Updating your CV can seem like a lot of effort, especially if you have been in your current role for a lot of years. Your CV may have been left to one side untouched as you didn’t need it, but now that you’re looking to move on, this is the time to make sure you get it right. Where should you start?
1 – Personal Profile
You only have one chance to make a first impression, and this comes from the personal profile section on your CV. If your CV is going to be piled upon others, you need to make sure yours stands out. Firstly, you should introduce yourself by telling employers/recruiters a little bit about you.
Things to include:
- Your character/how would you best describe yourself
- Previous role
Remember that this section should be no longer than two short paragraphs max.
Right, so you’ve made a good start with your personal profile, now you need to add some more detail. What’s important to include in the rest of your CV?
2 – Skills and Abilities
Make sure you list your soft skills along with your technical skills. Bullet point a lot of the skills you have gained during your employment in IT. Again, this section will prove to employers and recruiters that you’re familiar with the industry and you’re experienced.
3 – Employment History
You are now an experienced IT professional who now has the advantage to talk about what you’re good at and what you have been involved in. Talking about the basics of customer service just won’t cut it – you need to elaborate on the experience your previous role has given you.
Name of company
Time of employment
Write a short paragraph that gives a brief overview of your role.
Make sure you cover:
- What technology do you use?
- What projects have you been involved in?
- What is your ticket closure rate (example)?
- What are your skills and abilities?
Once you have done your paragraph, go on to bullet point what your role and responsibilities included on a day to day basis. This is key! Especially if the next role you’re applying for requires some of the same duties. Recruiters will be able to match this section to the role they’re hiring for.
4 – Hobbies and Interests
Although this section may not seem as important as the others – it is. Employers and recruiters who go through your CV will want to get a feel of what kind of person you are. Make sure you add something interesting about yourself in there and what you enjoy doing. Also, if you can tie some of your hobbies and interests to IT, that will help you a lot in the application stage!
5 – Tailoring your CV to the job you’re applying for
Although you should already have tailored your information above to IT, it’s a good idea to emphasise the essentials, where possible, when you see a job spec you want. Although their essentials may not have been a huge part of your previous job, try to make all your relevant experience stand out as much as you can. Recruiters and employers match CVs to the job specs they’re hiring for, and if your previous experiences and skills match that job spec, you will have a really good chance of getting in for an interview.