CV Writing Tips and Techniques

CV Advice
Having a good CV will be the difference between not being selected and making it into the interview room, however, it is not strange for someone with years of experience to be a novice when it comes to writing their CV. For each role the recruiter is sure to view several applications within a limited time period, this makes it important for your CV to stand out, and enable the recruiter to quickly see what makes you ideal for the role.

What to include?

When writing your CV for IT roles it is important to include as much relevant information as possible. The information needs to be organised in a way that showcases your skills and highlights your achievements. Below is our suggested CV structure for your Technical CV:

Contact Information

It is important for an interested to be able to contact you, therefore, you should make sure that you provide up to date contact information. If your CV is more than one page, make sure that these are visible on each page in case the pages are separated.
Remember to provide a professional email address that does not create a negative impression with the reader (e.g. partyanimal88@email.com). Also, remember that most recruiters will ‘Google’ your email address, therefore, make sure that you are happy for an employer to view whatever comes up.

Personal Statement

This is an opportunity for you to quickly introduce the reader to your personality and any other relevant information. This could be your soft skills and a short summary of how you have got to where you are today, however, try to keep it short and sweet as you don’t want to ramble and space is limited.

Education

Here you should list your relevant academic successes, this should include dates, type of institution, location and principal subjects and examination results. List your highest qualifications first, also list the names of key modules that are particularly relevant to the job. Remember to include memberships of professional bodies.

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Technical Skills

For an IT role one of the first things the reader will look for are your technical skills, this section should list all of those skills in a clear format that shows your skills in order of their relevance to the role. Also, separate the skills into familiar groups like programming languages, operating systems and networks; the idea is to make it as easy as possible for your potential employer to quickly see what they are looking for.
Do not include outdated skills or things that are not relevant to the role and only include things that you can confidently talk about in the interview.

Employment History

You should include the name of the employer, your job title and also the dates of employment. Your potential employer will be interested in your previous work experience; this makes it important to describe your activities in each of your relevant positions. Also, talk about any key achievements and responsibilities (e.g. number of staff, reduction in costs, length of projects etc.) that have helped you to build your skillset.

Interests

You should use your interests section to highlight the things that show off the skills you’ve gained that are relevant to the role you are applying for. You can talk about any positions of responsibility, or give examples of working individually or in a team. This is an opportunity to show how you develop your skills in your spare time and how your interests are linked to your professional life, Google Code Jams and Hackathons are things that will stand to recruiters.

March 1, 2017