Do's and don'ts of CVs.
The tech job search process starts with your CV. A well-written CV can be the gateway to your dream role, so why not get it right? The time you invest into polishing your CV to perfection will pay off in heaps.
Have you heard of the six-second scan? You have between 6 and 30 seconds to impress with your CV so make it count.
With countless online resources, it’s hard to cut through the noise and find the advice that is most relevant to you. We’ve compiled a quick list of do’s and don’ts to help you write an impressive tech-focused CV:
1. Personal profile
Tailor your profile to the role you’re applying for
Outline your current situation and mention your long-term goals
Indicate your availability to start
Write a generic/vague profile
Repeat what you wrote in your cover letter
Use industry jargon
2. Work history
Add a short description of the organisations you’ve worked at and roles you’ve undertaken
Explain gaps in your work history
End each section with a summary of your biggest achievements
Limit yourself - a 1-page CV is a myth
Focus on your past responsibilities. Instead, write about your accomplishments
Waste valuable space on irrelevant work experience
Insert relevant tech modules you’ve undertaken
Write about what skills you gained from your education
Include information about your accomplishments and final grades
Expand too much on extra-curricular activities if they are not of relevance
After your personal profile, add a section summarising your top skills and industry knowledge
Use bullet points to make your CV easy to read and follow
Title your CV with your profession e.g. SAP S/4HANA Consultant or Cloud Engineer
Overcomplicate with colourful and creative design
Use long sentences with complex structures. Simplicity is king
Project a professional tone
Use vivid and engaging language
Don’t use too much jargon
Avoid spelling mistakes at all costs
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