IT resume makeover: Breaking through tech jargon

In this resume makeover, the candidate didn't need a complete remodel. Instead, he needed to shift the overall focus. The resume writer Donald Burns was able to take his resume from tech-focused and dense, to something that any recruiter or hiring manager would actually read and understand.

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Resume writer Donald Burns was faced with an interesting challenge this time around -- he needed to take a resume that was already in good shape and make it even better. This month, makeover candidate, Steve Smith, COO and CTO for Environmental Data Resources, recruited Burn's help take his resume from tech-focused to one that showcased his business acumen. This was especially important because his ultimate 10-year goal is to move out of the tech world and become a business executive.

And Burns was up for the challenge, noting that Smith's original resume -- while well-crafted -- was "narrow and technically focused," as well as "very difficult to read." Burns felt that Smith ultimately ended up burying his greatest hits in a pile of dense verbiage." So the task was clear, Burns needed to take Smith's tech heavy resume and make it something that someone with a business background would better understand. Burns knew that Smith had the experience and the right background to make it in the business world, but his resume just didn't reflect that.

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