2018 is another stellar year for growth in the IT sector, with over 3,500 jobs announced in the sector in Ireland alone. There’s never been a better time to update your CV and test the market, but when market demand centres around specific skills, how can you best catch the attention of your dream company?

Let’s be honest – no one actually likes writing a CV. It’s tough to boil your entire experience down into a few short paragraphs, selling your best points while still being concise and easy to read. We’ve offered 8 tips to help you on your way.

Keywords are Key

Most CVs don’t go straight into the hands of the CTO – they may have to pass through an internal or external recruiter with no technical background, or meet minimum keyword hits to appear in a database search.Not sure what keywords you need to include to push your CV to the top?

Just check the job description! Most job ads will contain everything the company are looking for on the CV. Read it through and make sure any of their requirements you have experience with are reflected on your profile.

Simple is Best.

It’s never been easier to create stunning one-page CV with little effort, with thousands of Illustrator templates available online. However, you might be doing yourself more harm than good.A flattened PDF CV may make your profile unsearchable, as it won’t come up in a keyword search. Bright splashes of colour also make it harder for recruiters to see the words they’re looking for quickly on the page.

The limits of a one-page CV even make it tricky to give decent explanations of your experience, your education or even your hobbies. Let your experience do the talking for you and stick to simple black and white text.

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