When creating a technical CV and looking for a job in IT it is recommended to be as specific as possible. You want your CV to stand out above the crowd. The CV is the first point of contact with every client and to sell yourself as a technologist is a key objective. Keep your CV specific and focus on listing the technical stack. One thing clients always pick up on and something that is important to them is knowing what exact technology stack candidates have used in previously in jobs and projects so be as precise as you can.
What to include & how to format your technical CV
Introducing yourself to the client by telling them who you are and what you do sounds simple, but it’s crucial. A good personal profile shows you know what you’re talking about and what your objective is for your next role.
Technical Skillset list
Always list the technologies you have been exposed to throughout your career. An example list of overall technology stack is as follows:
One mistake I see constantly is candidates who put a “rating system” on their technical skills, where they rate themselves out of 10. I wouldn’t encourage this as it’s better to leave the client to ascertain your skills in an interview.
List previous positions on your CV and include bullet points explaining your exact role within the project, what you accomplished and general “success stories” of your time.
Education & courses
List your education and be specific about your thesis – the objective, the process and the goal, and the technology stack in the thesis. Your thesis can give a client an insight into your early interactions with computer science and get a sense of your natural creativity outside of the working world.
Like the points above, include a technical stack to show what you used to complete the project and how you used each particular language, framework etc. You should also list any supplementary courses you’ve completed such as Coursera courses or Udemy courses.
To conclude, a technical CV must be extremely specific about technologies. The key objective of a CV is to not have any ambiguities, a client should never have more questions than answers after reading a CV. The more specific you are on a Technical CV the more you display knowledge and proficiency in your discipline.