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What a Properly Formatted IT Résumé Looks Like

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Although the sample résumé shown below is intended to be for soon-to-be or recent graduates entering the IT job market and looking for a junior or entry-level position as a Web Application Developer or Software Engineer, the template can be adapted to professionals of any level or industry. Need help? Ask us how!

Links to download the following images in PDF format and an editable version of the résumé template (sans numbers and tips) can be found at the bottom of this post.

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Job Search Tip of the Week – 12/08/2016

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How to Ace Your First-Round (or really, Just about Any) Interview

Think like an Interviewer – Q15


We’re counting the days until the release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”! To celebrate we’re going to tackle one of the most commonly asked interview questions: Tell me about a time when you failed.

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Job Search Tip of the Week – 12/01/2016

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Just because the weather’s turning cold doesn’t mean your job search should too!

In fact, this month marks the beginning of one of the best times of the year to job hunt. So although it might be tempting to put your job search on pause as the holiday season approaches, right now is the best time to keep your momentum going so you can keep your employment prospects warm and land that dream job in the New Year.

Check out the five tips from job hunting and career management solutions provider CareerShift illustrated in the following infographic – and some additional helpful links and resources from us after the jump!

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Job Search Tip of the Week – 11/24/2016

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Give Thanks – and Get the Job

The Job Seekers’ Guide to the Do’s and Dont’s of Saying “Thank You” [INFOGRAPHIC]



Happy Thanksgiving! In keeping up with this holiday’s tradition, it’s time to express your gratitude to your family, friends, and potential employers.

A thank you note is a great way to show your appreciation for the job opportunity, and to reinforce your interest and qualifications for the role. Give thanks and get the job by downloading these

10 FREE thank-you note templates

and using the tips from the following Careerleaf.com infographic:

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Job Search Tip of the Week – 11/18/2016

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How to Ace Your First-Round (or really, Just about Any) Interview

Think like an Interviewer – Q8

It’s been a little over a week (and 61 years, but who’s counting), so let’s get right to talking about how to tackle one of the most commonly asked interview questions: What do you expect to be doing five years from now?

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Job Search Tip of the Week – 11/10/2016

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How to Ace Your First-Round (or really, Just about Any) Interview

Think like an Interviewer – Q17


National Reading Day is a few months away (January 23, 2017 to be exact), but it’s never too early to start celebrating! To prepare, we’re going to tackle one of the most commonly asked interview questions: What book are you currently reading?

There are many variations to this question, such as “What book do you plan on purchasing next?” and “What was the last book that you read?” Regardless of how it’s phrased, the question is primarily designed to help the interviewer determine several aspects of your personality and preferences, such as:

  • if you have intellectual curiosity, and are passionate about satisfying it;
  • whether you can effectively formulate and articulate your own opinions;
  • how in tune you are with industry or professional trends; and
  • what your interests are.

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Job Search Tip of the Week – 10/31/2016

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‘Tis the season for all things creepy and kooky, but your job search shouldn’t be one of them! Take some cues from these classic Halloween characters:

Don’t turn into a clumsy zombie. Use your brain and avoid the 10 scariest job seeker mistakes!

For example, making careless typos on your résumé is one of the 10 most common job search stumbles – and yet also one of the most avoidable. Keep an eye out for these top five most common typographical and grammatical errors that tech professionals make, and proofread, proofread, proofread!

Bewitch with an irresistible résumé. Cast a spell over hiring managers with this properly formatted résumé template, created just for web developers and software engineers!

Not enough time for a complete costuming? Give your résumé a mini face lift by switch up the font – any of these six work like a charm. Then quickly lance these words off your résumé as if they were the boils, and toss these ones into your cauldron instead!

Don’t put up a front, or try to transform into someone you’re not. Did you know that more than half of hiring managers have caught a job candidate in a lie?

You don’t have to resort to embellishing your skill set or falsifying information on your résumé (or in an interview, for that matter) to make a great first impression. There are other ways you can stand out from the crowd, and besides – you need to show the real you to snag a job you’ll love.

No bones about it – always dress up for your interview. The science behind snap judgments says that physical appearance is a vital part of that initial first impression. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this checklist of interview attire do’s and don’ts!

Already chosen your costume, but not sure about the color? Careful – some scream the wrong message! Psychology says these are the best and worst colors to wear to an interview.

Don’t suck the life out of your interview. There are lots of things you may be doing that could end your interview before it even begins. For instance, arriving too early or late to your interview comes across as inconsiderate.

Let’s say you make it to the interview on time, but you have a cold, lifeless greeting (or any of the other nine types of bad handshakes); the body language of a corpse; or the voice of the undead. You’ll be out the door faster than it’d take you to bleed out from a vampire bite!

Don’t get so wrapped up that you do all the talking! The interview is an opportunity not only for a potential employer to get to know you and for you to sell yourself for the role, but also for you to determine whether you can see yourself on their team and working on their web app or software products.

Not sure how to get your interviewer talking? Thorough pre-interview research = intelligent end-of-interview questions! Avoid making any of these seven inquiries, which will likely slam the lid on your candidacy shut.

Don’t go ghost – or get ghosted. No one likes feeling invisible! Whether you’re a job seeker or a hiring manager, reply to emails and return phone calls – especially if you’ve got history of previous correspondence or contact – even if it’s to say you took another job or hired someone else.

Job seekers: avoid disappearing off the hiring radar by reaching out after applying or interviewing for a job. Not sure when to follow up, or how? Use this flow chart, and start crafting the perfect thank-you note.

Light up the (networking) night. Now’s not the time to be window dressing or a porch-flower – hiring heats up in the fall and slows after Thanksgiving and through New Year’s. So get off your doorstep and network your way into a job! Use these mnemonic devices and these five steps to conquer any event.

Afraid to go out and about alone in a strange crowd? Gather your boo crew – but make a pact not to hang out with only each other the entire time!

Don’t kill the relationship when you lose out on the job. Your candidacy could be passed over for a reason that’s beyond beyond your control, like a headcount cap or budget reallocation. Or maybe you’re a good cultural fit, but not what the team needs right now from a functional standpoint.

Whatever the case, it’s counterproductive to harbor hard feelings and shut the door – especially since the Boston tech community is so small. Instead, become career resilient: Break the job rejection cycle and ask for specific feedback!


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Job Search Tip of the Week – 10/27/2016

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How to Ace Your First-Round (or really, Just about Any) Interview

Think like an Interviewer – Q11


“Tell me about yourself.”

It’s a four-word request that seems simple enough – after all, you (should) know the subject matter through and through – but it’s perhaps the one inquiry out of the 19 most commonly asked interview questions that can make job seekers sweat the most. Why? Because it’s such a vague question, there are so many places you can take your response – and consequently, so many ways you can go wrong.

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Job Search Tip of the Week – 10/20/2016

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How to Ace Your First-Round (or really, Just about Any) Interview

Think like an Interviewer – Q1


“If you had a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea, what would it be?”

As an IT / technology professional, you’ve probably been asked that question (or some variant of it) before. And at some point in your professional career, you’ve undoubtedly been left wondering, “Why did they ask me that? What should I say?!” Not to worry, you’re not alone: The hypothetical situation of receiving a financial windfall is one of the 19 most commonly asked interview questions.

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Job Search Tip of the Week – 10/13/2016

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How to Ace Your First-Round (or really, Just about Any) Interview

Think like an Interviewer – Q5


This is post No. 3 of our our 19-post series which was inspired by this infographic (Check out our tips on how to effectively respond to “If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?” and “Why should I hire you?”).


Contrary to what the above cartoon suggests, interviewers don’t ask “Why are manhole covers round” to trip you up – There’s method in their madness, so to speak.

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