Hunting in IT: what CVs a recruiter will never miss
Despite the belief that CVs are nowadays just a formality in job applications, and all issues are resolved in a live conversation, this is not the case. The CV continues to play a significant role in the initial assessment of a candidate. What IT recruiters think an ideal CV should be.
It is no secret that a lot of public resumes on online resources for job seekers and employers belong to people who are not looking for work. They post them to monitor the job market or to find out their price – and… just forget to close them. Sometimes a CV is only updated and we see it as open for offers. Of course, it is a good idea to keep your CV up to date. After a few years it can be difficult to remember exactly what you did and what tasks you were involved in at your last job. You can edit your CV on them at any time: start a project – put in a new actual line. It’s very convenient.
But it is worth remembering a tip from us recruiters – look carefully at the settings in public CV databases and don’t forget to use them. Especially the privacy settings. Otherwise every time you update your CV, even if it’s a couple of commas, your status will be “In Search” again. And you’ll get calls again from us “intrusive” recruiters and distract you from urgent work or personal tasks.
In a CV, it’s really important to spell out in as much detail as possible your tasks in your previous jobs, the results you’ve achieved and your technical skills. It’s not just a formality – employers are really curious and very important about where you’ve worked so far and what you’re good at. Also, the more detailed your CV is, the more chances we have of finding it exactly by keywords and contacting you.
Aside from the content, it’s also good to pay attention to the “little things” involved in the layout. Of course, a photo with a bear in a hug in your resume, as well as a creative avatar in an instant messenger in our field no one is surprised. But still, a more formal style is always preferable. For example, we are wary of starting an e-mail conversation with a candidate with a “go to лес@protonmail.com” style.
It also spoils the whole impression of a CV, and recruiters may even set it aside if it blatantly violates the rules of business communication. For example, you can see CV’s that say: “Please do not disturb me from HR, let the director call you right away”. Even if you have a cool track record, but you leave such remarks on your CV, answering the phone rudely, for us this is a reason to think about how you deal with subordination and boundaries at work, and how you will work in a team with such an attitude to people.
Soft skills – today play a crucial role when choosing a candidate for an IT company. By the way, it is on soft skills that the HR department often asks for feedback from the previous employer. In my practice, there were cases when candidates who could not get along with people but had excellent technical skills were simply rejected. In IT these days, all processes are transforming rapidly, development is at high speed, everyone depends on each other and communication skills are very important.
As for inconvenient HR calls, which annoy many people: just specify a time when you can talk and a more convenient messenger. We’ll be sure to take this into account in our first and subsequent communications – after all, it’s just the new politeness today.
It would seem! But often applicants don’t deliberately deceive the HR officer, they just underestimate some CV details – and they can play a crucial role. A simple example is “willingness to travel”. There are jobs for which this parameter is critical, the work involves a lot of moving around the country. But some candidates tick this box without even thinking about it. It’s better to specify everything as it is even in such details. This way when you first meet the recruiter, you can focus on the more important things like learning more about the company or your skills rather than having to clarify ambiguous points on your CV.
The same goes for any other details – it’s quick and easy to check and clarify everything in the process. We just got feedback on a candidate from a technical interview: “Tried to google the answers to the questions during the interview. Of course +1 for resourcefulness, but after all you are working with professionals, and this usually does not go unnoticed.
Tell the truth, but don’t shy away from revealing any plus points in your favor in as meaningful a way as possible. If you write “Java” then state where you studied the language, how many months, what’s your level. Often what this really means is “I’m taking a Java course”. Our job is to ask questions, we have checklists, and the first thing we have to find out is the amount and quality of experience. Therefore, it is better to write “learning” – as it is, perhaps the company needs exactly junior specialists, you can be retrained internally, and so on. In other words, lack of experience is not a disadvantage that you have to hide, but simply a given.