You’re ready to apply for jobs, written your CV, sent it off and eagerly awaiting responses. A week passes and you have heard nothing. Maybe it’s time to take another look at your CV.
Putting together a good graduate technical CV is challenging, but done right and it will catch a recruiter’s eye and you’ll be swarmed with phonecalls.
1. Your CV should be tailored for the job
Recruiters quickly pass over a general CV that isn’t properly targeted to the job. The best CV’s have a clear and logical structure that should illustrate how you meet the minimum requirements and have the right skills for the job.
2. Make your technical skills stand out!
Include key technical skills (programming languages, platforms, systems) that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. Make sure you indicate your level of ability and include a brief on how you have applied each skill.
Haven’t had a full time technical role yet? Dont worry! Use examples from University, work experience and home projects. Not all computer science and technical degrees cover the same content, so it can be helpful to provide brief information about modules and projects that you have completed.
If you’ve gained some additional technical qualifications make sure you include these on your CV.
3. Promote your personal interests
Companies want to see a bit of personality, so don’t neglect the personal interests part of the CV, this is the only section where recruiters to get know you. Recruiters will expect your CV to reflect how much you love the tech industry.
If your personal interests are attending hackathons, tech meetups, code jams or taking online courses and blogging then make sure you include it! What you do in your own time tells them a lot about your natural motivations.
4. Don’t exaggerate
It’s extremely likely you will be reviewed by someone with substantial technical experience, therefore they will quickly spot any flaws in the information you include in your CV.
Some technology companies hire graduates from all backgrounds into technical positions, Some employers need you to just have basic technical knowledge, so in this case tell the employer why you are suitable for a technical role and what drives you to want to succeed.
5. Always check your CV twice
Details matter. Before you send your CV or cover letter you should always check through the text with the same rigour you’d check your code. Make sure you look through:
- Your spelling and grammar
- That your writing makes sense
- That you’ve included the information the employer wants
- The most important - that you tailor each cover letter to the prospective employer.
Employers are looking for smart, professional people who can develop high-quality technical solutions and who have a personality! Use your CV and cover letter to demonstrate you fit the bill.