring to the table and how you’ve used it in a way that relates to their job posting.
You’ve been conned into using your iPhone as a scale. Maybe you fell for the fake advertisement that claimed an Apple update would waterproof your phone. How about the hoax that promised you could use the microwave to charge your phone battery. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the latest: do not set your iPhone’s date to January 1 1970 unless you want a very expensive paperweight.
You say you have a profile on LinkedOn. LinkedIn is an excellent professional networking tool, and those-in-the-know optimize their profiles to maximize search hits based on the types of connections they want to make. When your resume claims that you’ve created a LinkedOn profile, with no attached link, techies scratch their heads and wonder: Is it a typo, or is this an attempted buzzword drop.
You named your cat Dotcom. Everyone knows that pets rule the Internet, and that cute kitten videos can make a bad day better. But naming your cat Dotcom? You’re trying too hard.
You’re sure that “cloud services” can drive more dollars to your bottom line. Cloud computing is huge. Driving dollars to the company’s bottom line is wonderful – it’s the goal. But when you use vague phrasing and nonsensically mix buzzwords in your resume without highlighting your particular professional experience, it reads as search engine bait. If you have used cloud computing services to successfully bolster a project and drive revenue, tell your prospective employer how you did it. Be specific!
According to your resume, you are all the things. Similar to the first point, where a job-seeker claims to know all-things-computer, some insist that they can do all-things-in-general. Technology leaders look for candidates that fit specific roles. Even if you can program in Java while writing a concerto as your hand-built robot paints your home – save it for after the interview. If you want a job in technology, apply for that job only. Write your resume and your cover letter to highlight the intersection of your experience with the required job skills. If you can’t – because you don’t have the required skills – either go get some training, or find a position that fits you.
As technology professionals, we understand that you want in on this world of fast-paced, exciting work. If you’re new, that’s okay! Just say so. Everyone has to start somewhere. With some study, some hard work, and a few great connections, your resume will eventually shine with real experience and true accomplishment.