The role of the HR staff is to go through people's CV's in order to find the right one for the company. There are times when there are just too many applicants that they need to go through, and the task can become tedious. That’s why there is a need to make them want to read your CV. The next time you are looking to land a programming job, you should consider the tips below. So what does it take to make me want to read your CV? Well, if you are trying to land a programming job then you need to include links. You want the employer to know that you know how to write great code. One way to do so is by providing a link to your GitHub profile. Whether it is just something you are doing during your free time or freelance work for others, it is important to show how competent you are for the job. Other links that you might want to include in your CV are your stack overflow profile, blog, and Twitter account. These links will allow the employer to know you better. When it comes to your profile, the CV must describe what you are passionate about and the technologies that you are interested in. You should avoid using buzzwords because it is a sure way to be ignored by a potential employer. Instead, you must include what projects you were involved in, what technical communities you are part of, what you are learning right now, and other important stuff about you, and best of all, avoid writing the profile in the third person. Another turn off is a skills section that lists the technologies that you are familiar with. It will make you look like someone who is just trying to spam your CV with keywords. Your competence will already be known through the links you have posted, therefore there’s no need for a long list of skills. The experience section must be something that will make me want to read your CV. This is where you describe your previous projects and the technologies used in them. It must be something that you have done and not what your team has done. You should keep it short and straight to the point. There’s no need to describe the company or the product that you were part of in the past. You don’t need to list all the technology you have used. If it is for source control, then you don’t need to provide details of the OS’s and the IDE’s. Being a programmer, it is already a given that you know all the stuff without listing them. When it comes to your education, just mention your degree. If you don’t have one, then don’t include this section in your CV. And don’t include an activities and interests section as well. If you want to know free job help tips and tricks, then subscribe to our newsletter. We will send you more tricks of the trade that will help you land that programming job.
Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge