The last ten years have been without doubt the most prosperous for job seekers specialising in the IT and Digital sectors. The rise of technologies such as: cloud storage, AI, new programming languages, digital marketing etc, have resulted in millions of new jobs being made available for IT professionals working at all levels.
This does however mean that more job markets are becoming increasingly competitive, especially within the IT and Digital sectors. To find your dream career you will need to stand out head and shoulders above the competition… but how? Answer; with a CV that will get you noticed! So, if you are ready to the take the next step in your IT career and own 2020, read this guide.
1. The basics: how to structure a CV
Structure is the cornerstone of any good CV. Without it, you run the risk of confusing the reader, and if an employer can’t read it, chances are it’s going in the bin. With this rule it’s better to stick to what you know, see below for a basic CV format that will guarantee a simple and easy to read CV.
Top of page: Personal Details - name, address and contact details - in postal letter format
Below Personal Details: Personal Statement - around 50-150 words
Below Personal Statement: Core Skills – bullet point professional skills that are relevant to the role
Below Skills: Career History – place most relevant roles first! Include employer contact details and the date you worked there, a brief list of your role and responsibilities and achievements
Below Career History: Education – include most recent educational accolades first i.e. University > College > High School. Include school name, course titles and certificates
Below Education: Technical Skills – bullet point technical IT skills and proficiencies
Remember: Keep the design simple, make sure each section is clear to read and is properly segmented, a good CV should be around two A4 pages long. Make sure the same font is used throughout your CV and that the font is simple, Comic Sans is a no go!
2. Make it relevant
This is a great way to differentiate yourself from the competition. Closely read the job description, identify keywords and terminology and ensure that your CV matches that terminology. Look at key skills and requirements and make sure that any skills you have that match those requirements are located higher up in your CV. This will instantly grab the employer’s attention and will keep them engaged with your resume.
Remember! Never lie or exaggerate the truth on your CV, if exposed this could result in the termination of your application, even if you are hired! Stick to the truth and the right career will find you.
3. Go big or go social
Over half of employers now use social media in the application process. The figure is likely much higher in the digital tech industry. But, this can be used to your advantage. Throughout the recruitment process engage with the company online via social media, look at the type of content they are sharing and share similar content. A relevant and clean digital footprint will show the employer that your interests are closely aligned with the company’s, an attribute that will surely help you stand out.
Remember! If you do not want the employer to check your social media pages, or if you believe that there is anything in your digital footprint that could compromise your chances of getting the job, make your social media pages private!
4. Go the extra mile: how to make your CV stand out
It doesn’t just stop at your CV, there different ways to make you application more engaging and stand out. A great way to do this is to create engaging supporting documents or links that highlight your professional achievements. Certain platforms can help cater your application to your industry, for example if you were applying for a data architect role, attach a digital infographic of a past project, with figures demonstrating the successes attributed to your involvement. If you are applying for a more creative role, such as a web developer or UX designer, create a portfolio of web designs on hosting sites such as Squarespace or Instapage.
Remember! The sky is the limit when it comes to strengthening your CV, using different online tools will provide you with a greater chance to demonstrate your achievements and capabilities. But, ensure the additional resources you include are relevant to the role you are applying for.
So there we have it, four ways to make sure your IT CV is set for success in 2020. Whether you are an experienced professional, or are just starting off on your career journey, following these tips will help make you stand out early on in the recruitment process.
If you are looking for a new opportunity in the IT and Digital sectors, get in touch with us today on 0113 380 1912. From all of us at the Bridge, Happy New Year!