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Writing the perfect CV for ICT

16 Dec 13  | Technology
Numerous reports over recent years have declared
a marked drop in the
number of IT graduates, following the 90s boom. Back then, with the burgeoning tech world on everybody's lips, students
in their droves headed to university in a bid to get one of the jobs in this new and exciting market.
 

Since then, the hype has died down and IT graduate numbers have been steadily falling. This doesn't mean that IT jobs are on the way out, though, but instead that there might be a little less competition than in the 90s heyday. This shouldn't act as a reason for job seekers to go into it brimming with confidence and expecting doors to simply open for them, however, but should prompt them to polish up the CV and really nail that ideal position.

Techie or layman?

One of the biggest considerations facing ICT professionals when it comes to writing a CV is just how technical to make it. Anything filled with jargon and tech-speak is likely to alienate more luddite recruiters, whereas going too basic and plain English may not give the best impression for anyone a bit more attuned with the job at hand.

In most cases, the best result would be to go somewhere in the middle - albeit leaning slightly more toward the plain English approach. This allows CVs to be written in ways that everyone can understand, whilst also not shying away from using tech terms or abbreviations where necessary.

Those who have done their research and are confident their CV will land in the lap of a fellow IT professional, however, may wish to try a more novel approach in order to stand out, such as creating it in a coding language, such as PHP or C++. This is a high risk/high reward strategy, however, as it will endear or alienate in equal measure, depending on who reads it. One thing that's for sure; it will stand out.

Communication

Even today, with an increasingly connected world with more people having a basic understanding of computing, anyone who works in tech will have to consign themselves to explaining their work to anyone and everyone. Not only that, the people with whom an ICT professional has to communicate can vary, from their fellow experts to clients, partners and some tech-averse shareholders.

With these conversations, ICT workers need to explain clearly and comprehensively, just what they are doing, as well as the perceived end result.

This plays a huge role in determining the success of an ICT professional, but is often lost among more tech-oriented attributes and qualifications. So to really stand out, this skill should be detailed clearly and - if possible - early on in the CV. That way, it shows not only the ability to do a job, but relay exactly what is happening to anyone that needs to know.

In using these two simple tips to show off an ICT CV in the best possible light, jobseekers may not need to worry about how many others are applying for the role they are targeting. Whether huge or tiny competition, a good CV should happily see off all comers.

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