What Should I Include on a Network Administrator Resume?

C. Webb
C. Webb
Cat5 cable, which is used with networks.
Cat5 cable, which is used with networks.

Your network administrator resume should showcase your technical skills. While other skills are also important to include, highlighting technical abilities can help you stand out from the other candidates. Resume styles can include chronological, experience overview, or educational focus. The difference in style has to do with the order you choose to put the information on the page. A network administrator resume should either be a chronological or experience overview style.

A resume should include detailed information about your educational and employment background.
A resume should include detailed information about your educational and employment background.

Near the top of your network administrator resume, you should include a technical summary section. This section is used to write a paragraph or bullet list summarizing the technical skill sets you possess. There are no dates listed in this section. List the most widely needed skills first, followed by the specialized skills.

Your job summary should be clearly aimed at network administration even if your past jobs do not include that title. Tailor the job responsibilities for each past job to showcase how it prepared you for the network administrator job. For example, if your previous job as an IT technician required to you to step in for the network administrator when he or she was unavailable, be sure to include this on your resume. If you designed software for your former company, put it on the resume and name the software's functions.

A hiring manager looking over a network administrator's resume.
A hiring manager looking over a network administrator's resume.

Education is important. Your network administrator resume should list universities and technical schools attended. If you recently graduated, list several computer-related courses taken. Your degree and any honors received should also be included. A bachelor's or master's degree in management information, computer sciences, or business will help you stand out from other candidates.

Concentrate on describing past responsibilities that dovetail with the responsibilities of a network administrator. Server support, software application work, and technology analysis are all areas that you should highlight. Past work planning and implementing a company's computer infrastructure should also be mentioned. These are areas of expertise relevant to network administration and should be included on your resume.

A list of current software and operating system expertise is important to include on your resume. The companies reviewing your applications need to know you can work with the systems they have in place. This is also where you list photocopy machine and printer experience that you have. While it is not necessary to list awards or other accomplishments on your network administrator resume, these can highlight your drive and talent for potential employers.

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    • Cat5 cable, which is used with networks.
      Cat5 cable, which is used with networks.
    • A resume should include detailed information about your educational and employment background.
      A resume should include detailed information about your educational and employment background.
    • A hiring manager looking over a network administrator's resume.
      A hiring manager looking over a network administrator's resume.