How to write an IT professional CV (with an example)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published 4 June 2022

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When applying for a job in any field, including IT, having the right documentation as part of your application is key. Having a CV with your most relevant information is a crucial part of the application process, informing a recruiter of your specific skills and talents. As a result, knowing how to write an effective CV gives you a greater chance of obtaining the job you want. In this article, we explain what an IT professional CV is and how to write an IT professional CV, with a template and an example to help you write your own.

What is an IT professional CV?

A CV is a document that outlines your career to date and your suitability for a role. Therefore, an IT professional CV emphasises the skills of someone in this position. It discusses your experience, qualifications and specific skills, such as the use of coding languages, within a single sheet of A4 paper. The aim of the CV is to showcase your abilities to prospective employers and ultimately obtain a job as an IT professional.

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How to write an IT professional CV

Since IT is such a broad field with multiple subsections, understanding how to write an IT professional CV can be a difficult process. There's a wide range of different skills and competencies in IT, so establishing which features of your skill set to include in any given application depends on the nature of the job you're applying for and which skills you can feasibly show evidence of. Follow the steps below to write an effective IT professional CV:

1. Examine your career

Start the process by thoroughly examining your career to date. This involves considering your professional strengths, some of the limitations you encountered in your previous work experience and your hard and soft skills. Try to write this down in a series of lists rather than keeping track of the information mentally, as this allows you to chart your career progression more efficiently.

Building a comprehensive understanding of your career gives you more confidence in your existing skill set while signposting some of your potential weaknesses. Having a greater degree of self-reflection is a skill that many employers appreciate and means you have a significantly more accurate CV that portrays your career history in a positive manner.

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2. Research the job market

After assessing your personal skills and experiences, start looking in more detail at the job market itself. This entails a range of different factors, such as identifying which organisations are currently hiring new members of staff at this time and the specific roles that are available. Job markets go through cycles, so certain roles are more prevalent at certain times than others. Paying close attention to this means you have a better chance of getting the roles you prefer.

Furthermore, paying more attention to the job market means you have a better chance of understanding the specific role you seek. By reading through all of the relevant job descriptions, you build a better idea of what the positions mean and involve. Using this information means you have a more accurate perspective of what each job entails and know which specific roles interest you the most.

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3. Complete a keyword analysis

When you have a better idea of the roles available to applicants in the job market, complete a detailed keyword analysis on a series of job descriptions. This means going through the majority of the job descriptions and reading through them for mentions of specific keywords, such as various skills, qualifications and levels of experience. Put all of this information into a table, including the percentage of vacancies requiring the keywords and the context in which the vacancy mentions the skill or qualification it looks for in an employee.

This information is a key part of writing a more effective IT professional CV, especially since jobs in this sector often revolve around specific hard skills such as software proficiency. Organisations implement keyword analysis software to eliminate applicants from the recruitment process. Their use of this software means that including important keywords is a fundamental part of ensuring your CV is read by a recruiter, rather than an algorithm eliminating your CV from contention. Learning key terms and including them significantly improves your chance of employment.

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4. Write the CV

Now you have a better idea of the information and keywords to include in your CV, start writing the document. This means filling out all of your employment information in different categories, including:

  • Professional summary: Summarise your own experiences, qualifications and personality in a short paragraph.

  • Work experience: Summarise your experience of IT workplaces, with most CVs discussing the three previous or most relevant workplaces for the vacancy.

  • Education: Summarise your education, from a summary of your GCSEs to your degree classification and final grade.

  • Skills and achievements: Summarise your specific skills that apply in an IT workplace and mention some of your relevant personal achievements outside the work setting.

People use a range of different formats for writing a CV. These include a chronological CV that tracks your career over time, a skills-based CV that focuses on your skills and capabilities and hybrid CVs that take features from each format. Choosing the right format is a key part of the process, as this ensures that you convey all of the essential information to the recruiter and improve your chances of employment.

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5. Get a proofreader

Once you've completed your CV, ask someone you trust to proofread it. When editing your own work, there's always a risk of missing some of the errors in your personal writing style. This means that asking someone to read through your CV and make notes of any errors is ideal for producing a concise and grammatically accurate CV for employers. If you're unable to find anyone, at least proofread your CV by yourself before sending it away.

Depending on your circumstances, using a professional proofreader is not usually necessary. If you're in doubt, though, having someone with a strong grasp of professional writing and language may assist your CV. A professional proofreader can remove any unnecessary language and ensure that your work is as legible as possible. Such services are available online if you're unable to find anyone to help you locally.

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IT professional CV template

Creating a CV from scratch is a difficult process. It requires a significant amount of structuring and formatting to ensure that you correctly all of the necessary information to the recruiter. Use the template below to help you write your CV:

[Full name]
[Full address]
[Phone number]
[Email address]

Professional Summary
[Use this short paragraph to outline your background, career plans, career history and any key aspects of your personality that you think may be worth including.]

Employment History
[Job title]
[Company name]: [Month and year of employment start and end]
[Bullet point list of key responsibilities in the workplace and accomplishments at the company]
[Job title]
[Company name]: [Month and year of employment start and end]
[Bullet point list of key responsibilities in the workplace and accomplishments at the company]

Education
[Name of school or college]
[Dates of attendance]
[GCSE and A-Level results and summary]
[Name of university]
[Dates of attendance]
[Degree grade and summary of specialisations]

Professional skills and achievements

  • [List of soft skills, such as teamwork abilities]

  • [List of hard skills, such as PC repair or proficiency with coding languages]

  • [List of personal achievements]

IT professional CV example

Use this example CV below to help you write your own:

John Smith 49 Yew Street, Northampton, NH4 9JK
01632 960123
j.smith@mail.org

Professional Summary
An IT professional with over five years of experience working with various systems, services and IT support tools, including bug tracking software and agile project management interfaces.

Employment History
IT Support Manager
AJS Technical: May 2020–Present

  • Responsible for supporting staff with technical issues.

  • Created systems and solutions for ongoing problems.

  • Currently work as a team leader, organising staff responses and managing employee workflows.

IT Support Assistant
ComProbe: November 2016–April 2020

  • Worked with customers towards problem resolution.

  • Developed on-the-spot responses to technical issues.

  • Worked in a wider team towards more effective system design.

Education
Northampton Fields School
September 1995–June 2002
GCSEs: 3A* (inc Science, Maths), 6B (inc Computing), 3C A-Levels: Computing (A), Mathematics (B), History (B)

Camptown University
September 2002–June 2005
BSc in Computer Science, 2:1 (inc modules on web development and troubleshooting)

Professional skills and achievements

  • Adept at working in teams with a keen eye for detail.

  • Know several programming languages, including HTML.

  • Significant experience with computer hardware repair.

  • Won 'Employee of the Year' in 2020 and 2021 consecutively.

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