CV Guide: Information to include

This post is part of a complete guide on writing CVs, dealing with recruiters and attending interviews. The complete guide can be found here: https://developercareers.wordpress.com/contents/

 

CVs are a highly subjective thing, everyone will read them differently, your CV will be viewed differently by various people in the process. It may be read as a complete document, start to finish, or it may be used purely as a point of reference of your key skills.

Your CV has to be suitable for every scenario, the best way to ensure yours will be successful is to separate it into sections and ensure that each section offers the necessary information as detailed below. This way will ensure the correct information will not be missed.

The recommended length of a CV varies. Many people have heard that a CV should be 2 pages, but I have never had a complaint for a CV being over 2 pages. My recommendation would be to aim for the CV to be 3-4 pages. The important thing is the content not the length. When composing your CV write clearly and concisely. Do not sell yourself short but be careful not to waffle. Take a hint from marketers and salesmen – when writing advertising copy, speeches or sales pitches the content is written and edited many times before a final document is produced. This will be one of the most important documents you will ever write and will dictate your future so it is important that you get it right.

For things to include you should add:

  • Personal information
  • Personal statement
  • Technical skills
  • Career history
  • Supplementary information

Top 2% tip: The top 2% of candidates prepare a general version of their CV and then make subtle changes to highlight your suitability for each position you apply for. See end of guide for a more detailed description of this technique.

@RecWorks

This post is part of a complete guide on writing CVs, dealing with recruiters and attending interviews. The complete guide can be found here: https://developercareers.wordpress.com/contents/

Originally titled ‘the top 2%’ the copy has been researched, compiled and edited continually over the last five years by the team at RecWorks Ltd. An IT recruitment consultancy aimed at spotting and developing technical talent with a focus in Java and Graduate developers.

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  1. […] You can read more about our thoughts on writing CVs and a complete guide from scratch here: https://developercareers.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/information-to-include/ […]

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