It’s worth repeating something mentioned earlier in this RecWorks Developer Careers Guide, as it is a crucial truth that many candidates ignore to the detriment of their chances of getting their perfect job:
Having seen many examples of CVs that get a candidate interviewed and CVs that get a candidate declined, it is not the BEST candidates on the market that get the most interviews. It is the candidates whose CVs are most suited to the requirement who are invited to come for interview. It is not the strongest candidate; it is the strongest CV.
The most successful 2% of the IT industry use a technique which allows them to stand head and shoulders above the rest. This technique has always been, and always will be, used by the most successful people on the market; the candidates that always seem to be get interviewed whoever they apply to. These candidates are often no better than others; they just have more suitable CVs.
In our CV guide we have shown how simple it is to tailor your CV to each role. Some quite straightforward research should enable you to work out from a job spec, company web site or job advert a little about what the company is looking for. All you have to do is highlight the areas of your background, which most closely match the job requirements. The trick to doing this successfully is not to make major changes to a CV that you are clearly gearing to this specific role but instead to make subtle alterations to your Technical Skills Statement, Career History and Personal Statement so that the skills the company are looking for appear simply to be a natural highlight in a CV you use whichever job you apply for … and that you just happen to be a perfect candidate for the role.
If you follow the advice given in this and the preceding posts in the Developer Careers Guide about writing a CV, you will have given yourself the best chance to be called for interview. In our next few posts we’ll cover the crucial matter of meeting with a recruiter and progressing through the stages of the interview process.