Tech Resume Library: 16 downloadable templates for IT pros

A well-crafted resume will attract recruiters, HR pros and hiring managers, but getting it just right is a daunting task. To jump start the process, Insider Pro has assembled this collection of real resumes revamped by professional resume writers. (Watch this space for new templates.)

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A well-written resume is the foundation of your job hunt; however, resume writing is overwhelming. There’s so much pressure to make your resume stand out, so many formats and styles to choose from. Figuring out how to focus on the most important parts of your career and experiences based on your current job seeking goals is challenging.

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Getting your resume just right in order to attract the attention of recruiters, HR pros and hiring managers is in a word, daunting. To reduce the stress that comes with this task, Insider Pro – in collaboration with CIO.com, has assembled this collection of real resumes revamped by professional resume writers.

Each resume available to our subscribers in the Insider Pro Tech Resume Template Library has been designed for a specific sought-after position. These templates will guide you through the process so you can create a resume that will help you land the tech job of your dreams.

Updated February 18, 2020

Position desired: IT director

This particular original resume didn’t feature any glaring flaws, just the common mistakes most of us make when writing a resume. Resume expert, Andrew Ysasi,....

 

A well-written resume is the foundation of your job hunt; however, resume writing is overwhelming. There’s so much pressure to make your resume stand out, so many formats and styles to choose from. Figuring out how to focus on the most important parts of your career and experiences based on your current job seeking goals is challenging.

Getting your resume just right in order to attract the attention of recruiters, HR pros and hiring managers is in a word, daunting. To reduce the stress that comes with this task, Insider Pro – in collaboration with CIO.com, has assembled this collection of real resumes revamped by professional resume writers.

Each resume available to our subscribers in the Insider Pro Tech Resume Template Library has been designed for a specific sought-after position. These templates will guide you through the process so you can create a resume that will help you land the tech job of your dreams.

Updated June 22, 2020

Position desired: IT Engineering Leader

Laura Smith-Proulx, certified professional resume writer and career management coach with An Expert Resume, unearths and highlights a job candidate’s skills from under a mountain of detail. This job seeker had two resumes, one to cover his experience supporting broadcast systems and another for his time in IT operations. However, neither one adequately focused on the next step in his career. His resume was missing the context of his achievements and a focus on the direction he wanted his career to go, engineering management.

This job candidate had frequently risen to the challenge of delivering major projects that allowed the companies he worked for to offer new services to their customers; yet, his original resume had buried these details in the bullets. Smith-Proulx was able to sift through the incredible amount of detail and accurately pinpoint the accomplishments that best demonstrated the candidate’s abilities. He will have greater opportunities to pursue a career as an engineering manager now that his resume reflects his skills as well as his goals.

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Tech Resume Template: IT Engineering Leader

Position desired: IT Leader

Making the move from IT professional to IT leader takes a different set of skills. Once you reach the senior level of your career, it’s time to change how you approach the resume writing process. As a seasoned professional in a leadership role, you need to focus less on your technical skills and more on defining your value proposition.

This job candidate worked his way up the corporate ladder to the role of senior IT director. But after years in the industry, he says it was difficult to transform a long, successful career into a structured, brief and comprehensive two-page resume. J.M. Auron, a global IT careers expert, resume writer and owner of Quantum Tech Resumes, took on the task of streamlining this resume.

The biggest issue Auron found with this resume was that it was written as a narrative. Auron said this narrative style can be seen in "I did" phrases, which can come off as "unprofessional," and add unnecessary length to a resume. So he focused on building a story around a central focus by establishing specific situations where his leadership and expertise resulted in positive changes for the company.

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Tech Resume Template: IT Leader

Position desired: IT Sales or Marketing Pro

While charts and graphs aren’t always appropriate, they can bring an eye-catching edge to a resume, especially if you're an IT sales or marketing pro looking to highlight your revenue-generating skills. Career development specialist and expert resume writer Jennifer Hay, with IT Resume Service, explains how to do this effectively.

"When words don't communicate your thoughts concisely or deliver the desired impact, there is another step you can take to market your professional brand,” said Hays. Delivering that positive perception requires great attention to detail when creating charts and graphs to illustrate accomplishments. This candidate’s resume was crowded with confusing statistics and figures; the numerous charts and graphs originally included didn't do much to concisely communicate his value as an IT sales pro. Charts and graphs aren't all created equal. Certain formats are better at conveying specific types of information quickly. Using the wrong one can have the opposite effect -- even if the data is stellar, the format can be your downfall. By separating this job seeker’s data into two graphs, Hay was able to show how his efforts delivered a greater portion of company revenue through software sales in consecutive fiscal quarters, and how his role had increased company software sales as a percentage of total sales -- both strong contributions to the overall corporate strategy.

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Tech Resume Template: IT Sales or Marketing Pro

Position desired: C-suite Executive, CIO Role

To break into the upper echelons of IT, your resume has to be honed to emphasize leadership skills and experience. Even if your resume has a strong foundation, shifts in structure and subtle tweaks can significantly enhance your chances of landing a CIO role or other executive leadership role. IT resume expert Andrew Ysasi, president of Adamovio and vice president of Vital Records Control, worked with this candidate to optimize his resume with better formatting and a more visually appealing design.

The first issue was a lack of clarity and an absence of some  important experiences and skills. It can be difficult for some to look objectively at their own work history. Some people also struggle with feeling as though they’re “bragging” on their resume. But to write a solid resume, you need to find a way to get a fresh look at your career path and history to highlight your biggest accomplishments and accolades. The next big change was transforming the candidate’s resume to a more graphically appealing resume that highlights the skills for senior data and analytics leadership positions.

The original resume featured a standard resume format, with bolded text, bulleted lists and Times New Roman font. None of these things are necessarily bad, but it’s exactly what most resumes look like, which won’t do much to make you stand out. Taking the time to bring some clear design to your resume can help catch a recruiter or hiring manager’s attention.

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Tech Resume Template: C-suite Executive, CIO Role

Position desired: IT Executive

It’s every executive’s challenge: Condensing decades of experience and expertise onto a single resume page. With nearly 25 years of technology management experience and 10 years of senior leadership experience this candidate was facing that very issue. Resume expert Andrew Ysasi, president of Admovio and vice president of Vital Records Control, helped streamline this CIO’s storied career.

Ysasi identified what type of positions the candidate was interested in and helped reshape his resume to reflect his desired career path. He began by ditching the tech jargon in order to demonstrate the candidate’s technological knowledge without alienating the reader. Ysasi then shifted the focus from what was a ‘general technology resume’ and turned it into a more skill specific resume highlighting the candidate’s CIO skills, specifically, leadership accomplishments that are a huge part of the job. A long resume can ultimately turn a hiring manager or recruiter away, so condensing this resume and keeping it focused was key.

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Tech Resume Template: IT Executive

Position desired: Global CIO

After decades in IT, it can be hard to capture the extensive skills and experience of a storied career in just one or two pages of a resume. Seasoned IT pros and executives who sit down to list their experience and accomplishments often find they’re left with a three- or four-page resume, which is not streamlined enough to stand out in today’s competitive recruitment landscape. In this resume makeover IT resume expert Andrew Ysasi, president of Admovio and vice president of Vital Records Control, gives this CIOs resume an overhaul. While impressed by the candidate’s experience, he knew he’d need to help reformat the resume to make it even stronger.

One of the easiest ways to shore up an overly long resume is to include an executive or career summary at the top of the document. For your resume to grab the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager, you don’t need fancy design skills. To create an impactful document, something as simple as adding in complementary colors to bring attention to headers and sections can help. Formatting isn’t just for the humans reading your resume, you need to format your resume so application tracking systems will match you with relevant job openings. Ysasi helped this candidate find the right formatting and keywords to help an ATS catch her resume without sacrificing readability for recruiters. The final resume better demonstrates this candidate’s true abilities as a CIO and offers a document that captures everything she can offer to another company.

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Tech Resume Template: Global CIO

Position desired: IT Executive

IT leaders seeking executive-level roles face a common resume conundrum: how to convey their extensive experience and skills in a compact way that has impact. In this resume makeover Andrew Ysasi, president of Admovio and vice president of Vital Records Control, helps a CIO find a focus for his executive resume, while overhauling the design for a more visual — and compact — impact.

The candidate’s original resume didn’t tell the right career story for the executive-level position he was seeking. You want a recruiter or hiring manager to look at your resume and quickly understand how your career has progressed and how that makes you qualified as a CIO or vice president. Establishing a clear career story is difficult, if you’re struggling to find a theme that gives recruiters a clear picture of why you’re qualified, Ysasi suggests starting with relevant job descriptions, then focus on including skills and accomplishments with actionable results. Any skills you have that can be backed up with data or figures will go a long way in communicating your executive IT qualifications to a recruiter or hiring manager.

To further help this candidate stand out, Ysasi overhauled the visual aesthetics of the resume, opting for a visually impactful document that includes a headshot, a QR code that leads to the candidate’s LinkedIn page and bold yellow coloring to draw the reader’s eye through the document.

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Tech Resume Template: IT Executive

Position desired: IT Executive

If you feel like your resume doesn’t quite capture your experience and passion for technology this resume makeover is for you. JM Auron, a leading global IT careers leader, resume writer and owner of Quantum Tech Resumes, helps a VP of security engineering craft a resume that properly outlines his abilities, initiative and accomplishments. The original resume portrayed him as a rather dull, procedural candidate. It’s a common trap that job seekers fall into — underselling themselves. But if there is ever an appropriate time to brag about your accomplishments, it’s on your resume.

While most job seekers find it difficult to keep their resume concise, this candidate had the opposite problem, he needed to lengthen his resume to strengthen it. Auron said it’s important to show recruiters and hiring managers that you’ve faced challenges in your career and acted on those challenges in a way that has produced valuable results. Don’t just tell them what you can do, show them what you can do.

The original resume featured basic, to-the-point bulleted lists and a lack of eye-catching detail. Auron helped transform it into a document led off by an executive summary to highlight the candidate’s key attributes as an IT leader. Then each section was marked off by simple, elegant graphics to break down the candidate’s accomplishments, supported by data and “key wins” in his current role. The headers and sections Auron created better organized the candidate’s experience and transformed the focus from day-to-day duties — that every security executive performs — to his distinct approach to help recruiters see his true value beyond the original dry bullet points.

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Tech Resume Template: IT Executive

Position desired: CIO

Not everyone has a typical career trajectory where titles, skills and promotions all line up into a neat, concise story. Career expert Laura Smith-Proulx, helps a CIO tackle his extensive -- and impressive -- background to build an engaging resume.

This job candidate had all the right information on his resume, but the layout wasn’t engaging. It can be difficult to create a resume that uses skills and job titles to build an attention-grabbing story while maintaining a professional tone. There's a common misconception that resumes should never be more than one or two pages in order to keep a hiring manager's attention. But Smith-Proulx said that's not always the case.

Since the candidate's goal was to obtain another CIO role, Smith-Proulx decided to consolidate his CIO roles and corporate strategy leadership positions together so that his strong career history became center stage. She showcased some of his achievements that had a direct impact to the bottom line, including his ability to generate revenue -- which is unusual for a CIO.

The result was a three-page resume that highlighted his impressive background in technology and as a leader. Smith-Proulx says she emphasized his "record of cost controls and ability to streamline every process he touched," to show how valuable he is as a CIO. Essentially, she used her candidate’s resume to create a career identity for him.

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Tech Resume Template: CIO

Position desired: ERP Expert

Donald Burns, founder of Executive Promotions LLC, has been editing and rewriting resumes long enough to know that one size does not fit all. Sometimes you need to break a few rules to get your best resume. You've probably heard about the rules of resume writing and why you should throw out years of experience to keep your resume short. Take a note from this resume makeover and leverage that older work history to sell your professional brand and land a job in a new industry. Rather than erase this job candidate’s experience, Burns went back 35 years to show how his career path from structural engineer to ERP manufacturing would tell an appealing story to hiring managers.

The original resume was weighed down with bulleted lists of past accomplishments that made it difficult for someone not in the ERP industry to consume. Burns had a hard time figuring out the job candidate’s career story from his original resume, which means recruiters and hiring managers were probably having the same problem.

To capture the readers immediate interest, he organized the resume so that it had an introduction, headline and summary to get the reader invested in the candidate’s experience. After he pared down the text, he organized the employment experience. This is where Burns went against the "rules of the resume," and included experience from nearly 35 years ago. He also cleaned up the most important experience -- your most recent job. Burns said your most current job is the most important real estate on your resume, blowing this section could doom your whole resume.

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Tech Resume Template: ERP Expert

Position desired: C-Level Leadership Role

Creating a compelling resume isn't easy, even when you're at the C-level. That was the case for this IT leader who needed to transform his resume. Andrew Ysasi, president of Admovio and executive director of Kent Record Management, stepped up to the task of helping this job candidate highlight his C-Level roles and outline his extensive experience and success.

Ysasi quickly found the candidate was selling himself short and was making the common mistake of including too much technical jargon. Ysasi said candidates should think about writing their resumes for the recruiter or hiring manager who will read it first.

Next up was tackling the resume length, the longer your career, the more difficult it is to keep your resume to a tidy one- or two-page document. Consolidating skills to the top of the page will make it easier for a recruiter to see how they're applicable to all the jobs listed below. The executive summary then acts as a first impression, emphasizing your professional brand and career story.

Ysasi also recommended that this job candidate change his email from a Hotmail account to an Outlook account. It's a small detail most might overlook, but it can give your resume a fresh, updated feel and a professional email account isn't just good for your resume, it's also a great way to consolidate your job search to one inbox so you'll never miss an email from a recruiter. Ysasi makeover shows recruiters and future employers everything this candidate can bring to the C-suite.

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Tech Resume Template: C-Level Leadership Role
 

Updated August 23, 2019

Position desired: IT director

This particular original resume didn’t feature any glaring flaws, just the common mistakes most of us make when writing a resume. Resume expert, Andrew Ysasi, president of Admovio and executive director of Kent Record Management, said this candidate’s resume was too technical, scattered and failed to shed any light on his extensive experience in information security.

These issues would prevent the resume from performing well with common search queries for information security jobs and would keep it from performing well against other candidates due to lack of cohesion. Despite the candidate’s years of experience in information security, his resume lacked focus and a consistent theme, and ultimately didn’t speak to the position he was seeking.

This resume rewrite needed a strong summary to highlight the candidate’s most recent and impressive accomplishments to set the tone for the rest of his resume and would introduce him as a prime candidate with executive appeal.

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Tech Resume Template: IT Director
 

Position Desired: CIO

The problem facing many IT managers in today's competitive job market, according to executive recruiters, is that organizations hiring CIOs want "proven" candidates who currently possess that title. Employers don't want to take chances on mid-level IT managers or IT directors.

This aspring CIO's  resume was too technical and didn’t show enough management skills to be considered for a CIO position. Career coach and professional resume writer Wendy S. Enelow stepped in to show him, and IT managers and IT directors like him, how to use his resumes to demonstrate that he possess the experience necessary to move into a coveted CIO position.

Enelow first focused on rewriting the executive summary to encapsulate his career, capture his key strengths, combine his technical and leadership skills, and articulate the work environments in which he excels. She also gave the executive summary a headline to make it clear exactly what the candidate does. Enelow then set her sights on Snapp's professional experience to gear it towards the position he wanted, this included getting rid of the excessive number of bullet points. Her rule of thumb, no more than four to six bullet points, if you have more put them under different headings to cluster them and give them some hierarchy to enhance the readability of the document.

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Tech Resume Template: CIO Resume (second example)

Position desired: IT executive

The key to this resume revamp: Write your resume for the job you want, not the job you have. When seeking an IT leadership role, your resume needs to tell a different story now, one that is geared towards the position you now seek. J.M. Auron, owner of Quantum Tech Resumes, helped this candidate (whose name you has been changed to protect his identity) with his previous resume, which was how he landed his most recent IT leadership role.

Now he had to create a new focus in order to climb the ranks, which meant he needed to update his resume to better align with the IT executive career path. Auron told CIO.com (an IDG publication and a sister site to Insider Pro) you start by looking back and identifying what makes you unique or valuable in your field. Once you pinpoint these skills and traits, you can organize your resume to highlight these strengths.

For this candidate, what made him stand out was his success implementing change, so his new resume focused on establishing his executive identity as a transformative leader, a valuable skill in the fast-paced tech industry, and highlight this skill to help recruiters understand the candidate’s capabilities and worth.

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Tech Resume Template: IT executive

Position desired: IT Leader

Making the move from IT professional to IT leader takes a different set of skills. Once you reach the senior level of your career, the time comes where you need to change how you approach the resume writing process. As a seasoned professional in a leadership role, you need to focus less on your technical skills and more on defining your value proposition.

This IT resume template was created for a candidate who worked his way up the corporate ladder to the role of senior IT director. But after years in the industry, his struggle was how to transform a long, successful career, detailed in four to five pages, into a structured, brief and comprehensive two-page resume.

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IT Resume Template: IT Leader

Position desired: CIO

Once you hit the executive level, your resume needs to show what you can offer beyond your career history and education. If you have an IT resume that looks like most others — long in verbiage and short on professional branding, you need a new strategy.

Resume expert J.M. Auron helps a job candidate inject personality, clarity and branding into a resume aimed at landing a CIO-level position. The original resume included long, bulleted lists that outlined responsibilities and accomplishments dating as far back as the early ’90s. While this format tells a linear story, it doesn’t tell a career story. It’s up to you to show the hiring manager how your accomplishments have produced real results.

Also, if you’ve been in the workforce long enough to climb the corporate ladder it’s difficult to keep your resume to one or two pages. Using the ’10-year cutoff’ rule was key to this resume revamp, no more than a decade needs to be discussed in detail, this strategy can also help you avoid the very real problem of age discrimination.

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Tech Resume Template: CIO