The best CV advice for IT professionals

So, you’ve made it through uni, handed in your student’s union card, bought 5 sets of shirt and tie combos from Next, and reminded yourself of what it’s like to get out of bed in the AM.

At Vertex we’re always connecting with our candidates – helping them develop and improve their CV. A good CV should open doors to your career – not close them. With that in mind you should always critically reflect on the content and the layout of your CV, and constantly put yourself in the position of an employer.

Today we want to share with you what our candidates have found most interesting and most useful about the advice we have given them.

Place more importance on your personality

If you’re serious about scoring a decent position within an IT company, it’s important to inform potential employers about the computer languages, programs, and hardware that you are skilled in utilising, but when it comes to your CV, this shouldn’t outweigh how you communicate who you are as a person. Sure employers are looking for very specific skills when they are recruiting, but what is arguably more important is whether you have the personality required to perfectly fit into the role that you are applying for. ‘Good communicator’, ‘Team player’, ‘Self-motivated’, these are all phrases that you should consider using when writing your CV.

Talk about your experience

In the current climate, what sets you above your rivals for any position is your experience. Structured properly, and appearing early on in your CV, your list of past experience represents your best opportunity to impress employers, giving them a flavour of your problem solving skills and the methods and processes that you use throughout a project.

1 page, or 2 page maximum

Use your skills with Photoshop or a program of choice to not only make your CV look good, but narrow it down to 2 pages (or 1 if possible). Recent research indicates that employers absorb approximately 60% of the first page of your CV, and 40% of your second page. The third page is considered obsolete, I mean, think about it, if you were an employer do you think you’d have time or the patience to read 100 three page CVs in a day? Make sure you prioritise the information on your CV, making the most important elements appear on the first page, and the not so important elements on the second.

Research the company you intend to join

Presuming you’re as handy with computers that you say you are, it should be a doddle to research and tailor your CV to the company that you are sending it to right? Completely some research will enable you to get a fill for the kind of company you are applying to, which, in turn, will open up opportunities for you to alter your CV accordingly before mailing it to said employer.