Easily Match Your Achievements with Corporate Strategy


By Jennifer L. Hay

Your technical resume needs to be more than just the technology.  You need to describe the ‘why’ of a project — why was the project funded and why was it important to the business. If you know the value for your technical achievements, then you are way ahead of the game. Many IT professionals are so deep into the technology that they often have a narrow view of the project and can’t begin to describe how the company really benefited.

To sell yourself in a resume, you need to think about these types of questions.

  • How did my company benefit from the work that I’ve done?
  • Did I deliver new business capabilities?
  • Did I improve the technical environment?
  • Did I provide benefits to the technical team?

Throughout my career writing IT resumes, I have used three easy and quick ways to gain insight into what is happening in companies.  This information is not always available, but when it is, it can be a goldmine for job seekers, whether you are looking to get into a company or leave it.

In this simple approach, you’ll find language and ideas that you can leverage to make your resume more interesting, innovative, and memorable.

Press Releases

Press releases are marketing tools and companies love to brag about the improvements they’ve made and their future plans. One of the first steps in writing your resume should be to check out your company’s website.  If you don’t, its a lost opportunity.

These are often program level initiatives so there will be a number of different solutions that will be designed, developed, and implemented. If you worked on one of those projects, then you can describe it in terms of the actual work you performed, as well as its connection to the other initiatives.

Imagine the power of describing your data related project as it aligns with your company’s strategic initiative to be a data driven organization. Since marketplaces are evolving at lightening speeds, these initiatives are often core to the company maintaining their competitiveness in their industry.

Vendor Use Cases

Another excellent resource is a vendor use case. Vendors put a lot of effort into describing the overall value of the project while also providing detailed information about the technology. This in-depth perspective is tailor made for a technical resume.

Vendor Websites

Many of my clients are so deeply involved in the technology that they’re often not able to describe their work in terms of the business value proposition. A great first step is to do a deep review of software vendor’s website. They’ll provide in-depth explanations of the technology benefits.

This is only the first step, however. You will need to make sure that you clearly understand how your work connected with those benefits. You never want to just list the benefits. It is a horrible experience to be in an interview and not be able to make that connection.

If you want insight into what is important in a company read their press releases and look for case studies

About Jennifer Hay

I’ve been writing technical resumes and advising on career transitions for almost 15 years.

Throughout that time, I’ve read numerous articles about best practices for IT resume writing. What I found in those articles is a lot of bad information because it’s the same advice they give for non-technical professionals. This is important because IT resumes are different.

I built this website to share what I’ve learned in my career. I think you’ll find information on this website that will help make your IT resume a success.