Working in a HR agency specialized in recruiting IT talent, it is not surprising that hundreds of CVs pass through our computers every week. The CV is the first contact between worker and company, and from it we obtain both formal information (your education or your professional experience) and informal information (your style, creativity and professionalism).
That is why if you are looking for work in the IT sector, we recommend that you take the time to write a good CV, as it will maximize the chances of being called for an interview.
So, what differentiates a good CV from a regular one in the IT sector? What characteristics should it have?
1. Must be accurate and updated. It is not necessary to give too many details of each specific project, but your CV must contain all the important information, basically distributed in four parts: summary, education, professional experience and known technologies . In the interview you can always develop more particular functions or comment on a specific professional experience.
2. It must include all the information of the technologies and programming languages with which you have worked, as well as their versions. This point is especially important within the IT sector, since each position requires specific technologies. You must also explain in each project what technologies you have used. Includes all those that you can demonstrate with confidence in an interview, since they will surely ask you for your practical experience or they will even carry out a technical test. For example:
– Java (3 years of experience)
– Back-end developer: Java (4 years), Spring boot (2 years), Node.js
3. If you have computer certifications, add a link with the certificates as many companies value them.
4. In your professional experience, each position should include: Role, functions performed and technologies used, as well as the start and end date. For example:
· Programming Analyst (ACME SL) Sept. 2015 – January 2018
Project 1: Improved portal of Wayne SA (Sept. 2015 – Dec. 2015)
Functions: Being part of a team of 4 developers, I performed tasks as Analyst, Developer and Technical Manager, participating in the design, programming and implementation of the new version of your portal.
Tools and methodologies used: SCRUM, GIT, SVN, Eclipse, …
Project 2: …
5. You can be creative with the CV format but do not overdo it since the message can be confusing or it might be difficult to obtain the information needed. The format should be clear and organized. Keep in mind that the company has to be able to read multiple CVs in a short time.
With these tips, we are sure that you will optimize your chances of being called to an interview, and from there getting the job of your dreams is only one step away. 😉
What is really essential in an IT CV for you? Share your experience with us, leaving us a comment.