How to write a CV for the IT sector

Posted at 18 November 2019

Alex is very happy! The 25-year-old has just completed his undergraduate degree in information technology. After spending countless hours with his nose in books or his eyes glued in front of a computer screen, it is now time for him to design the perfect CV that will help him get the position he so desires.

However, even if Alex can easily write and read any line of code, he doesn't really know how to write a CV for the IT industry. Let's give him a hand, shall we?

For who and why should you write a CV?

First, a valid question arises: who will review Alex's CV? Well, depending on the size and structure of the company, the CV can fall into the hands of different people.

The first department to receive Alex's CV will probably be the Human Resources Department. This department's staff will scan it for specific keywords related to the job description. Depending on the case, Alex should make sure to repeat the terms that recruiters are looking for 4 to 5 times. For example, if the position concerns the management of technological infrastructures, our candidate would benefit from emphasizing this term, without becoming overly redundant.

When the resume leaves the HR department, it will most likely go to the team leader who will want to know if Alex has the required expertise. To convince him, our young graduate has to highlight the technologies he knows best and the projects he has worked on so far.

Structure your CV for greater clarity

Once the relevant information has been identified, Alex must then structure his CV. The goal here isn't to create a stunning visual. The important thing is simply to build a clear and easy-to-read CV with titles, bullets and a single font. In short, the structure should be simple to understand and pleasing to the eye.

Avoid fluff and get to the point

Although Alex has many skills and has worked on several projects and participated (and won) several competitions, our IT job candidate needs to remain concise. In fact, his CV should not exceed 2 pages. For some experienced candidates, this can be quite a challenge.

To get to the point, Alex must choose the points he wants to focus on based on the job description. Roughly speaking, he has to write a CV that is tailor-made for this position and exclude any irrelevant information. This will ensure that his IT skills and achievements are highlighted for the position being sought. After all, a CV is only a means of qualifying for an interview and voluntarily omitted information can just as easily appear on your LinkedIn profile or personal website.

Write a winning CV and get the job you want

Following these few tips, Alex will be able to write a CV that is perfectly tailored to the IT sector and stand out from the crowd. It is then up to him to continue his excellent work during the interview, the pivotal moment when he will meet the recruiter.

To learn more about temporary and permanent recruitment for IT jobs, visit the news section of our website or contact us.


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