I was just thinking about how many differing opinions there are out there for creating a resume, and there are certainly different approaches within IT.
Since I don't think we've had a good discussion on it here (or at least not that I can remember) I figured I'd start a topic on it.
So that being said, how do you structure your resume? What all do you include? Is it 1 page, 2 pages, more? Do you include skills on specific hardware/software? What order do you present things in? Do you include references? Do you tailor it to different companies/openings?
I'll get it started with an overview of how mine is setup currently.
To start off with, I list my objective. This basically states that I'm looking for something in IT/IT Security where I can use my skills and continue to grow.
The next section is certifications and skills. For the most part, all I list here are my certifications, but I do include the number of years experience I have in IT. My reasoning for setting this up like this and for placing it here is because most job listings have certifications they're looking for and minimum years of experience. So I figure this should stand out somewhere near the top.
After that I place my education section. This is another short section that I don't try to put much emphasis on. The reason here is because I don't have a college degree and I don't want to highlight that fact. I want to place the focus on the certifications and my experience. So this section is a couple of lines listing the schools I've attended and also specific computer courses I've taken.
Next is the biggest part of my resume, job history/experience. Here is where I have a couple of jobs listed with my position and a brief overall description. Then I have multiple bullet points listing achievements and tasks.
That's about all there is to it. It's a single page and I don't mention references. I figure employers know that they can ask for them and I'll provide them if asked. I've kicked around the idea of adding specific hardware/software to the list that I have experience somehow, but never really made that change. I keep it the same for the most part and don't tailor it to specific listings, minor changes if anything.
How about everyone else?