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Shout "storage guru" by adding a skills matrix to your resume

By Alan Earls

Although storage skills are in demand like never before, it is still no mean feat to stand out from the crowd. But, according to Recruiter Thomas F.X. Licari, at MimEcom Corp., -- a San Francisco-based source of outsourced e-commerce infrastructure -- there are techniques for better communicating your strengths and capabilities.

"What I love," he enthuses, "is the skills matrix." According to Licari, a growing number of job seekers -- and internal HR organizations -- are using a matrix, to provide an instant "snapshot" of talent, training, and experience.

For instance, explains Licari, one axis of the matrix might include characteristics, such as years of experience, classroom training, specific business functions supported, supervisory or project responsibilities, etc. The other axis might include specific technologies or skills, such as SAN implementation, familiarity with specific tools or vendors, and other general IT skills.

"The net [of a skills matrix] is that, at one glance, a recruiter can see all of your skills, the relative strength or weakness of your skills, and some of the ways your skills have been developed and used," says Licari. By comparison, he says, a traditional resume requires real effort to interpret, and could still end up being misinterpreted. "In the typical skills laundry list that many people use, you may end up setting yourself up for a grilling in an area where you really don't have much knowledge," he says.

Licari says it is also still a good idea to watch out for misspellings and misrepresentations. These are instant turn-offs for HR folks. "Remember, a resume represents you," he adds.

Alan Earls is a freelance writer in Franklin, Mass.

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