If you’re interested in applying for a role in software development, there are plenty of ways to make your CV more engaging to the reader and, in the process, give a better representation of what you’ll bring to the company. Here are a few top tips to help you build the base of your software development CV.
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Unless specifically asked to, it’s not necessary to attach a cover letter. If that’s the case, then you’ll need to make sure you’re giving the reader a good sense of your background and abilities elsewhere.
If you’re searching for your first software development job, or you have little recent experience, there are still ways to promote what you’ll bring to the hiring company.
As you should have worked out by now, the key thing to remember is to read the job specification and match your CV to what the organisation is looking for. Yes, it can be painful to tailor your CV for every application, but it’s worth the work. The only two things that hiring parties have to go on when determining whether to give you an interview are the job requirements and your CV - if they don’t align, you won’t be getting called.
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Director - Software Engineering, Hays Ireland
Jason has worked in Software Engineering recruitment for the past 10 years, placing candidates within every technical stack at everywhere from household names to start-up scaling companies that have went onto IPO. Jason currently leads a team of technical recruiters and hosts a leadership webinar called "Inspiring Technology: Stories of Success” which brings together tech leaders in Ireland to discuss their careers.