The top 5 IT CV must-dos to get yours noticed
The IT Industry is a fast-paced and competitive environment. To get ahead means landing a job with a cutting-edge company and to achieve that, you need a CV which sells you and your skills in the best possible manner.
CWJobs suggests when providing personal details, just include the basics such as your name, address, contact details, email and the URL to your website/blog if you have one. Place your key skills in a prominent position and bullet point them so that they can be easily read and it is easy to see what you are capable of. Exaggeration is not a good idea, you will get caught out.
List your work experience starting with the most recent first and only go into detail about relevant roles. No-one in IT cares about bar work! Briefly list your qualifications in order of the most relevant using both academic and professional ones. Keep your personal interests short but be sure to include any that you have as they will provide insight as to your suitability for the company.
Finding the Balance
There is only a limited amount of space on your IT CV in which to sell yourself, your skills, experience and activities – both professional and outside of work. Try to find the balance between skills and experience. List your skills but try to put them into the context of each role you have worked in and the manner in which you achieved them.
Skills are the more important part of the equation. CWJobs tell us that you should showcase specific skills such as programming languages so that potential employers will know what level you are at and whether you are eligible for certain roles.
You should tailor your IT CV for each role you apply for. The appropriate skills should be placed in the most prominent position and the relevant experience should be highlighted. If you follow the DevOps methodology, you will understand that certain skills sets are only applicable for corresponding roles. Don’t write a new CV each time; just move your information around your template so that it applies to the current role.
Presentation and Layout
The look of the CV is everything. To start with, your IT CV needs to stand out from the crowd and stick in the mind of the reader. There is a myriad of different templates which can be downloaded that will get you started. However, the best CVs are always the most original in design yet informative and easy to read and use in practice.
Just remember an exciting and innovative CV still needs to have the right information contained within it to be useful. Whether it is presented as a timeline, a pictograph, info-graphic or anything else, you still need to include the basics: your skills, experience, a little something about yourself and some contact details.
Address your application to the correct person
Research your contacts at the companies you apply for, this can be done from the company website or through social media sites such as LinkedIn. Is your contact in IT, HR or general management? Word your CV accordingly.
The IT Manager will know and understand the terms you use giving you the chance to demonstrate your technical prowess. Alternatively, if your CV is to go straight to a non-technical HR manager, you should go for less technical language and mention your achievements in terms of the overall advantages they have brought to the company.
Once you have your IT CV looking the best you can make it, all that is left to do is apply for the role and ace the interview !
Are you an IT professional with a winning CV? Do you have any other tips that will help others land that dream IT job?