Writing a CV that sells your skills..

Much has been written about what makes a great CV and what doesn’t.

I am writing this article from my 20 plus years experience in IT recruitment, no studies, no research just what I have learnt.

  1. Length – There has been much written about the right length for a CV, many studies suggest one page. Personally, if you are writing a cv for a technical role I think two pages is optimum, the reason for this is that you need to have a focus on your skills in a technical CV. Simply saying I am a developer doesn’t work and won’t get clients interested.
  2. Personal Information – Keep this simple and clean. Name, Address, Telephone number’s (mobile preferred), Email and if you have a GIT add this so the client can look at your coding.
  3. Skills Summary – I think it is always vital to have a skills matrix in a technical cv, this means clients can zone in on what skills you have, quickly and easily. This MAtrix should list all the technologies you have experience of and next to them the amount of time you have been using them, most experience at the top to least at the bottom.
  4. Jobs – Jobs should always be ordered newest to oldest and for each role, you should have a description of no more than 2 paragraphs but it is vital to include what skills you have used and what you did with them. It is no good to have a description that says “i built web applications” doesn’t work, clients look for details so make sure you say what you used tolls you used.
  5. Education – this needs to be at the end of the CV and needs to be concise, clients don’t want to see what you did at Junior school, just the main areas GCSE’s A-Levels and Degrees.
  6. References – Personally I would suggest leaving references off the CV, If a client wants to gather them they will ask (and it saves valuable space)

Follow these simple steps and you will have a cv that sells you to potential employers.

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