System Administrator resume tips and sample template

By | May 3, 2017

The role of a System Administrator in IT

A System Administrator or sysadmin is one who designs, configures and maintains a company’s software, hardware, servers and networks. Some of the job responsibilities of a system administrator are:

  1. Adding and configuring new workstations
  2. Designing and installing system hardware and network systems
  3. Upgrading and configuring system software
  4. Fixing any issue related to computer systems
  5. Creating, deleting or updating user accounts
  6. Evaluating and modifying system performance

In fact, there is a lot more work other than this that a system administrator does on a daily basis. So you might think it is easy to furnish a sysadmin resume with no dearth of skills and responsibilities to brag about. However, it is otherwise for a system administrator. The reason being, almost all system administrators do similar things at work. Their roles and responsibilities often overlap. Therefore, it needs wise choices and a proper layout to make your resume distinctive from others.

Here’s something to help you make your resume stand out.

Start wisely

As a System Administrator, it’s your job to keep up with the latest industry trends. The first thing to consider is whether you need an “Objective Statement” or “Summary of Qualifications” to start with on your resume.  Objective statement only shows what you are looking for in your next position and looks good only on entry-level or mid-level resumes. If you are a very experienced applicant, you must consider using a “Summary of Qualifications” or “Profile”, which distinctly states all the experiences and skills that you have which are the most relevant to the position.

Bad Example:

Objective Statement

“Seeking to obtain a position working with advanced systems and technical infrastructures.”

Good Example:

Summary of Qualifications

A System Administrator with over ten years of experience, working with or in an environment covering System Operations, CL Programming, Security Planning, Scheduling and performing OS upgrades in the retail, Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical industries.

However, do not overload the summary with all the skills you have. Instead, pick two or three most important ones that closely match the job requirement and list those.

Quantify using numbers

Just underneath the summary statement comes the “Career Highlights” section which serves as a backing to your summary. Highlight your major accomplishments that will provide as evidence to the skills you claimed to have just above. Make sure to quantify these accomplishments and not just state them. For example:

Career Highlights:

Simplified access to the internet by setting up and managing ES/TCP and Host Farabi for 170 dealers and 30 vendors on a budget of $20K.

Upgraded 3570 Tape Drive to 3580, decreasing daily back-up time from 45 minutes to 15 minutes, in addition to optimizing throughput, and providing superior data protection.

Saved over 38K per year in operating costs by replacing 820 hardware systems with 520 hardware to provide increased disk-space and more efficient processing time.

Education and work history

Create a section for each. Arrange them in the order of importance. If you have more solid work history than certifications, put the former section first. Or if you have a brilliant list of certifications to yourself, then put them first and then work history. Some of the certifications of value for a system administrator job are the CompTIA Network+ certification, Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator (RHCSA) certification and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).

Use power verbs in bullet points

They add value to the statements. Some of the action verbs that a System Administrator can use are: Managed, Maintained, Trained, Deployed, Troubleshot, Resolved, Installed, Administered, Setup, Migrated, Negotiated, Monitored etc.

Download sample template of a system administrator resume here.

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