There are many formats for CVs and Resumes. None is any more correct than another, but you need your resume or CV to be effective and get you work.
Research shows that many recruiters assess a CV in 30 seconds or less.
In this lesson we will discuss some key points and look at a couple of different layouts which would be suitable for an IT CV or resume. There are samples, which are available as downloads for you.
If you are working in a technical field, it is worth considering a Skills based format It is a more effective way of showcasing the skills that you will be hired for than a document that is industry focused or based on your achievements.
Space is at a premium on your CV. It is usual to restrict it to 2 pages of A4 or 3 at the most. The reader’s time is also at a premium. A recruiter or agency reading CV s is trying to out – sort all the irrelevant ones out as fast as possible. So you need a strong opening with key points in the top third of the document to pull the reader in.
Information needs to be relevant and concise, and each sentence should add value for the recruiter and employer. Don’t forget to use Power Words.
When you are writing a Skills-Based CV or Resume the focus will not be about who you worked for, or the responsibilities you had, or the projects you managed. Its objective is to showcases your experience and skills, and illustrate how they can apply to your new career track or to new contracts you want to be considered for.
Think about what skills and strengths the employer is asking for that you can deliver and that can be supported by your previous work. The job advertisement and description will itemise the skills, competencies and qualifications needed. You can review job descriptions for similar positions from other employers on job boards to get a sense of the requirements. You can probably identify the top 5 or 6 skills the employer needs.
If you are a contractor, your task is usually to achieve a specific contracted project such as a rollout or installation for the employer, and does not include making management changes to the client’s working arrangements .Your job is to go in, achieve the contracted task , and leave. So it can be difficult for you to point to achievements and cost savings delivered for which you can take credit.
List your contact information at the top of your resume, and then create a section called
Here list the job title you would give yourself, and then list job descriptions you would apply for.
Then create a section called
Qualifications /Key Skills/Training
And here list accreditations and qualifications you have, together with key skills.The next section is Career history
List your positions or key contracts in Reverse Chronological order, focusing on transferable skills you have demonstrated, as opposed to industry and functional-specific information.
Ideally the descriptions of your positions should include a broad overview and also specific accomplishments if possible. This allows recruiters to understand what you did day-to-day, and also, crucially, what effect your activities had on the company.
If you are not a contractor then you should be able to list achievements for each position. Or if you are a contractor then highlight your key skills and competencies.
In both cases include relevant experience and transferable skills that you have.
For example, if you are moving from managing IT projects to a broader role, then your key skills would include the ability to manage crews and subcontractors, the ability to meet tight deadlines and budgets, and the ability to ensure compliance with internal and external regulations. These skills are relevant to a lot of jobs besides IT.
ABC company Lead engineer managing crews on VOIP rollout. Managed site surveys to determine the IT infrastructure and cabling installation requirement. Creation of reports and stock allocation by site.
XYZ company Lead engineer managing phone system roll out using Siemens and Ascom kit to upgrade Analogue to an IP phone system. Managed contact between client and the lead contractor for quality issues. Delivered project on time and within budget.
If you have taken courses or volunteered for work that is relevant to your new career, include them, as that shows the employer that you have taken the initiative to continue to develop your skills yourself for this particular career.
There may also be skills you have that were not fully used in your previous career that are worth highlighting in your CV or resume now. For instance, can you speak several languages ? It would be worth noting this if the employer’s client base is international.
The interests section on a CV is not important , but helps to personalise your CV. Don’t use a lot of space if you do include one
Your new skills based CV should make it easier for recruiters to readily identify your relevant skills.
Name address and contact details
Then write a heading with your job title , e.g.
Network infrastructure specialist
Then underneath write a profile , mentioning types of work undertaken, with achievements and abilities e.g.
An experienced and motivated Network infrastructure specialist proficient in delivering comprehensive secure resilient systems on time and budget. An adaptable and effective team player with excellent communication skills.
Then list Technical proficiencies splitting them into appropriate sections such as ;-
Platforms M/s Exchange server. Windows Nt/2000 /Xp/ Vista, Linux , Unix
Networks Lan/Wan , VPN ,TCPIP Novell Ethernet
Languages HTML, Java script C++ Tools Lotus notes, MS office suite, Norton Firewall
List positions held and dates in reverse chronology with key achievements for each position, illustrating the improvements you have brought to each of them. Remember to use Power Words.
Name of company
Network engineer 2010-to present
Providing support for company wide network across 10 sites …….etc .
Designed and implemented a new …etc
Name of company
Network administrator 2008- 2010
Recruited to ………etc
Then create a section for Education and credentials
And a section for Professional certification
MCP, MCSE, MCITS, Microsoft Exchange Certified Professional
Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert
Then list any professional affiliations