Copy and paste? The biggest mistakes on Technical CV’s



Often as a technical recruitment consultant with 15 years experience, candidates ask for advice on their CV. This is a good thing to ask because we get feedback from a number of different hiring personal all with different ideas as to what they do and don’t like on a CV. This helps us build up a good overall idea as to what works. For technical roles a technical snapshot is obviously important but one thing I have noticed and I advise to never do is the ‘ copy and paste ‘.

Sometimes I see the same responsibilities copied and pasted for every company and project.

Take your time, think back to the project, the team , the part you played. Explain not just the technologies you used or the activity but how that impacted on completion or success of the final result.

Example: “I was involved in the SDLC”

Ok great ! How ? What was your involvement , how did this impact / benefit the team and project? A little more detail can make the difference between the interview and rejection .

Appreciated sometimes it is too vast to go into every detail but the content needs to be captivating . To copy and paste with mundane sentences is really not a good indicator of your individual achievements or your part and purpose in a project. It is especially not good for permanent work history. You can not have had the same role for every company.

Another faux paus I find on work history is when there is too much emphasis on the reason for the project and no mention of technologies were used or the how you or the team contributed to the success of the project. It is good to give an idea as to the project or product but not if it has been once again simply copied and pasted from the client’s website . For every piece of information you role and technologies used is the key piece of information the client will be looking for.

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