Tips to Great Tech CV for Newbies
Applying for a tech role takes the same process as any other job role, so you need a great tech CV to stand out.
Asides showing your tech skills practically, you still need to have a standard CV as you need a document to introduce yourself and your skills.
So, what goes into a great tech CV?
The recruiter may not be someone of technical background and would not be swooning over just your practical skills but would also look out for your interpersonal skills and objectives.
With hundreds of applications being received, recruiters just scan for the key points which fit into the role you are applying for and don’t spare time reading the whole of your CV. Some companies use recruiting software, so it will not consider how voluminous your CV is, rather the key skills and description that have been programmed for selection.
For example, say for a role of a PHP Developer, keywords like PHP, PHP Framework, Bootstrap, etc will catch the eye of the recruiter or the software. However, that doesn’t mean you should include PHP skills when you don’t know PHP – Honesty is key in the recruitment process.
At Fofx Academy, we help our students create great CV’s for tech roles, below is a list of things to take note of in crafting a great tech CV that gets you in the door.
Length of Resume
For an entry-level or position with 0-5 years experience, the CV should not be more than a page because you don’t need or have much experience for that job role. Therefore, it is advisable to keep your CV short and detailed.
Like a title, your CV should have your first and last name so it’s easy for the recruiter to identify you and your skills, accomplishments, and everything contained in your CV. Spelling it “Resume” or “CV” is irrelevant. The recruiter knows the document is a CV already.
Personal/Career/Professional Statement/Summary or Objectives
Whatever name you call it, a Statement is like a summary of your accomplishment and your next job goal.
For example, as provided on Zety:
“I just finished my bachelor’s degree in information technology. I have what it takes to be a great web developer, the front end or back end. Seeking a position on any web development team that will have me” – WRONG
“Recent bachelor’s degree recipient with a background in web design and development. W3C web developer certification. Over 3 years of experience working on personal blogs, taking one from 1,000 monthly visitors to 50,000 visitors per month in just 1 year. Seeking to become the next front end developer for Jameson Communications.” – RIGHT
According to Zety, As an entry-level developer, the career objective substitutes experience with mentioning your career goals. Pro Tip: “Write your statement or objective last as it is easier and more effective to get your work history, IT skills, and education in order to help inform the direction for your heading statement. As with the summary statement, show rather than tell.
If you have numbers to back up your claims, add them! Your statement is like a summary of what the person you are, what achievement you have, what you can do, measurable impacts you’ve made (in the role or skill you’re relying on), and what you plan to achieve with/or through the organization you’re applying to – all in honest and simple words.
With the most recent coming first, show recruiters how you have performed in recent roles. Not all work experiences are relevant. You might not need to include that time you worked as an intern or clerk during the summer break.
Your work experience must include “Company/Organization name, Duration (Year), Role, Describe/identify key objectives and contributions you played in that role. Even if it is one or two work experience you have, it is what you achieved that counts – quality over quantity.
State your most recent education and certifications (in the same reverse mode as work experience), including the institution, location, year of education (graduation) and relevant coursework or study. You don’t need to list all your educational background down to your nursery/primary education or even creche – it is IRRELEVANT. Online certification and courses count also.
This section states the skills you have that are required for the job. Note that, not only is technical skills being sought, recruiters look for soft skills like interpersonal relationships. If you are great at resolving conflict and collaboration, state it.
Your recruiter needs to know how to contact you, so it should be on the top page after your name. Recruiters might not read through the whole length of your CV, so let them find you easily from the top. Include your primary mobile number, email, home address, linkedIn, Github or other important showing your professional profile and work.
You do not need to provide references in your CV. Save that space for other important things.
Your references will be requested for when you’re being considered or already employed, so wait till it’s requested. Often times, your old employer might be contacted, so keep a good relationship with them.
Hobbies, Languages & Activities are less important except such activities will give you an added advantage in such roles.
And WORDS! Don’t just use random, generalized or un-moving words, instead use simple and understandable words. You should use action words that show you are actively engaged in your achievements and confident in your skills.
Also, note that your recruiter may not be a techie but just someone looking for the right applicant, so reduce the buzzwords. So keep it short, detailed and interesting!
Start writing or editing that tech CV now to get the “stand-out” effect.