Key Tips for Writing a Memorable CV

Tips for a memorable CVOver 90% of resumes are now posted online or sent via e-mail but are you embracing modern tech and the internet to specifically tailor your CV?

These tips will make your tech CV more accurate as well as different from the rest, adding personality and characteristics that are 2015-worthy. The average time spent by recruiters looking at a CV is from 5 to 7 seconds, so use these simple rules to stand out:

Write a Covering Letter

Starting with a good introduction of why you want the job and the reason your CV qualifies for the vacancy is the perfect ice breaker and the key to catching the recruiter’s eye. You’d be surprised at how many candidates see this as an obligation rather than the one chance to be unique and show passion for the role. Yet a survey in the US highlights that 42.9% of employers want their candidates to submit a cover letter.

Choose a Good Template

Executive CV writer, Stacie Renna, advises that you should customise your CV to highlight your qualifications and your experience. Choosing a customisable template with some colour can also make a big difference to stand out rather than opting for the conventional black and white. Remembering that recruiters spend very little time looking at CVs, opt for a template that is as short as possible and maybe even uses graphic images to catch the eye and save space.

Having a touch of your personality and moving outside of the box will also give your interviewer a more personal feeling of who you are, as well as showcasing that you know how to present yourself effectively. This creative blog will give you some good creative ideas for your CV template options.

Include Your Specialist Portfolios

No matter what your specialism within IT and tech, the easiest way to confidently stand behind your skills is to show your work. It can place you in an interview situation much faster and can also provide visual proof of why you may deserve a higher starting salary than competing candidates. You could use Github if you’re a developer or Behance to show your design portfolio. Otherwise, be sure to include a link to your LinkedIn profile and ask former clients and colleagues to comment on where your skills are strong and which projects you’ve excelled. 93% of recruiters are likely to look at a candidate’s social media profile and a fully updated and credited LinkedIn profile builds trust and reduces the recruiter’s fear of hiring someone too inexperienced.

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