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Developer Careers Guide 6: CV Guide. Information to include

CVs are highly subjective things. Everyone will read them differently and your CV will be viewed differently by various people in the selection process. It may be read as a complete document, start to finish, or it may be used purely as a point of reference of your key skills.

Your CV has to be suitable for every scenario and the best way to achieve this is to separate it into sections and ensure that each section offers the information as detailed below. This will ensure that vital information will not be missed.

Here at RecWorks, we’ve often heard others recommend that a CV should be no longer than two pages, but our experience is that we’ve never had a complaint about a CV being over two pages long. The priority is the content, not the length.

When composing your CV, write clearly and concisely. Do not sell yourself short, but be careful not to waffle. Take a hint from marketers and salesmen: when writing advertising copy, speeches or sales pitches the content is drafted and edited many times before a final document is produced. This will be one of the most important documents you will ever write and will dictate your future, so it’s important that you get it right.

The sections to include are:

  • Personal information
  • Personal statement
  • Technical skills
  • Career history
  • Supplementary information

Each of these is covered in full in the other posts in this guide.

Top 2% tip: The top 2% of candidates prepare a general version of their CV, then make subtle changes to highlight their suitability for each position they apply for.

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