In today’s competitive job market it’s important to make your CV stand out. A CV is a document in which you are marketing something: yourself! An easy to read CV allows the hiring manager to see, at a glance, how your individual experiences can contribute to a company’s success.
Follow the tips below to be on track for the perfect tech CV:
Career proﬁle (or Personal statement)
Your personal statement aims to capture the hiring managers interest. It sets the tone for the rest of the document and should describe the value you can bring to a potential employer through your skills, experience and achievements. You should aim to make this section specific to each role you apply for.
Your tech skills and certifications
Once you have listed your technical skills and certifications highlight the ones that match the requirements in the job description, then expand on how you used them in previous roles. The technical skills required for a role can evolve, sometimes quickly, so it is vital that you demonstrate through your experience or your certifications that you have what the employer is looking for.
Use bullet points
Write a summary of each role, followed by supporting bullet points around your specific achievements, responsibilities and contributions. Try to keep a list to approx. 5-8 bullet points (of 1-2 lines each). It is crucial not to make it too wordy, overall presentation of your CV is important.
Minimise use of jargon/terminology
Think about who you are writing your CV for, not everyone will know your industry or technology jargon. The language you use can have as much influence on the impact of your CV as what you decide to put into it. So avoid if it possible or at least keep it to a minimum.
Showcase your career progression
Make sure that the descriptions of your previous roles are not repetitive. Each project you have worked on is unique, you may have learnt a new skill or had more responsibility, ensure you elaborate on this.
Avoid errors, spell check!
Take the time to proofread your CV, spelling and grammar and punctuation mistakes can make you look unprofessional. Ensure you use spell check but don’t rely on it to find every error, ask a friend or family member to review it for you, as they are likely to spot small mistakes that you might have missed.
Tailor your CV to each role
Your CV should not be one size fits all as no two jobs are identical. Take the time to tailor your CV to the requirements of the position you are applying for to give yourself a good chance of getting the interview. Show which of your qualities are suited to the job and make sure they stand out.
These tips should help you create a great CV that will help to get your next job, or at least secure an interview for it! Contact us [hyperlink to contact us page] to find out more about how we can help you.
Margaret Kelly, Marketing Assistant based at K2 Partnering Solutions HQ in London.