CV Writing Tips

What is a CV?

“A curriculum vitae (CV), provides an overview of a person's experience and other qualifications. ... a CV is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters regarding the job seeker and is typically used to screen applicants, often followed by an interview, when seeking employment”. Extracted from Wikipedia

Is your CV up-to-date?

Make sure the information on your CV is up-to-date, clear and concise. It is good practise to update your CV even when you aren’t looking for a new role. You never know when a new opportunity might arise; CVs aren’t just used to find work, use it to update your social profile. Now is a better time than any, you don’t know what your circumstances might be like tomorrow.

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The key points:

–      Contact Details
–      Personal Statement
–      Skills Summary
–      Employment History
–      Education
–      Hobbies / Interests

CONTACT DETAILS

•       Full Name and Surname
•       Address and postcode
•       Contact telephone numbers
•       Email address

PERSONAL STATEMENT

•       High-Level Summary
•       Opportunity to differentiate
•       Provides a snapshot of you as a candidate
•       Generally written in 1st or 3rd person
•       Approximately 3 / 4 lines – 200 words
•       Don't be too specific with your requirements

SKILLS SUMMARY

•       Technical Overview
•       Matrix vs. Free Text
•       Primary & Secondary
•       Be realistic and honest

Skills Matrix

Technology

Last Used

Skills Level

(out of  5)

Years’ Experience

C#

2012

5

5

SQL 2008

2011

4

3


Free Text Summary

Skills Summary

•            Databases - 15 Years – Design, administration, connectivity, tuning, replication.
•            Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (18 months), 2005. 2.5 years. SQL Server 2000 4 years. Transact SQL, SMO, SSIS, SSRS some SSAS. Clustered environment.
•            Performance Tuning. 3.5 Years including database performance tuning.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Majority of the CV

•       Job Title
•       Dates (month & year)
•       Achievements
•       Project Summary – Product, Technology, Complexity,  Level of Responsibility
•       Your individual contribution – ‘I’ not ‘we’

ABC Software Ltd, Southampton – February 2002 - Present

Mar 2008 – Present                         Senior Developer

June 2005 – Feb 2008                     Developer

Feb 2002 – June 2005                     Graduate Developer

 

EDUCATION

Include dates and grades where possible.

•       Education

–      Degree, A-Levels, GCSE’s

•       Professional Qualifications

–      MCDBA

•       Professional Courses

–      UML

•       Publications

•       Self-Study – books etc.

HOBBIES

•       Short paragraph summary

–      Common Sense
–      Non IT Hobbies

•       Reading, Time with the family, travelling, sailing.

–      IT Related Hobbies

•       Active Member of SQL User Group

Once your CV is ready, don’t forget to put it to good use – send it to contactus@spectrumit.co.uk

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