A CV is one of the most important documents of an IT professional’s life. Yet research conducted by CWJobs.co.uk has made it apparent that a large number of IT professionals are submitting substandard CV’s when applying for new roles. CWJobs.co.uk questioned 850 jobseekers and 150 IT recruiters, finding a big disconnection between the two groups.
A shocking nine out of ten IT jobseeker CVs included mistakes with the five most common being; spelling and grammar, excessively long, rambling, listing of irrelevant skills and no clear demonstration of technical skills. Additionally candidates seem to get the syntax of how they name technologies and products wrong.
CWJobs.co.uk research went on to find that 23% of IT professionals admit to getting someone else to write their CVs. This could be an explanation into the incorrect naming of technologies and products and the poor in-depth descriptions of achievements.
The majority of the 850 questioned jobseekers responded to the criticism of their CVs by expressing their preference and better ability to sell themselves in person rather than on a piece of paper. However when it came to interviews, 27% of IT recruiters said that IT candidates arrived for interviews in inappropriate casual dress.
With CWJobs.co.uk finding great criticism with IT jobseekers attitude and CV writing skills, what can the group do to improve their chances of standing out in an IT crowd?
The first is obvious; write your own CV. Getting someone outside of the IT sector to write your CV will know little about your qualifications and achievements, hence why descriptive mistakes are made.
Once you have written your CV, get someone inside and outside your profession to read through the document to check for grammar, spelling, technological and product descriptions and names.
Next it is essential understand the interview process and requirement. IT roles are increasingly client facing now and it is common for interviewers and clients to not necessarily fully understand both technology and the technical language used. So when it comes to the interview, be descriptive on your achievements and skills. This will allow for the interviewer to fully understand your abilities and prove that you are capable to communicate with non-technical and technical clients competently.
Finally, do not attend an interview in casual clothes, dress how the company would want a representative to dress. After all you are applying to become a part of their team.