Sample CV preparation for IT professionals

Caroline O'Brien 19.04.2012

Every CV is different depending on what job you’re applying to. When it comes to jobs in the IT sector there’s a certain format that will make sure your true merits are picked up by a prospective employer. I've attached a sample IT CV for you to use as an example.

The Format

Education/Qualifications: Keep this short and concise. Simply list your qualifications, the colleges you attended and the years.

Technical Table: This should include the technologies you know, how many years you’ve used each and what your proficiency is with them.

Experience: This section should contain information about your current role followed by recent employment and the years you were in each role. I recommend that you include the following;

  • Employer name with a brief description about the company.
  • Job title and time you held each position.
  • Your main duties and responsibilities in bullet point format. Think about your responsibilities for each relevant role. What did you do on a daily and weekly basis?
  • Achievements whilst in the role. Where possible quantify with facts & figures i.e. did you increase productivity, did you beat deadlines, did you increase revenue? Mention projects you worked on and describe them in detail, including the technologies you used.
  • Give a list at the bottom of each role after the ‘duties and responsibilities’ of all the technologies you used while working there.

Hobbies/Interests: Don’t leave these out! They can provide some discussion points with your interviewers and give them a better feel for your personality.

References: Make sure these contacts have only good things to say about you.

Advice when preparing your CV

  • Take your time when preparing your CV. Taking extra time to proof read it could make all the difference.
  • If there are any gaps in your CV give a brief explanation why. i.e Traveling for a year.
  • Be prepared to back everything up when being interviewed. 
  • Your CV can be up to 4 or 5 pages in length as long as you describe in-depth the projects you’ve worked on and include your ‘duties & responsibilities’.
  • Ask a friend to quiz you on your achievments to make sure that you can back everything up.
  • After preparing your CV you should ask yourself some questions. Does my CV look clear, neat and concise? Are there any spelling mistakes? Is my CV a close match to the job specification and would I give myself the job?
Remember that this is just my advice on how to structure a good IT CV. I hope the information I outlined is helpful in tackling the daunting task of updating your CV. If you need any help feel free to contact me! 
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