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The Biggest Dos and Don'ts For Your Tech CV

17 March 2017

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Did you know the employment of tech specialists is expected to grow 12% by 2024? As the most fast-paced desk in recruitment, hundreds of applicants are already fighting for a single role, so it’s more important than ever that your candidacy makes an impact. Don’t just rely on LinkedIn; the traditional CV is still critical to your success. Tech companies see huge quantities at a time, and if yours isn’t structured in the most effective way, it will be disregarded. Guarantee you stand out from the crowd with our top dos and don’ts:

Dos

  • Ensure your CV flows logically from the overview through to key skills, work experience, qualifications and links to any online portfolios or websites. This will make it easier for the hiring manager to break down your information and find the points most salient to the opportunity.
  • Utilise GITHUB, an open source platform that allows developers all over the world to contribute their code to a problem. It’s an excellent way to build your profile, prove your abilities and show clients how you get involved in the tech community. It can also be considered a first-round technical test.
  • There’s a lot to be said for brevity, so choose your words well. A CV of two pages with only pertinent information will fare far better than four disordered and densely packed pages. It may help to omit older qualifications or projects, as well as unnecessary personal details.
  • Implement a ranking system within your CV. This will make the content impactful, easy to read and tailored to what hiring managers want to see.
  • Make sure it looks the part within your specialism. The graphic appeal of your CV is just as significant as the words – especially if you work in design or UX. Give it a look and feel relevant to your market, so it won’t just leap out visually, but impress the right people with your trend-led knowledge.

Don’ts 

  • Include every technology you’ve heard of or used. You may include an element of tech you were proficient in 10 years ago, and then get sent a test. Failing that due to no recent experience will automatically disqualify you for any future roles at the company in question.
  • Use gimmicky tools. Templates may seem like a practical route to an enticing design, but you run the risk of looking the same as other applicants. Equally, text boxes can overwhelm the page, obliterating the valuable white space that gives your potential employers’ eyes a well-needed rest. Stick to bullet points.
  • Forgo the advice of recruiters. If your agency recommends that you refresh a certain element of your CV, it’s for a reason. They may feel your profile section doesn’t reflect your recent ambitions, or that credentials you haven’t kept up to date should be removed. Listen to the professionals. It’ll pay dividends in the long run.

For more hints and tips like this, just contact the OJ Tech team on +852 5804 9070.

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