CVs, Applications & Cover Letters

CV (Curriculum Vitae) creates first impression regarding yourself to one of your potential employer. Employer or recruiter will review your CV such as how it is written and furnished so CV writing is also an vital part which needed to be considered as short listed candidate for the interview. Peoples are different, having different choices, different experiences and educations so normally ones CV may differ from other but that doesn’t matter what you need to do is to prepare your CV in a professional way.

There are 3 (Three) types of CVs or CVs formats. These are: i) Chronological CV
ii) Functional or Skills Based CV
iii) Combined CV

Chronological CV: Chronological CV is a most common sort of CV it meant where candidates job experience are well furnished employer by employer basis through the positions being listed in a sequential order. Also it includes details of education, qualifications, extracurricular activities, hobbies etc. In some chronological CV else includes a short personal information at the front or at the end of the CV.

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Functional or Skills Based CV: Functional or Skills based CV is made based on some one’s skills , work abilities or job experience rather than chronological order based on date. This type of CV is being treated on specific skills gained from work and academic qualifications will focus on candidate’s competencies. This format is very useful for entry level candidates, recent graduates or students. To change ones career this functional CV is ideal one.

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Combined CV: Combined CV is meant where chronological and functional CV united. This type of CV is slightly longer than normal CV size. This helps to re-sell your strength as well as your professional experience. It also shows ones long career progression along with training and achievement, recognition etc.

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Based on your personal requirement you may prepare your CV to submit to one of the potential employer to be place yourself in number one position for the vacant post.

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IT interviews tend to include technology-specific questions or actual technical (practical) tests, as well as the usual behavioural and general background and motivation questions,” explains Natasha Brooks, Head of IT Recruitment at Robert Walters. But fear not, Natasha has given us some insider tips on how you can prepare…

1. Don’t forget the basics

Make some time to prepare… for your preparation. “A few evenings should be enough unless the role is very different from the applicant’s current skills and experience,” reveals Natasha. In particular, she emphasises that applicants should “be prepared to talk about their skills and experience, reasons for choosing particular courses and career paths, reasons for accepting and leaving any jobs, gaps in employment and future aspirations”. Likewise, candidates need to think about “the role they are applying for – what does it involve? How does it match their skills and experience? Why are they interested and why do they think they would be good for the role?”

2. Practice makes perfect

Keep in mind that while your CV helps you land an interview, it may also be what lets you down. Namely, can you remember how to do everything you’ve said you’re trained to do? Your interview may require practical demonstrations of the technical capabilities on your CV, so be prepared.

“Ensure that you have up to date, practical knowledge of any technical skills that appear ‘current’ on your CV,” offers Natasha. “Spend time refreshing your knowledge on anything that may be a little rusty.”

So ask yourself: can I prove that I can do everything I’ve listed on my CV on the day of the interview?

3. Research and research, then research some more

“As with any type of job, research the company and the role to ensure that you can give real examples of where you have performed tasks that the role involves,” reveals Natasha. “If you know there are gaps in your knowledge or experience, don’t be afraid to acknowledge this, but do some preparation and research to show that you are proactive and capable of learning.”  This is where many people fall short.

“It is shocking how many applicants don’t do basic research on the company they are applying to and it reflects very poorly on them,” argues Natasha. “If they can’t be bothered to even read the website (let alone company reports, other news or PR articles), how enthusiastic are they likely to be in the job? As well as knowing what they can about the company, applicants should be prepared to discuss what attracts them to the company and why they are interested in working there.”

4. Think about the future

In the fast-paced world of IT, with its constant technological evolutions (and revolutions), you will stand out in the interview if you demonstrate a keen awareness of things that may affect the company – and even your job role – in the future.

“This is very important,” says Natasha. “Employers show the highest demand for professionals who understand how technology impacts a business and who can liaise with both technical and non-technical people throughout the company.”

If possible, show your interviewer that you understand how emerging issues such as cloud, mobile, social and big data technology could affect the company.

5. Answer questions, and ask them

When it comes to IT interviews, it is potentially hazardous to neglect preparing questions for your interrogators.

“All applicants should prepare some questions for the interview,” explains Natasha. “It shows that they are taking the process seriously and are looking to make an informed decision.”

Remember: your questions – whether technical or non-technical – may say as much about your potential and suitability as your answers.

And don’t forget, you can always read up on what to do if you haven’t had much experience doing job interviews and, with those basics covered, you can find out six ways on how to get the edge over other candidates here. Good luck.

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