What’s most important on an IT CV? Technical skills? Experience? Qualifications? We find out how an IT CV differs from those in other industries and how to write a CV that won’t get you deleted from a recruiter’s database. Take a look at Jobsite’s IT vacancies and then put your IT CV skills to the test.
© ShutterstockNever the same CV twice
The most important thing to remember with CVs is that, like a covering letter, every one you submit should be tailored to a specific job. Whether you’re a recent graduate or an
The UK job market is a competitive place, meaning getting yourself noticed by a potential employer is a challenge. Invest some time in creating a professional CV that will stand out and get you through to the all-important interview.
Often employers are faced with a pile of CV’s and insufficient time to read each one in detail, make sure yours has all the key points easily jumping off the page, and avoid these common mistakes -
If you’re new to the job market, your qualifications and experience only tell a small part of the story about who you are and what you may be able to do. The key for recruiters, then, is to find the clues that tell them which candidates have the potential to be great. Here’s what they’re looking for…
© Getty ImagesDon’t get hung-up on academic results
Academic results, professional qualifications, previous experience. These are all important to recruiters, but they won’t get you a job on their own. They’re a good indicator – of intellect, application and relevant knowledge
With an in-tray full of applications an employer will spend approximately 20 seconds casting an eye over each one. You have to be sure that in those 20 seconds your cover letter has sufficient impact to make the reader want to know more about you.
A covering letter builds upon the information you provided in your CV, it is a focussed sales pitch stating clearly in simple language just why this company should employ you. All of its contents should reaffirm to the reader that you are the right person for that job.
There is no such thing as a standard example of a good CV. A CV is only “good” if it works…if it fulfils its purpose of marketing your skills and expertise. If you are receiving calls and emails because recruiters/employers have seen your CV, then you have a good CV that works for you.
A CV should provide a summary of your expertise and evidence of your achievements. The reader wants to understand what you have to offer a future employer and this should leap off the page. Too often recruiters are presented with exhaustive bullet-pointed lists of everything a