Résumés & Cover Letters

Even in our age of social networking, don’t underestimate the importance of a solid résumé and cover letter. They’re often a company’s first look at your background and skills, which means they need to be organized and well-polished. Here are some tips for making that happen:

The Dice Résumé Center: Free Sample Résumés
We’re pleased to provide this library of free sample résumés covering a range of IT jobs.

The Basics of IT Résumé Writing
At their core, résumés are marketing documents that connect your skills and experience to employers’ needs. As you create yours, think of yourself as a marketing director: Research the target audience, brainstorm ideas, and develop a marketing and communications strategy before you start writing.

Top Cover Letter Tips From IT Managers
Forget boilerplate templates for cover letters: If you want to grab an IT manager’s attention, tailor the contents of your cover letter toward his or her specific needs.

10 Simple Ways to Screw Up Your Cover Letter
Cover letters are often your first mode of contact with an employer, so obviously you want them to be perfect. And, as in everything else, you get to perfect by sweating the details.

5 Things on Your Résumé to Trash
Nothing can tank your prospects for a job interview quicker than a résumé that inadvertently shows your tech skills as grievously out-of-date. Recruiters and employers are always on the lookout for mentions of dead programming languages, useless tools, and outmoded lingo.

Link Your Résumé and Cover Letter
Job candidates tend to treat their cover letters and résumés as separate entities with zero overlap. Linking the two, however, can bolster your job application in ways that make it truly stand out.

Don’t Load Your Résumé With Jargon
It pays to keep your résumé as light as possible on the technical jargon: list your skills and programming languages, summarize projects you’ve done, but save the deep stuff for the interview.

Power Verbs for Your Résumé and Cover Letter
Power verbs bring your résumé to life. They paint a picture for the reviewer by highlighting your skills and accomplishments, affirm your communication skills, and help you stand out in a crowd. Begin each statement or phrase with a power verb, then take you résumé to the next level, by inserting action-packed power verbs into your work history and branding statement. Here are some of our power verb suggestions (by category) to help you get started.

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