Outdated Tools and Technologies in Your IT Resume Can Impact Your Job Search

If you are like most IT professionals, you probably have a mixture of technology in your IT resume – from legacy to emerging tools. It is certainly hard to let go of technologies you worked with in the past, especially if you did some really cool cutting edge work for the time period. When creating an IT resume, the question often arises – How much technology should I include and when should I age technology off my technical resume.

One of the most common mistakes I see is when IT professionals leave really old technology in their resume because they aren’t sure what to remove. The obvious answer is to remove anything that is no longer used. After that, it becomes less obvious.

slider521There are 3 primary career paths for IT professionals:

  • those that focus on emerging or very current technologies
  • those that focus on high-legacy technologies
  • those that are somewhere in between, bridging the gap between high legacy and emerging.

The technologies that you include in your resume depend on your current path. Some older technologies are still widely used today. Where these technologies overlap with your experience and ability, you’ll need to give it some careful thought. There are still employers who do care about your ability to program in COBOL. But do you want to be a COBOL programmer again? Most companies have legacy systems that someone has to operate, maintain, and enhance. If you decide to stop chasing technologies and step back from technology’s leading edge, that someone could be you. It’s a choice, but be clear about your motivations. It will impact your career.