Having seen many times which CV’s get interviewed and which candidates get declined, it is not the BEST candidates on the market that get the most interviews. It is the CV’s that are most suited to the requirement. It is not the strongest candidate; it is the most suitable CV. There is a technique, which only a small proportion of the IT Industry use, which allows them to stand head and shoulders above the rest. This technique has always been, and will always be used by the most successful people on the market, the candidates that always seem to be getting interviewed by every company. They are no better than other candidates; they just have more suitable CV’s.
It is simple all you have to do is tailor your CV to each role, if you do some research you should be able to work out from a job spec, company web site or job advert a little about what the company is looking for. All you have to do is highlight the areas of your background, which will be most appropriate. The trick to doing this is not to look like you have changed your CV for the role but instead to make subtle alterations to your Skills Matrix, Career History and Personal Statement that looks as though they are part of your general CV… and that you just happen to be a perfect candidate for the role.
If the prospective employer is an Investment Bank you could talk about your passion for the financial industry, include any involvement you have had with shares etc. and how your career goal is to end up working for a large investment bank.
If the client is a software development company that specialises in Content management systems and you have had experience working on one (even if it is a small amount) then you could include it as being a major point of interest within your personal statement and expand on your experience within your career history.
This simple technique could take only 5-10 minutes of your time to alter your CV and could be the difference between you getting your perfect job and you not even being invited for an interview.
Barry Cranford is the Managing Director of RecWorks Ltd. An IT recruitment consultancy aimed at spotting and developing technical talent with a focus in Java and Graduate developers.