Since you are currently browsing on WeCode NI you must be considering a new job sometime soon. As an IT Recruiter with over 7 years’ experience, I have been asked on numerous occasions what structure a CV should take and what content should be and shouldn’t be included. Some developers have stayed in the same job for quite some time and haven’t written a CV in a while, others have never written a CV.
Firstly, lets bust a couple of myths that are out there about CV’s. The main one I hear on a regular basis is that a CV should be kept to one or two pages. If you are a developer with over ten years’ experience in a range of different contract positions, this is an impossibility. If you need to take five pages to get your career history down on paper, then do so.
Another myth that seems to be out there is that a developer needs to write down every technology they have ever had experience with no matter how brief it was. Just because you covered a module of C# in university doesn’t mean you should have it on your CV. Some companies will ask you to back up every skill you have on your CV so if you can’t, then remove it straight away. Only include skills you are competent in.
Don’t send the same CV to every job that you apply for. Tailor it specifically to each position. Use the job description to help you with this. If it lists several essential skills that you have then make sure they are clearly visible on your CV.
The easiest way for you to showcase your technical ability is to showcase your projects on GitHub. More and more companies are asking for an active GitHub account. It tells the employer that you are passionate about what you do and you are continually seeking to improve as a developer.
If you would like me to read through your CV and offer additional tips then feel free to reach out to me at Gareth@corvus.jobs.