If you’re applying for your first role in tech, it can be really difficult to know how to write a CV that highlights what you can offer to a company. However, just because your experience and proven use of technical skills are limited it shouldn’t stop you from applying.
The digital skills gap we’re seeing means that more and more companies are taking on applicants who are new to the sector. Here are some CV tips to help you prove that you’re the right candidate for a role in tech.
Add a specific cover letter
It can make a massive difference if you take the time to put together a cover letter specific to the role and company you are applying for. Not only will it demonstrate that you’re willing to make an effort, but it will also allow you to go into more detail on the achievements and skills you have that matter the most. Just because it’s a tech role, it doesn’t mean that technical skills are the only ones that matter, especially if you’re new to the sector. A cover letter can also highlight skills such as communication which can compensate for your lack of experience.
Mention your extracurricular activities
Personality and attitude go a long way. If you have any hobbies around tech or areas of special interest don’t be afraid to highlight these, especially if they are relevant to the role you are applying for. These details are memorable and can really help you to stand out to the reader. You should include these activities in your short profile or cover letter.
Improve your skills and include them
Many recruiters like to see a section on your CV highlighting your key strengths and your personal skills. This can be a great way to tell the reader how you will add value to the company. It can be helpful to include some soft skills such as communication to complement the technical ones you’ve developed.
If you don’t have much professional experience in tech, a great way to build your CV is to take part in short courses that offer badges or certifications. There are plenty of free learning platforms with certifications out there such as Google Digital Garage. Nothing shows that you’re willing better than time invested in learning, so it’s worth finding a course that is relevant to the role and completing it.
Write the results of your past work
While recruiters and hiring managers do want to understand what work experience you have, even if it hasn’t been in tech, avoid simply writing out your previous job descriptions. Instead, showcase what you personally delivered, what the result was and what you learned. Use the STAR(L) Method when describing your past work and also use this method to describe tasks in an interview. In our recent online event with Rob Magee, the CEO and founder of Ingenio who is a specialist recruitment business mentioned that “It really shows an extra level of maturity or insight and that you are really self-aware” when speaking about the use of this method.
Make sure your CV is clear to the reader
Once you’ve finished your CV, ask someone else to read it through. Ask if they can easily identify exactly what you were doing on any specific date that is relevant to your profile. The reader should also be able to navigate through your CV with ease
Here at Dublin CODING School, we offer a range of tech courses that are ideal for those looking to change their career or add to their skill set. We also have our career centre where we can further improve your CV and your online presence. If you would like to find out more about us click HERE!