Do's and don'ts of CVs.

11th April 2022

Blog post

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  

3. Education 


  • 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 

4. Structure 


  • 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 

5. Style 


  • 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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