Your CV is the first opportunity to make an impression on potential employers. Even before your cover letter has been read, a recruiter will skim your CV to screen for relevant information.
Wherever you go in the world, each country and industry will have its own expectations for what should be featured on a CV. For workers looking to make an impact in New Zealand's IT sector, designing a stand-out CV is vital.
1. Focus on accomplishments
Rather than focussing on what you were required to do in your job, shine a light on the moments when you went above and beyond. This can still mean describing your responsibilities, but use complimentary language to better market yourself. For example, rather than:
"I am responsible for maintaining the system infrastructure and integrating new technologies."
"Not only did I maintain the system infrastructure, but I seamlessly integrated new technologies, contributing to a 10 per cent increase in productivity."
Featuring the end results of your actions and, if possible, including tangible evidence, presents you as a front-running candidate.
2. Keep it concise
While it's important to feature ample information about your abilities, you also need to understand that whoever is reading your CV may be time-poor. Aim to keep your CV to a single page, and cut out low-value information.
Make sure the experience and skills included in your CV are relevant to the job you're applying for. With each job application you should tweak your CV to really target the reader in a concise word count.
3. Cut the jargon
While you're applying for an IT or tech job, the person reading your CV might not be highly knowledgeable in your field. Overly-technical terminology can confuse recruiters who may not have the same industry knowledge as you, so aim to simplify your language for universal readers.
Feature keywords and action verbs that are relevant to the position, but explain or simplify any especially niche jargon.
Your name and contact details should always be the first information available to the reader.
4. Prioritise information
You only have six seconds to communicate that you're the perfect fit for a role1.
So, you need to arrange the most important information to be quickly noticed. If you're applying for a C-Suite position after several years in your industry, your previous education is probably not as relevant as your most recent experience.
Your name and contact details should always be the first information available to the reader, after which you want to feature your technical skills and experience before other fields like education, interests or referees.
Even the most skilled IT workers may not necessarily feel confident marketing themselves. Fortunately, 920 are specialists in New Zealand IT recruitment. To land the IT job of your dreams, contact us today.
1– Ladders, How recruiters see your resume