Leading a tech company is hard. You have to race for the talent and make sure that everyone else back at the office is happy as well. Receiving emails in the middle of this process is an ongoing daily task. There is a diverse set of CV designs that I see and on the company email we get some interesting introductions by the candidates themselves. Some are cool and interesting, while some are bold and mostly empty. (We do read all the email that comes through).
One of the most common CV formats in this part of Europe is the Europass format, which I personally don’t like much. I’m still a big fan of the Linkedin style of structuring a Resume. You include a summary, latest work experience, certifications, languages & skills and you close it with your nice degrees from prestigious universities.
In 9/10 cases, unfortunately, the people don’t know how to structure a resume the right way, and sometimes they don’t even bother to try something new to impress the upcoming employer. So I would like to continue in short with some tips for different profiles of candidates and what they should be careful at.
Developers please have in mind to include a GitHub profile, https://github.com/namesurname. If you have made contributions to the fantastic community of github, by all means include references. If you have something else to share as part of a developer community, please do.
Designers please include a dribbble.com or behance.net profile link. This shows more than just your portfolio. It makes it easy for every company to see you and your skills, see feedback from real users that appreciate your work or even comment on it.
And to managers/executives, the Linekdin profile link is a must. Include it on the top, close to your contact information. Make sure to keep it updated and show the latest stuff there.
Summary – A summary of who you are, what you do and what your speciality is, in the beginning of the CV is a great starting point to impress. Youâ€™ll get some extra points if you even make the summary more tailored for the specific job position that you’re applying, thus showing why you fit for the company.
Experience – Always start the CV with the latest work experience or the current work experience. Include dates month/year and specific projects that you are working on. Tell in 1 or 2 lines what the company does and continue to the action. Tell what you have achieved, growing the company, expanding business, increasing sales, etc.
The Truth – Include only the latest experiences like the 3 or 4 lasts ones, and oh please don’t include your 1 month experiences, and your quick job changes to another company. To some it means honesty that you’re telling the quick job change, but to most it means that you’re an unstable candidate that will jump onto the next opportunity and will ditch the current employer.
Skills & Certificates – Don’t enlist everything you heard of on TV or through coffee chats with friends. If you say you know OpenGL, the Employer will ask about it. If you say you know Artificial Intelligence, they will ask about it. So make sure to include those you know well and group them into what you know best and some other stuff you would say itâ€™s interesting to mention. If you got certificates put them on the CV.
Education – If you’ve been to the University/College, why would you tell us that you went to High School or Elementary School. It’s enough to mention the Bachelor and/or Master Degree, don’t go further down the tree, ever. And if you have a cool thesis that you’ve worked on, please include it.
Keep it updated – Don’t even think about applying without an updated CV. If you don’t bother to update your CV, the employer won’t bother to even look at it, or even take the chance to invite you for an interview. There are cases like this happening, so make sure that you’re not part of this percentage.