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How to Write a Successful CV for IT Jobs

How to Write a Successful CV for IT Jobs

Posted: 13 Oct 2017

Regardless of the job that you are hoping to apply for, having a CV that succinctly displays each of your achievements and qualifications is a must-have. With specific criteria that you should make sure that your CV includes, it can often be seen as a daunting task, especially considering that your CV is usually the first point of contact that you will have with your future employer.

Whilst writing a successful CV is vital in every industry, creating one when you wish to apply for jobs within the IT sector should include some additional information. When beginning to write a draft of a CV for any job application, ensuring that the vital information that you have used is correct is of paramount importance. However, be careful not to waste valuable space with unnecessary details about yourself that are unlikely to have any impact on your job application. Concerning the basics, the only necessities are your phone number and email address, as these offer your potential employer the opportunity to contact you if necessary.

Once you’ve begun forming your CV, it is time to start considering how to lay out the rest of the information that you wish to include. Below, we’ve created a list of the top things that you should consider including if you want to land your dream job.

1) Plan the Structure of Your CV

It should be common knowledge that a CV should be kept as short as possible, with four pages being the absolute maximum. Keeping all the information as brief and concise as possible allows future employers to view your vital information quickly, allowing them to form their decision on whether or not you are suitable in as little time as possible. Your future employer will have several other CV’s to read when advertising for a job, so it is unlikely that they’ll have the time to thoroughly read resumes that are several pages long. So, it is important to make sure that you create a structure that displays all the relevant information in the best way possible.

We would recommend displaying your information in this format:

–    Personal Statement

–    Work Experience

–    Key Skills and Competencies

–    Academic Qualifications

–    Achievements

When starting to draft, it is essential to consider how the page looks and how easily the eyes can scan it. Beginning with an overview of your career and achievements can act as a synopsis, and provides the recruiter with everything that they need to know about you in as few characters as possible. This opening statement requires you to provide employers with a bit of background on you as a person; this should mention your character, your goals and achievements. However, at this stage, you should aim to keep this as short as possible, so only include highlights. Despite this, you should use this to sell yourself, so conveying the information in an attention-grabbing way is beneficial.

2) Work Experience

If this is your first job in the IT sector, this might be slightly sparse, but this section shouldn’t be saturated with irrelevant job experience that you don’t think could benefit you. For those of you who have already worked within the industry then you should display your career highlights. In this section, you should date any periods of employment, placing the most recent at the top. This provides employers with information about what you are doing currently and allows them to factor in if you would need to give a notice period to your current employer.

3) Key Skills

This is perhaps one of the most important parts of your CV, as it can show your proficiencies and competencies to the best of their ability. In this section, the importance isn’t placed on describing what each of the skills is, so try and keep this section to short bullet points in order to deliver the information as quickly as possible.

Whilst you are trying to showcase your ability in the sector, it is important to list only the skills that you think are the most beneficial to the job that you are applying for. In this section, it is important to only include skills that you have a thorough, comprehensive knowledge in and skills that are still applicable. Including outdated skills which use software that is no longer used can often lead the employer to believe that you are fabricating your CV, or that you do not have the specific knowledge needed.

Emily Heap, Business Manager at Computer Futures states: “Don’t take adverts too literally – most employers are flexible and it is always worth applying if you match 70% of what is required… Give recruiters details of specific examples of technical projects – the more your CV includes your key skills, the more likely you are to be matched up in job searches!”

4) Academic Qualifications

It can be easy to pour all of your qualifications onto the page. However, not only does that take up valuable space but it is unnecessary! When applying for an IT job, it is important to include any qualifications that you may have attained through working in the industry as this shows potential employers that you know that specific area.

For those who are looking for their first job in the industry, there is a greater importance placed on this. However, if you have experience that you have gained through working, then emphasizing that in previous sections could be of greater benefit to you.

As Ireland’s specialist IT recruitment company, we aim to find you the perfect IT job. We’re always happy to receive CV’s from those looking to find a new position and one of our consultants will contact you to help ensure that you find the job that’s right for you.

If you’re looking for more information or to browse our available range of jobs, including C# jobs in Ireland, then why not take a look at our website and get in touch?

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