Your IT Resume – IT Technical Skills Summary

Your IT Resume IT Technical Skills Summary effectively presents all of your computer technology hardware and software Information Technology skills in one document.

The IT Technical Skills Summary is an exceptionally powerful document that should form part of every resume cover letter and resume submitted.

It ensures that every IT skill you have acquired – computer software, computer hardware, applications software, and so on, will be indexed or viewed.

It will prove to be a valuable tool in helping you to get the interview that will lead to the right job.

Scan in seconds

Hiring managers, recuiters and headhunters can easily scan the pages in seconds. It is easy for the eyes to read.

The layout uses 4-columns to allow you to effectively present a complete, quantified, qualified, very easy to read, summary of the IT technical skills and experience that you have acquired over the course of your career and during your education.

The 4-column layout enables an employer to quickly scan, in a matter of seconds, the complete document to see if you have the technical skills and experience that they need.

Database and Applicant Tracking System Ready

Databases and Applicant Tracking System (ATS) are used by IT HeadHunter, and almost all employers, more agencies. Every word – every skill – in a resume is indexed when your resume is added to the database.

The IT Technical Skills Summary ensures that your resume is database and Applicant Tracking System (ATS) ready. Each and every skill that you have included will be indexed when your resume is entered.

When is searched is done for a required skill, or set of skills, your name will be part of the top search listings – if your skills match the skill-set needed.

You are unique

Your acquired skills are what make you unique and of potential value to an employer. Differentiate yourself.

What is considered an acquired skill?

A skill is generally considered to be “acquired” when the skill has been:

  • learned and used through formal instruction in a school, college, university or ongoing training
  • learned and used in on-the-job training
  • learned and used in a work environment
  • learned and used in unpaid work done for a volunteer organization
  • learned through self-study

In the normal course of things just reading a book about something does not count as an acquired skill, however I recommend adding these to your list with the notation that you read a book about it.

How many pages?

The number of pages required will depend on how long you have been working and how many skills you have acquired. The greater the number of years worked and the greater the number of skills acquired, the more pages required.

It cannot be too long if the IT Technical Skills Summary includes the skills that you have acquired over the course of your career.

You need to present your skills so that employers and recruiters know that you have them. You have worked hard and made a large investment of time and money to acquire your skills.

The Technical Skills Summary includes:

The IT Technical Skills Summary contains two main areas:

  1. Heading on every page
  2. A complete list of all your acquired skills


The Heading on every page contains three items:

  1. Your name
  2. Your telephone number or a number where messages can be left for you
  3. Your e-mail address – just one not 2 or 3.

Present a complete list of all your acquired information technology skills

Every Information Technology professional will have a different set, or list, of acquired hardware and software skills from Applications Software, Systems Software and Network Software.

Include all your acquired IT skills and group them together in categories, listed alphabetically, for easy reference.

Following are some suggested hardware and software categories to help you get started:



Accounting, Barcoding, Calculators & Converters, Calendars, Databases & Tools, Finance, Helpdesk,Inventory, Investment Tools, Math & Scientific Tools, Office Suites & Tools, PIMS, Project Management, Remote PC, Vertical Market Apps,


Chat, Connection Tools, Dial Up, E-Mail Tools, Instant Messaging, Fax Tools, Newsgroup Clients, Telephony, Web/Video Cams,


Clocks & Alarms, Cursors & Fonts, Icons, Screen Savers, 3D Screen Savers, Themes & Wallpaper, Widgets & Gadgets,


Active X, Basic, VB, VB DotNet, C / C++ / C#, Components & Libraries, Debugging, Delphi, Help Tools, Install & Setup, Source Editors,

Games & Entertainment

Action, Adventure & Roleplay, Arcade, Board, Card, Kids, Puzzle & Word Games, Simulation, Sports, Strategy & War Games, Tools & Editors,

Graphic Apps

Animation Tools, CAD, Converters & Optimizers, Editors, Font Tools, Gallery & Cataloging Tools, Icon Tools, Screen Capture, Viewers,

Hobby & Home

Astrology & Biorhythms, Cataloging, Education, Food & Drink, Health & Nutrition, Personal Finance, Personal Interest, Recreation, Religion,

Internet & Network

Browser Tools, Browsers, Download Managers, File Sharing/Peer to Peer, FTP Clients, Network Monitoring, Remote Computing, Servers, Search/Lookup Tools, Timers & Time Synch, Trace & Ping Tools,

Multimedia & Audio

Audio Encoders/Decoders, Audio File Players, Audio File Recorders, CD Burners/Players, DVD Rippers, DVD Tools, iPod/PSP/Zune Converters, Multimedia Creation Tools, Multimedia Suit, Music Composers, Presentation Tools, Rippers & Converters, Speech, Video Players, Video Tools,

Security & Privacy

Access Control, Anti-Spam Tools, Anti-Spy Tools, Anti-Virus Tools, Covert Surveillance, Encryption Tools, Password Managers,

System Utilities

Automation Tools, Backup & Restore, Benchmarking, Clipboard Tools, File & Disk Management, File Compression, File Recovery, Launchers,Printer, Registry Tools, Shell Tools, System Maintenance, Text/Document Editors, Task Managers,

Web Development

ASP, E-Commerce, Flash Tools, HTML Tools, Java, JavaScript, Log Analysers, PHP, Site Administration, Wizards & Components, XML/CSS Tools,


Hardware devices can be classified into at least four distinct categories:

  1. Input devices: For raw data input.
  2. Processing devices: To process raw data instructions into information.
  3. Output devices: To disseminate data and information.
  4. Storage devices: For data and information retention.

Anything else that you have acquired, even if you have not used the skill for years.






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You are unique

Remember – YOU ARE UNIQUE. Your acquired IT skills are part of what make you unique and of potential value to an employer, so differentiate yourself.

And you can only differentiate yourself by presenting all of your skills. The list will be as long as necessary to list your all of your acquired skills over the length of your career.

All my skills?

It will be too long.

It cannot be too long if it includes the skills that you have acquired. Skills that you have learned and then applied at work.

You need to present your skills so that employers and recruiters know that you have them. You have worked hard and made a large investment of time and money to acquire your skills.

Think about this! If you leave a skill, acquired 10 years ago, off your IT Technical Skills Summary, then how will a recruiter find it when they do a keyword search of the resume database containing your resume? They won’t find it and you will have missed an opportunity!

Take action!

Take action now!

Write everyting down!

Make lists.

  • Open your word processor
  • Start with a separate page for each company, school, college or university. Don’t forget to include courses. Everything counts. Write down every course.
  • Create your initial categories and add skills as they come to mind.
  • Begin to make lists of your acquired IT skills – each and every single one of them.
  • Most people surprise themselves with what skills they have acquired but have forgotten … especially if you have been working and acquiring new skills for more than 5 years. 10 years or more.
  • I have found it useful to first make a list of all the employers that I have work for and the technical environment.

Use in Your IT Resume

All of the information that you are compiling in your IT Technical Skills Summary will be used when you begin work on Your IT Resume as you fill in the Technical Environment section in Work Experience and Work Experience – Part-time.

Enjoy creating your IT Technical Skills Summary and seeing all of yur hard work and study jump off the page so that you can deeply appreciate all of your skills. Congratulations!

Richard Edward Ward
Your IT Resume Writing Service

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