How to write an effective IT CV

 

With over 70,000 live vacancies each month, IT is becoming one of the most active job markets.

However, as the IT sector is still very new, it can be difficult to know how to write an effective CV which will stand out to an employer.

We’ve written an in-depth guide to help you create a ‘top of the shortlist’ CV for IT opportunities.


Tailor your CV

Every CV that a recruiter or hiring manager looks at is judged on how well you match the criteria that is essential for the role. For that reason, you need to tailor your CV for every single job application.

Take time to thoroughly read the job description and highlight key points in order of importance. The key information needs to be mentioned throughout your CV to tailor it to the role.


IT Jargon

Although it’s recommended to make your CV easy to read, you need to demonstrate that you understand the technical language in the sector. Aim to strike the right balance between readability and knowledgeability. Add a sentence to explain any niche software or programmes you have used. 


Personal Summary

IT is becoming an increasingly popular job choice so it’s imperative that you make your personal summary to the point and a strong statement about you. Take a look at the company’s website and research their values. Are there any buzzwords that they mention to describe the businesses culture which you can use to describe yourself? For example:

I’m an ambitious and driven IT Manager with over 10 years’ experience in managing large teams and finding solutions to IT issues. I have a proven ability in optimising security and workflow efficiencies.

 

Employment History

This section of your CV will highlight where you’ve worked, how long for and the responsibilities you had whilst there.

Start your employment history with your present or most recent employer. Then follow on chronologically to your first employer which is relevant to the position you’re applying for.

You need to include your job title, dates of employment, the company and your main responsibilities, for example:

Web Developer

“Web Agency, September 2017 – Present

Responsibilities:

  • Web project management of up to five websites at a time
  • Regularly updating clients’ websites with the correct and most secure certificates
  • Liaising with SEO developers to ensure all websites contained specific keywords”


Academic Qualifications

IT is a vast industry; the academic qualifications and educational paths vary significantly.

We recommend including a sentence or two about what you’ve specialised in throughout education to give the hiring managers and recruiters an idea of your strengths.

Start with the highest level of education you’ve achieved. If you have completed a degree or a level 6 apprenticeship include the qualification name, grade and where you studied. Followed by your college qualifications then GSCEs. For example:

“Throughout my education, I have specialised in web development, specifically mobile websites. At university, my modules focused heavily on app and web development and I have a true passion for designing UX friendly websites for people with restricted sight.

 

University of Sheffield, 2011-2014

2:1 BEng Hons Computer Systems Engineering 

 

Barnsley College, A-Levels, 2009-2011

Maths B, Chemistry A , Computing A

 

Sheffield High, GCSEs, 2004-2009

Five A*-C including Maths and English”

 

Skills

In this section, we recommend using a mixture of soft and hard skills including your technical skills.

Your soft skills are your character traits whereas hard skills focus on the competencies required for the job. By including a good range of these you can show an employer your personality and what you’re capable of.

If you have a long list of technical skills, pick out which ones are mentioned in the job description and make sure they are on your CV.

We often see that candidates only utilise half of the page on a CV. By using the column tool in Word you can split your information cross two or three columns to give you more room to include information.


Achievements  

The achievements section is what sets you above the crowd. In this section, you should focus on when you’ve gone above and beyond for your employer or colleagues.

The difficult part of this section is how to identify your achievements. Think about all your jobs to date and list your job achievements in all of them, including part-time positions or student jobs.

Find your past reviews or appraisals and see where you’ve exceeded your objectives or had an outstanding piece of feedback.

Request testimonials on LinkedIn from ex-colleagues. This will show you where a co-worker thought you went above and beyond.

Once you’ve done this, create a full list of your achievements and scale them 1-10 in order of the most valuable achievements. The first five are what you should definitely include if they are relevant to the position. Bank the others for your interview questions to give more examples of where you’ve exceeded expectations.


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