IT Skills Gap Matrix
An IT skills matrix on a resume can be a good way to convey a large number of skills without cluttering the resume with pages of descriptive writing that may otherwise go unread. The basic premise is to display your acquired skills in a table format and assign each skill a symbol or a number representing the level of expertise or experience in that field.
The horizontal and vertical axis should establish a relationship between the offered job's criteria and your personal expertise and experience so you should modify your matrix according to each job application. This way all the information remains relevant and the employer can easily understand the value that you bring to the organization.
The following matrix highlights the Microsoft consultant's expertise and experience with Active Directory and Microsoft security functions as well as his formal certification (MCSE) supporting the design and operations experience. As a solutions design consultant, the job candidate shows a broad range of experience such as Sharepoint, SQL, Monitoring and Virtualization to show his versatility in solutions design.
|Criteria||Education||Design (years)||Support (years)|
|Microsoft Sharepoint Development||-||2||3|
|Active Directory over LAN and WAN||MCSE||4||7|
|Microsoft Security and Server Hardening||MCSE||4||7|
|Server Hardware - IBM, Dell, HP||-||0||5|
|SQL Clustering - High Availablility||-||3||4|
|Server Performance Monitoring||SCCM Course||1||7|
|Virtualization Technologies||Vsphere Course||3||5|
The following matrix summarizes key skills and abilities required within the IT Security domain. Employers may also be interested in Government vs Private sector experience because skills learned within each type of employment may be desirable as a means to transfer knowledge about industry best practices.
|Criteria||Expertise (*10=expert)||Government (years)||Private (years)|
|Enterprise IT Security policy||6||2||5|
|Enterprise IT Security procedures||7||4||5|
|Microsoft Security and Server Hardening||8||4||5|
|Firewall, Proxy, IPS experience||10||11||5|
|Security certifications||10 (CISSP)||-||-|
Although strictly not a matrix, the following table is an effective way to represent indicative skills at a glance.
|Criteria||0% (Novice)||100% (Expert)|
|Java J2EE, JMS, EJB experience||72|
|Object Oriented design||67|
|SQL and MySQL||97|
|Weblogic on an Oracle 10g database||27|
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